Adam Carter, has been studying, training and practicing karate for over 47 years, teaching since 1985. Currently ranked Hachidan (8th Dan) Black Belt and Hanshi in traditional Okinawan Karate.

Carter-sensei first began studying karate in 1974 while still at school. He studied the Wado-Ryu style of karate under Tatsuo Suzuki sensei in the UK.

In February 1982, Carter-sensei joined a karate school located at a local sports centre, in Bracknell (UK), which at the time taught Sankukai karate.

Sankukai karate is a style of karate founded by Yoshinao Nanbu in 1971. It was created by the combining of principles and techniques of Aikido, Judo, Shito-Ryu karate and Shukokai karate. The chief instructor was Prof. Roger Mills 8th dan Kyoshi (then 5th dan), the assistant instructors were Dave Ireland sensei (4th dan), and Bob Sergent sensei 7th dan (then 3rd dan). In 1985, Mills-sensei changed to the Shito-Ryu style of karate exclusively, under Kenji Kusano Soke, of Kusano-ha Shito-Ryu Kenpo Karate-do.

In the 1980's and 1990's, Carter-sensei competed in many karate tournaments throughout the UK and Europe, in kata and kumite, winning and placing highly in many of these events, as part the dojo karate team and individually.

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Carter-sensei with Soke Mabuni image

Carter-sensei with Soke Mabuni

Carter-sensei completely immersed himself in karate and sought out many different instructors, schools and dojo. He trained with sensei and students from other styles of karate, including Shotokan, Kyokushin and Goju Ryu.

Carter-sensei continued to assist the Chief Instructor Mills-sensei and Sergent-sensei, teaching at the Honbu dojo and a second dojo within the association. Remaining with his sensei until August 1997, after re-assessing his position, his future goals and ambitions, he decided to resign from the association he had spent 15 years with to concentrate on his own dojo.

The karate Carter-sensei had learnt for many years was mainly sport orientated, therefore he sought out many instructors throughout the UK, USA and Japan in order that he could return to the more traditional forms of karate.

Carter-sensei truly wanted to return to traditional concepts and methods of training with the aim of removing the sporting element, seeking a more self defence orientated karate.

Carter-sensei states that, "through our karate training we strive to improve our character and our ability to protect ourselves, family and friends, through technique, etiquette, discipline, hard training and the continuation of our learning. To practice and follow the way of karate is a life long study, a journey of self-discovery and improvement".

In September 2000 Carter-sensei became a member of the Nihon Karatedo Kai and the Shito-Ryu International Karate-Do Kai, under Kenzo Mabuni Soke, as his official UK representative and senior instructor for England, in Seito (pure/original) Shito-Ryu. (Carter-sensei is no longer a member of this association)

Carter-sensei has also practised with, and attended seminars with many of the top Japanese karate instructors who have visited the UK and Europe over the last four decades. One of the highlights of his karate career was being graded by Mabuni Kenzo Sensei (1927-2005), the son of the founder of Shito-Ryu karate, Mabuni Kenwa (1889-1952). After the passing of Mabuni Kenzo, Carter-sensei continued to attend seminars and clinics with Mabuni Kenei Sensei (1918-2015) and Nakahashi Hidetoshi Sensei (1944-2019).

Early Days with Tsukada-sensei & Mills-sensei

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Adam Carter-sensei

Carter-sensei's interests have always been in the study and application of kata for self-defense/self-protection using methods and principles taken from old Okinanwan karate. Today, Carter-sensei is a member of the "Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei", an organization entrusted with the continuation and the preserving of the martial art of the late Kentsu Takahashi.

Kentsu Takahashi Soke (1900-1994) was a student of the "Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu", which is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in Japan, the total embodiment of Koryu Bujutsu (old style martial arts). Takahashi Soke was a student of Kentsu Yabu and Choshin Chibana of Okinawa. During 1953, he founded his own organization and here he began teaching to small groups of selected students, where he concentrated teaching and emphasizing the traditional ideology and the spirituality of Koryu Bujutsu.

Carter-sensei is the official representative and senior instructor for the USA, under Garry O'Connor Hanshi 10th dan, who is the inheritor of Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do. Teaching karate since 1985 Carter-sensei today enjoys sharing his experience gained over four decades in passing on this knowledge to his students.

If you have any comments, queries or you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Carter-sensei.

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