SENSEI GERRY BREEZE 8th DAN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR TO FBSKUI &
Sensei Gerry Breeze training life and experience comes with 47
years of top Japanese Instruction, training under such people as
Kanawaza his first Instructor, followed by Enoeda, Tomita, Osaka,
Tanaka, Takahashi, Sumi, Yahara, Abe, Asai, Ohta, Kagawa, Kase, Uke,
and even Nakayama Sensei on his one time visit to England. The list is
endless. The late Sensei Enoeda being his Chief Instructor for over 30
Sensei Breeze started training in 1965 in Bournemouth and has
been in his present dojo for 46 years. The Bournemouth Kanku Shotokan
Sensei Breeze has become a renowned International Instructor,
teaching the original art of JKA Nakayama Shotokan Karate and has been
travelling to Romania, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Belgium,
Sultan of Oman, Portugal and many other countries.
Sensei Breeze has spent the last 30 years studying all the JKA
Nakayama Kata. He has extensive knowledge of kata, which he teaches
around the world and wonders why some Instructor’s want to reinvent the
wheel, by changing little things in kata.
Sensei Breeze is Technical Director to the FBSKUI and the SKDUN.
He is a founder member of the SKDUN Gichin Funakoshi World Shotokan
Karate Championships, which is held in different countries each year.
These championships started in Bournemouth, (his hometown) England in
1993, with six countries. It was then decided in 1999, to move it
around the world, where it’s grown in size and now being one of the
largest Traditional Shobu Ippon Shotokan World Championships in the
world. By Sensei Breeze.
We mourn the passing of our great masters, who were our mentors
and who, we knew and trained with, passing on their skills and
attitudes to us. True Traditional Shotokan Karate is not only learning
the true skills of fighting or sport, it’s about the individual, the
self, it is an art. Learn the DOJO KUN and read Gichin Funakoshis 20
concepts. Sadly Sport Karate seems to dominate most Clubs of all
styles, with the trophy becoming more important in the club. It’s a sad
reflection in this modern day that the training has been watered down
and in affective. Very few students of today have no commitment and
certainly would not last today, in the type of training of the past. It
is up to the old generation Instructor to pass on the martial spirit,
the true roots of karate, as we were taught and should be taught now. I
am 70 this year and I am still training and will continue training as
long as I can.
If one trains properly, one can train into to old age. Age does
not matter, whether it’s 20 minutes, an hour or an hour and half. One
can always do something. I am fortunate that in my years of karate
training, it has given me the chance to meet people at home and abroad,
with the same values and now have become good friends. I hope all the
students I have tried to help over the years are still training.
It does not matter how old you are, you will always be a student of karate as I am.