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Derick Kirkham. Technical Advisor & Chief Referee. World Christian Karate Federation

2 Times World Record Holder
(Power Breaking)
1982, 1983

4 Times Bronze Medallist
SKU European Championships
1985, 1986, 1987, 1990

4 Times Shotokan Karate Union Individual Kata Champion
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

4 Times Shotokan Karate Union Team Kata Champions
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

3 Times Winner Shotokan Karate Masters Individual Kata
2008, 2009, 2010

Various 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Medals Kata & Kumite 1973 - 1990


Kirkham Sensei is the current Director of Coaching to the Shotokan Karate Union, and is responsible for the direction of travel and the progression of technical standards for the organisation's worldwide membership. He is a Japanese Trained and Graded Traditionalist through and through, who has followed, promoted and coached the cultural, philosophical, scientific and artistry of Karate Practice in an Ethical manner alongside the physical and combative effectivenes of the Shotokan system all of his career. He celebrated 5 decades of fighting arts experience in 2015. His enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of traditional Karate Kata has led this very stylish performer on a lifelong journey in pursuit of technical excellence, which is the essence of his coaching philosophy. Starting his life long fighting arts journey in 1965. He has trained with the world's foremost Japanese authorities and he is renowned for his attention to detail. He has a very polished, classical style to his performance, which he personally attributes to the influences that various Japanese instructors have had on his long career. He has a strong belief in

" the revisiting of and the practicing of the fundamentals through ones Kihon & Kata, no matter what stage one is at on ones journey! "

He has coached Internationally at martial arts dojos around the world, and also for professional sports individuals and clubs from other sporting disciplines such as athletics, rugby, ice hockey, educational authorities and government departments. He blends the traditional Japanese coaching methods with the advancements in modern sports coaching and sports sciences, combined with his experience and qualifications in the medical field, and the addition of Sports-psychology and Sports-hypnotherapy techniques to the coaching programme, he really does have a unique and holistic approach to his coaching methodology and philosophy. He was the driving force behind the successful "Coaching award scheme", he is also a published author of numerous titles and a contributor to various International magazines, on the Shotokan Karate-do system as well as being technical advisor to several other Karate organisations. He believes that

"Hard work under the guidance of a qualified coach is the only true way to produce long term results.

"There are no details too small in the Shotokan Karate-do system that are not worthy of closer study."

"Don't think of practicing a technique until you can do it correctly; but think of practicing the technique until you reach the point where you never do it incorrectly!"

“Explore innovation whilst Keeping in touch with tradition.”

As a member of the SKU you will have access to and therefore, you can benefit from personal instruction from our Visiting SKU Officially Approved Senior Coaches, all of whom daily, strive for technical excellence for their students and for themselves. They are experienced and available, both Nationally & Internationally for Courses, Group Sessions, Club Night Classes, or Individual Private Training Lessons. All members can access our 1 to 1 Private Video Training Lessons.

" Shotokan Karate is the everyday study in pursuit of technical excellence & self improvement."

"There are no details too small in the Shotokan Karate-do system that are not worthy of closer study."
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