Sensei Stuart Amos started Karate in 2000, training with Sensei Linden Huckle. Falling in love with the martial art, he never looked back. After 11 years of training, Sensei Amos made the step of moving to Liverpool to continue his training.
Sensei Amos training in Japan in 2018.
Sensei Amos was selected onto the England Squad in 2012 and has competed as part of the team ever since, achieving enormous success both nationally and internationally. One of his proudest moments was when he, alongside his team mates, won the Team Kata event in Portugal in 2013, just the first of many placements in international competition.
Sensei Amos achieved his 4th Dan in 2018. Having taught at the University of Liverpool Karate Club since 2011, Sensei Amos is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor and is often invited to teach on courses across the UK. He is as passionate about his Karate now as he ever was and takes enormous pride in seeing his students achieve their full potential, both in Karate and their day-to-day lives.
In 2020, Sensei Amos joined the HDKI and is excited and proud to take Greasby Shotokan Karate Club forward within the organisation.
Karate is a system of self-defence and physical culture originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. The word is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand), symbolising that its practitioners – Karateka – are unarmed, but use their hands and feet for blocking and striking. Training is conducted within an environment and code based on Japanese cultural practices, which are explained in more detail further on.
There are various styles of Karate and Shotokan is the most widely practiced style in the world. The originator of Shotokan was Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan school teacher, who first demonstrated his style of Karate in Japan in 1921. The following year he moved to Japan to teach and was elected honorary Head of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) when it was formed in 1949.