Sensei Shire started his karate career in the 1970’s and has trained with most of the great Shotokan masters including Sensei’s Kanazawa, Mikami, Enoeda, Kase, Nishiyama, etc and latterly Sensei Paul Perry 9th Dan. Sensei Shire has been involved in various styles of karate for many years and also has a black belt in kyokushinkai and teaches Tai Chi. He has instructed at two other clubs in England, Sensei Shire has also taught all over the United States, Europe, the Eastern Bloc and in Africa. His main areas of expertise are karate applications, body movement and the history of karate. Sensei Shire has also taught many physically and mentally disabled children and adults with significant success and has links with various disabled support organisations.

Sensei Phil Shire, has over forty years’ teaching experience. He has fought for England in competition, and has many regional and national championships to his name. He also won the Suffolk Coastal Coach of the Year award in 2012 (Olympic Year) and has received many other teaching awards. Sensei Shire was awarded Seventh Dan in 2015.