Sensei Masao Kawasoe (8. DAN)
Cheif Instructor NTKF
Sensei Masao Kawasoe was born in 1945, his
father was a Japanese businessman and he has two brothers. His
mother lives in Kyushu in the south of Japan. Sensei Kawasoe now
resides in London and has done for over 19 years. He began his
martial arts training in judo and at the age of 15 saw a karate
demonstration. This so impressed him he started looking to find
a dojo to train.
One of his
first instructors was the world famous Sensei Tsuyama, who's home
was in the same town, Saga City. Training through his high school
and then going to the famous University of Takushoku, he continued
to train with Sensei Tsuyama. This training took the form of 6 days
per week, 3 hours per day for 4 years.
During this time he was spotted by the Japan Karate Association
and invited to take full time JKA instructors course under Sensei
Nakayama. He successfully completed this over the next 3 years.
Upon graduating as an international JKA instructor, Sensei Nakayama
said of him: "Through his mastery of karate basics he has
come to reach a level few achieve, his technique inspires all who
see it to strive for the ideals of Shotokan Karate."
High honour indeed from the head of the JKA.
He then taught in Taiwan and Madagascar before coming to Britain
in 1974. His dedication to tradition, quality and manners is universally
acknowledged, with few able to perform the physical demands he makes
He has a world-wide following of senior students who have been
with him and followed tradition by developing and teaching excellent
Long may this continue and, in his own words: "I am lucky to have good karate, but
even more I am lucky to have good students to carry it forward.
My wish is to leave something worthwhile behind for everyone. My
life is then complete."