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 join the KUGB. Joining the famous Red Triangle, Sensei Amos began training with world-renowned instructors, Andy Sherry, Bob Poynton, Jimmy Brennan and Frank Brennan.
Sensei Amos training in Japan in 2018.
Sensei Amos was selected onto the KUGB 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 under Sensei Andy Sherry 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.
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.
The KUGB In 1965, the JKA sent four of its most famous and talented Instructors, Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Keinosuke Enoeda and Hiroshi Shirai to tour Europe and give demonstrations of Shotokan Karate. The British part of the tour was coordinated by the British Karate Federation, a group of 10-15 clubs which had existed since 1959.
In 1966, Sensei Kanazawa was invited to come to teach in Britain and the KUGB was founded from the BKA clubs as a democratic and non-profit making organisation for the development of Shotokan Karate, with Sensei Kanazawa as Chief Instructor.
Today there are over 300 clubs within the KUGB, making it Britain’s largest, longest-established and most successful single-style karate association and its current Chief Instructor, Andy Sherry, is acknowledged as Britain’s most senior karate practitioner.