Sensei Kanazawa held many classes in England and had many important students, including Sensei Michael Randall and Eddie Whitcher. But as Sensei Kanazawa rarely came to Britain in 1977 and 1978, the senior Instructors of ESKA, having trained and graded with Kanazawa Sensei in the late 60`s and through the 70’s formed the English Shotokan Karate Association in June 1979, and is now one of the most senior karate associations in the country.

The original founding members of ESKA read like a “Who’s Who in British Karate” – they were Michael Randall, Michael Nursey, Roger Hall, John Van Weenen, Eddie Witcher, Greg Durant and Harry Jones, many of which have gone on to found other successful Associations in their own right.

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