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Sensei Barry Shearer has been training for over 40 years and teaching for over 30 years. Sensei Shearer started karate at a club in Tottenham Polytechnic. His first lesson consisted of Gedan Barai and Age Uke, both of which he was able to display an understanding of instantly and prompting his instructor to constantly ask if he had ever trained before, not believing this was his first lesson. The club closed shortly after Sensei Shearer starting due to the high volume of injuries the other students were receiving.
Sensei Shearer quickly found another dojo in Edmonton swimming centre run by Sensei John Van Weenan to pursue his karate-ka training. After some time training under Sensei Weenan, Sensei Shearer move to train with Sensei Eddie Whitcher at Brettenham Road, Edmonton. Sensei Shearer graded to 1st Kyu under Sensei Whitcher.
It was whilst training with Sensei Whitcher that Sensei Shearar first meet Sensei Paul Perry who would later take over the running of the club and become an immeasurable inspiration on Sensei Shearers Karate-ka.
Under the teaching of Sensei Paul Perry, Sensei Shearer took Shodan, Nidan and Sandan under Kanazawa Sensei and later Yodan, Godan, Rokudan and Shichidan under Sensei Paul Perry.
On 13th August Sensei Barry Shearer was awarded 8th Dan with the honorary title of Hanshi. Hanshi is an honorary title given to the highest Black Belt of an organization, signifying their understanding of their art.
Today, Sensei Shearer is one of the most knowledgeable instructors in the country with great technical ability. Sensei Shearer teaches at the Enfield Dojo and is President of Seishin-Ryu Karate Association. Sensei Shearer's favourite moments in Karate:
During a course held by one of Japan's top instructors; Kasuya Sensei commended Sensei Shearer's technique to the rest of the class.
During Sensei Shearer's Sandan (3rd Dan) grading, the chief examiner, Kanazawa Sensei praised him on his speed and technique in freestyle.
Sensei Kanazawa invited Sensei Shearer to come with him to the Milan championships as a representative of one of Kanazawa Sensei's longest-running karate-ka