I posted this under my last user name but I have now updated it with some more instructors. Since Oct 2010 I have been lucky enough to train with the following Sensei's 1, Sensei Asano (SKIEF) 2, Sensei Yamaguchi (sorry for spelling) (JKS) 3, Sensei Koiki (JKS) 4, Sensei Paul Giannandrea (JKS Scotland) 5, Sensei Kevin Clark (SKIEF) 6, Sensei Sarah Queen (JKS Scotland) 7, Sensei Robert Steggles (JKS Scotland) 8, Sensei Ronnie Forbes (JKS Scotland) 9, Sensei Palma Diosi (JKS and WKF ) 10, Sensei Steve Carless (JKS England) 11, Sensei Kamal (JKS Lebanon) 12, Sensei Langley (JKS Ireland) 13, Sensei O'Kiefe (JKS Ireland) 14, Sensei Alan Campbell (JKS England) 15, Sensei Euan Campbell (SKIGB) 16, Sensei Mark Sheridan (JKS Ireland & ISKF) 17, Sensei Brendan Perry (ISKF Ireland) 18, Sensei Kitagawa (ex-JKS)
This year I will also be training with the following from JKS head quarters Sensei Matsue, Sensei Yamaguchi, Sensei Makita, Sensei Langley, Sensei Okamoto and Sensei Kagawa.
Finishing the list off with Sensei Wayne Otto.
Not a bad exposure to teachers and it can only stand me in good stead for the future
Derek, you are getting great exposure. Keep up the training that is what is most important! In several years time your list of names will expand drastically. I would recommend if possible you get them to sign each time you train. Time consuming and at times a little 'autograph hunter'ish' but in 40 years those memoirs will be sentimental.
I can only cite one or two examples from my own past - trained with Nakayama sensei, Okazaki sensei, and Tsuyama sensei on a course that lasted 2 or 3 days. I trained in San Diego (La Jolla) with some other great names, some of whom have now sadly passed. I did not get these sensei to sign my book. I lost a chance to have cherished signatures to go with the memories.
I was taught by Kyoshi Kanazawa and Sensei Asano in my early days when they were both regular visitiors to our dojo. One of the outstanding non Shotokan sensei that I have trained with is Kyoshi Patrick McCarthy of Koryu Uchinade. Outstanding instructor with a wealth of knowledge of the Okinawan arts.
I went to a short course led by Patrick McCarthy last year, we had an intro into Tegumi grappling drills with real links to Kata. It was a real eye opener to a lot of people. His course was at John Burke's Dojo in Newton Abbot.
I've also trained with Paul Mitchell at Wells Somerset, Sid Tadrist at London and our very own Bob Davis! I've met and trained with a few others nearby as well.