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Dave Kershaw began his karate training at the age of eighteen. He joined a local club, which was then affiliated to the Japan Karate Association. His first grading was taken under the legendary Hirokaza Kanazawa.

In 1978, he formed the Konjaku Shin Shotokan Karate Dojo, and affiliated to the newly formed Shotokan Karate International Federation, headed by Hirokazu Kanazawa.

He began training regularly with Shiro Asano in Nottingham, and Asano Sensei soon after began visiting the Konjaku Shin Dojo in Grimsby to teach and grade members.

In 1981, Dave entered his first tournament - the SKI(GB) National Team Championships in Nottingham. His three man kata team took second place. He was to go on to become one of SKI(GB)'s most successful competitors, winning the Men's Kata Champion title a record six consecutive times between 1987 and 1992. His kata team won the National Team Kata title four times. He also became a regular member of the SKI(GB) National Team, taking part in numerous European and World Championships. He was a finalist in the Men's Kumite event in Mexico City in 1991, and his team won the European Men's Team Kata title in Sheffield in 1998.

Dave has been a professional karate instructor since 1979, and now holds the rank of 8th Dan black belt.

In 2001, he was invited to teach in Amritsar. He became Chief Technical Adviser for SKIEF in India. He now teaches and grades students in various parts of India, who now have direct affiliation to Konjaku Shin International.

Visit Dave Kershaw's Personal Site: Sensei Dave Kershaw

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