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Derek Kirkham. Technical Advisor & Chief Referee. World Christian Karate Federation
2 Times World Record holder (Power Breaking) 1982, 1983
4 Times Bronze Medallist European Championships 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990
4 Times Shotokan Karate Individual Kata Champion 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
4 Times Team Kata Champions 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
3 Times Winner of the Shotokan Karate Masters Individual Kata 2008, 2009, 2010
Numerous 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Medals 1973 to 1990
Mr Kirkham is our Technical Advisor and the current Director of Coaching to the Shotokan Karate Union, 
with over 5 decades of experience under his belt. 
He has coached Internationally at martial arts dojos around the world, also for professional individuals and clubs 
from other sporting disciplines such as (athletics, rugby, ice hockey), educational authorities and 
government departments. He is responsible for the direction and progression of technical standards within 
the Shotokan Karate Unions worldwide membership, and has acted in the capacity of technical advisor to 
several other Karate-Do & Martial Arts organisations.
He blends the traditional Japanese coaching methods with the advancements in modern sporting sciences to 
test and hone students, ensuring that their full potential is reached. 
The addition of Sports-psychology and Sports-hypnotherapy techniques combined with his experience and 
qualifications in the medical field,  offers an holistic approach to his coaching philosophy. 
He was the driving force behind the successful "Project 2000" and the "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. 
He believes that hard work under the guidance of a qualified coach is the only true way to produce 
long term results.

" 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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