SENSEI LINEAGE

 Sensei Kenosuke Enoeda 9th Dan 1935 - 2002

The following profile on Sensei Enoeda is a brief account of how he first became associated with the KUGB, and his feelings for the country that was his home for almost 30 years. Sensei Enoeda was born in Kyushu, an island in the South of Japan, on July 4th 1935. A strong and natural athlete, he initially took up baseball, kendo, and judo, as did many of his contemporaries - these being the popular sports in Japan at that time. He proved particularly adept at Judo, and by the age of 16 he had reached 2nd Dan. However, as is often the way, fate guided him to a demonstration by two top Karate exponents from the famous Takashoku University. The two Karateka, Senseis Irea and Okazaki, so impressed him, that there and then, he decided to channel his energy into Karate.He enrolled at Takashoku University, joined the Karate section, and within two years was the proud holder of Shodan. Another two years found him Club Captain. One of his teacher's was the great Master and founder of modern Shotokan Karate, Funakoshi Gichin, whose instruction and advice was a source of inspiration to him. He graduated with a degree in economics before joining the JKA instructors class which he attended for three years, during which time his main instructor was Sensei Nakayama. He also trained with many of the top Sensei of other schools and styles of Karate. It was this quality of instruction, combined with a fiercesome determination, which molded Sensei Enoeda into one of Japan's finest ever competitors and instructors. After achieving his aim of becoming JKA Champion, Sensei began to receive invitations to instruct in various countries - Indonesia, South Africa, Hawaii - and eventually joined his friend, Hirokazu Kanazawa, to instruct in EnglanD So it was, that in 1965, Sensei Enoeda found himself in a place called Liverpool, where he was to spend some considerable time. He had a flat in Percy Street, in Liverpool City Centre, close to the Anglican Cathedral, and his transport was a bright orange Volkswagen Beetle. He was instructing full-time at the Liverpool Red Triangle Dojo, and the quality of instruction and the spirit he engendered was soon to bring the club competition success. If you were there in those early days, you would have found it difficult not to be inspired by the intensity of his coaching. No less inspirational was the intensity of his training - every morning at 7am in Sefton Park he would meet with a small group of students and train with them, showing by example that even All-Japan champions need to make training part of the daily lives. These students included Andy Sherry, Terry O'Neil, Bob Poynton, and Bill Christall. Thus, Sensei's 'way' has permeated through to KUGB club Instructors and to the current generation of Junior and Senior Squad members, and goes a long way to explaining the high standards of Karate within the KUGB. When he went to Australia for the World JKA Championships in 1989, he would have the British Squad out training every morning at 7am. Sensei would talk about how his life had changed since he had left Japan to teach in England in 1966. He confessed that he had worried about the changes he would have to face - both in culture and climate - something he had not experienced so much when, for example, he was teaching in Hawaii. The climate there is similar to the Summer months of Japan, and there is a long established Japanese community. At first he found English food strange - he could not believe we make a pudding from rice! - and the British weather! What did emerge from the conversation however was that he had grown to love the British people and their culture, and that he was so proud to be Chief Instructor to the KUGB. He was once asked was he getting used to British food and he replied "of course! I feel that now I AM British!". Sensei married in England in 1969, and lived in Kingston, Surrey, with his wife Reiko. His two children, Daisuke and Maya have both graduated from university and worked in England. Sensei lived as an English gentleman, whilst developing the KUGB and on his behalf we will continue to work to make the KUGB even stronger. Sensei would have it no other way. He sadly passed away in 2002.

 Sensei Andy Sherry 9th dan, was born on July 9th 1943, near to Liverpool City Centre. While still at school, he became interested in Japanese martial arts and started to train at Judo. In 1956 he also took up Ju-Jitsu and it was while he was studying this he first started to become interested in Karate.

Along with several others, he helped found the Liverpool Karate club under the auspices of the British Karate Federation. He studied karate with T. Murakami, H. Mochizuki, and H. Kanazawa in the early '60s and received his Shodan in 1966, the first person in Great Britain to be awarded such a rank in Shotokan karate.

He was the KUGB's first Kata champion in 1967, and the next year, 1968, he became the first grand Champion by winning both the Kata and Kumite events. This was the start of a now legendary run of successes in National and International Championships. He first won the EAKF European Kumite title in 1968, and then went on to win other Individual European Championship titles and countless team events as a member of British and England teams.

In his competition Kumite, he was a fast and skilful fighter, noted for his stunningly fast Gyaku Tsuki which he combined with a very rapid Yori-Ashi (foot movement) to make him one of the most respected fighters on the International scene.

He was also a master of timing and tactics, skills that he now uses, along with Sensei Enoeda, to coach the KUGB international squad. Although recognised internationally as a fighter, it should not be forgotten that he dominated the Kata event in the first four KUGB National Championships, and that he achieved many successes in Kata in European and National Championships until his retirement from competition in 1977.

It was in 1966 that he, along with a small group of representatives from other UK Karate clubs, helped form the Karate Union of Great Britain.

Although very busy as a competitor and as an instructor, he immediately too an active part in the KUGB administration from its inception, and in 1973 he was elected as Chairman of the KUGB.

He has had many firsts in his long Karate career - he was Britain's first Shotokan Black Belt, the first 3rd Dan, the first qualified British Shotokan International Referee, and he now holds the highest rank ever awarded by the Japan Karate Association to a European - 7th Dan of the JKA.

His coaching and management of the KUGB National Squad reached its peak at Sunderland in 1990, when the KUGB British Team defeated Japan to win the World Shotokan Karate Championships. Since then, the KUGB has taken first, third and second place Team titles at the 1991, 1993, and 1995 WSKA championships respectively.

Quiet by nature, he is totally dedicated to Karate and the KUGB - he serves both with a passionate dedication that is an inspiration to others, and there can be no doubt that he will continue to dedicate himself to the KUGB to ensure that its remains the largest, most professional and one of the most respected Karate organizations in the World.

 Sensei Paul Moon 6th dan, was born in England November 1964.  He spent 5 years of his life in Australia and took up football (soccer). He returned to England at the age of 8 and jumped right back into soccer as this was his first love of sport.

Whilst living in Torquay in Devon, Paul started boxing at the tender age of 9. His father Malcolm was a qualified boxing coach and Paul managed to box and play for the Torquay tigers soccer team. 

His cousin John (whose parents were close friends with Soo's parents) had decided to join the Newton Abbot karate club in 1976. Paul trained with him for around 3 months and took his first belt but found it hard to juggle karate, boxing and soccer and so left karate. 

His family decided to move to Newton Abbot in 1978, the Karate club owned by Soo's family,  had moved to Dyrons Sports Center and Paul now unable to continue with boxing, decided to go back to karate. Unknown to him at the time, his occasional teacher was to become his wife some years later.

Paul still managed to attend soccer training for an hour and a half and then going straight to karate for 2 hours training. 

He was graded regularly by Sensei Andy Sherry and was inspired by his spirit and dedication of karate, so much so that this became his goal, to be as passionate and spirited about karate as Sensei Sherry. 

Paul was fortunate enough to have trained regularly with the late Sensei Enoeda, who was an inspiration to everyone who trained with him. He left the KUGB a great legacy. He also trained regularly with top KUGB instructors such as Terry O'Neill, Frank Brennan, Bob Poynton, Bob Rhodes and  Billy Higgins.

Paul has been loyal to Shotokan karate and the KUGB ever since. He continues to teach in his own club in the USA ( which has an international affiliation to the KUGB, ) with the same traditions, spirit, passion and dedication as his chief instructor.

Paul was an avid competitor with many District, Regional & National titles until he retired from competition in 2009. He is a qualified ASEP coach and a qualified National and International referee. He is also an executive committee member and chief referee to the UTKA, an organization he started with 2 fellow karateka. He is also chief referee on the National council of the USSSA.  Paul was also inducted into the karate hall of fame in 2010

NORTH PORT SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB

We have been in North Port since 1995. We train at the Gene Matthews Boys and Girls Club in North Port. We train Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00pm. Mondays in Imagine School lower campus 6-8pm

Before we came to North Port we had a club in Newton Abbot Devon England for 23 years. It was also affiliated to the KUGB.(see history of north port shotokan)

Can anyone practice karate?

Karate can be practiced by men, women & children, our students range from the very young to senior citizens, anyone who is in reasonable health can train karate. We observe the improvement in the behavior of our children, who regularly train at our club.This is because of the emphasis we place on good manners and discipline.

Who will be teaching me?

North Port Shotokan Karate Club is under the instruction of qualified black belts. Chief Instructor Sensei Paul Moon and his wife Sensei Soo Moon, who have over 80 years experience together and trained by Sensei Andy Sherry, top international instructor and chief instructor of the KUGB. Sensei Andy Sherry was trained directly by the late Master K. Enoeda of Japan, one of the highest ranked Sensei in the Japan Karate Association or JKA.

One of our four children Sensei Julie Moon, who has trained under her parents and their teachers has over 25 years of experience is also a Senior Instructor. Together they are the perfect combination for a successful club & have proved this in a very short time in their North Port club. 

The club also has several qualified black belts who teach.

The club has had many Regional, National, and even World Champions. The club has received awards from the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) for being one of the top 20 clubs in the USA. The club is affiliated with the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain). The club often has seminars with top international instructors.

Sensei Moon  started his own organization along with 2 other Sensei's from different styles, UTKA, United Traditional Karate Alliance, to unite traditional karateka.

What are the benefits of karate?

The hard physical training required to reach a high level of skill in karate promotes overall good health, fitness, and well-being. The concentration, commitment and dedication required helps have strong confidence and determination. There is a Dojo Kun, or training code, which only ensures a disciplined training environment, but serves as a tool for molding behavior so the true karateka will fight with words and only employ physical violence as a last resort with obvious benefits to society.

 

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