Technical Committee

9th Dan

Andy Sherry started Karate in 1959 and received his Shodan in1966 from Sensei Enoeda. In 1966 he helped form the Karate Union of Great Britain and in 1973 was elected Chairman, a position that he has been continuously elected to until this present day. He is also the KUGB Chief Instructor and Chairman of the KUGB Technical Committee. 

He had a highly distinguished competition career and in 1967 he became the first British All-style Kumite Champion at the Empire Pool, Wembley. He won the EAKF European Kumite title in 1968 and then went on to win many other British and European individual and team titles in both Kata and Kumite until his retirement from competition in 1977. 

Following his retirement, he became joint Team Coach and Manager alongside Sensei Enoeda. Under their guidance, the KUGB National Squads took numerous first, second and third places in both Team and Individual events in both Kata and Kumite at World and European level. Their success reached its peak at Sunderland in 1990, when the KUGB British Team defeated the JKA Japanese Team to win the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships. 

He was elected as KUGB Chief Instructor and Team Coach when Sensei Enoeda passed away in 2003 and under his guidance, the KUGB have continued to achieve great international success. In 2007, the England Squad took the European and World Team titles. 

The KUGB is Britain’s largest single-style Karate Association and its technical achievements and development have been driven by Andy Sherry’s passion for the art. He has been one of the main driving forces for the growth of Karate in Britain and is well known and respected across all styles and continents. He continues to train daily and is constantly in demand as a teacher in this country and abroad. 

He is a also member of the ESKA Technical, having attended, in the capacity    of competitor or coach, every European Shotokan Championship under their various titles from the EAKF in 1968 through to the present day ESKA.

He is proud to be a member of the WSKA Technical Committee and to be able to contribute in this role to the future development of Shotokan Karate-Do Worldwide.

He was awarded the rank of 9th Dan by the KUGB in February 2013 


TED HEDLUND (SWEDEN)

Is now Roku dan JKA.
Ted was elected as Director of Technical Matters of ESKA at its inauguration in 1986.

Malcolm Dorfman Sensei, 8th Dan, captained the University of the Witwatersrand Judo team in 1966, and thereafter joined the University karate club.
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei is the assistant Chief Instructor for the Karate No Michi World Federation.

He was elected as Regional Director of WSKA in 2001.

Dan Grading Examinations:

  • 8th Dan Karate no Michi in 2000: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by a major official JKA mainline Shotokan organisation.
  • 7th Dan JKA Shotokan (Asai Group) in 1994
  • 6th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1986: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by M. Nakayama Shihan, the late Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association. (Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai -- prior to the split).

Personal Karate Sporting Achievements:

  • Springbok: Member of the Springbok team for 9 years, commencing in 1970. Springbok captain in 1978. 
  • Referee: Chief Referee of South Africa for 12 years, commencing 1982. 
  • Coach: National Coach of the first ever Protea team in 1993. 
  • International Championship achievements: Winner of several international titles in a competition career that spanned 27 years (1967 to 1993) 
  • South African Sport Merit Award: 
    • Awarded in 1979 for personal achievements in 1978 
    • Awarded in 1982 for coaching achievements in 1981
  • South African All-Styles Karate: 
    • Founder member of first official non-racial all-styles karate organisation in South Africa (KASA) in 1993 
    • Awarded 8th Dan by KASA for technical contribution to the development of karate in South Africa 
    • Former official Technical Director of all-styles karate in South Africa. 
  • Status in Japan & Worldwide: 
    • Assistant World Chief Instructor of Karatenomichi World Federation. 
    • Member of the Karatenomichi World Federation ‘Saiko-Shihankai’ (Supreme Master Panel) – one of the original three members.
    • Holds the highest rank ever awarded to a non Japanese member of a JKA-Shotokan mainline association
    • Awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1994.
    • Re-awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF) on its inception in 1999.
    • Appointed as World Cup Supervisor at the KWF World Cup in 2002-2007
    • Appointed by the World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) as African Continent Director in 2001.