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“The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants”  Gichin Funakoshi

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Book “Katas Superieurs Shotokan-Ryu” by master Taiji KASE, 9th Dan is now available to buy from Kamikaze.

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International Open Karate Course with Sensei Pascal Lecourt 6th Dan and

Sensei Nico Ibscher 4th Dan.

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Sensei Fedyk celebrates his 60th birthday in and outside the dojo!

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History of the ESA



The English Shotokan Academy (ESA) was founded in 1991, by the late Sensei Steve Cattle 6th Dan and a group of like-minded instructors. For many years Steve had been a personal student of the late Sensei Taiji Kase 9th Dan and it was to pursue the teachings of Sensei Kase that the ESA was set up.


Shihan Taiji Kase


Sensei Taiji Kase was one of the last of the direct students of Gichin Funakoshi and his son Yoshitaka Funakoshi. Many years prior to his death in November 2004, Sensei Kase had formed an Instructor Academy selected from talented and experienced karate-ka from around the world. This individual members group, in later years, became known as the Kase-Ha Shotokan-Ryu Academy (KSKA) and its members are dedicated to the continued development of this unique line of Shotokan karate.  


The senior instructors of the ESA are members of this elite academy and now lead the ESA with their technical skills and knowledge learned directly from Sensei Kase.  Sensei Michaylo Fedyk is a member of the Shihankai of the KSKA.


ESA Today


Today the ESA is a fully constituted association, with democratically elected officers, dedicated to the continuation of the traditional values and practices of Shotokan karate as passed on by Sensei Cattle and Sensei Kase. The ESA maintains strong international links with the KSKA. Membership of the ESA provides a clear and well defined structure for all grades. Senior members of the ESA play the pivotal role in the education and training of more junior dan grades, who in turn are tasked with the maintenance of standards at club level.


Grade examiner status becomes available at sandan level (3rd dan black belt) subject to successful completion of the appropriate training and assessment.


All senior grades are actively encouraged to attend courses to ensure their continued progression and maintenance of standards. A group within the ESA dedicated to the study of advanced Shotokan karate, is by selection from ESA membership at nidan (2nd dan black belt) or above and prepared for KSKA membership at sandan (3rd dan black belt) or above. All members, dependent upon grade, have access to coaching qualifications (governing body and NVQ), free black and brown belt courses, squad training sessions, annual residential gasshuku, subsidised regional courses and national courses under national and international Instructors.


The ESA is an association committed to the furtherance of traditional Shotokan karate as originally taught by the world’s recognised masters. Membership of the ESA is on application by groups, clubs and individuals. Application forms and further information can be obtained from our General Secretary, details of which can we found on the ESA website: