About the KUGB

Formation of 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.

In 1968, Sensei Kanazawa resigned to teach in Germany and Sensei Enoeda
was appointed as KUGB Chief instructor and remained in this position until his death in 2003.

Sensei Enoeda was known throughout the world as the Shotokan Tiger and such
was his renown, he appeared regularly in films becoming a friend and teacher to movie stars and members of royalty. He was a senior instructor in the JKA and the KUGB
remained a member of this body until shortly after Sensei Enoeda’s death.

The number of KUGB clubs has now grown to over 300, making it Britain’s largest,
longest-established and most successful single-style Karate Association and its current Chief Instructor,  Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan, is acknowledged as Britain’s most senior Karate practitioner.

If i can do it, then there’s hope for everyone.’ Sensei Andy Sherry

Andy Sherry 9th Dan KUGB