Shihan Norman James Shihan Norman James  has been training in karate since 1961. He started in Germany whilst in the army. Karate was new to the Western world and the instructors were mainly combat instructors who had been stationed in the Far East and some Judo teachers. In 1971 he joined Brian (Dickie) Dowlers Kyokushin Dojo and I trained there for the 15 years. Shihan trained 5 times a week, 3 times at the main Dojo and twice a week He trained in other Dojo’s with many well known Kyokushin teachers and instructors Steve Arneil, Bob Bolton, Keith Morris, Bernard Creighton, Jeff Whybrow, Shihan Nakamura, Albert and Denise Burton, Bob White, Keith Newton, Grant Kinnard, Barry West, Paul Owen, Adrian Clamp and Tony Walters, to name but a few! His work took me too many different parts of the country and world. This gave him the opportunity to visit others clubs and experience different styles of karate during the late 80’s and 90’s. Prof Tatsuo Suzuki - London Paul Chadacre - Blackpool Chris Thompson - Washinkai Swindon John Feltham and Carl Ryan - Shotokan Karate Sensi Albrekson - Denmark 2weeks Shihan Oyama - New York 3 months One month inTokyo and Belgrade 9 years in Central Asia, the former Soviet Union. From 1999 to 2012 Shihan Norman ran 3 clubs as part of Master Tony Hardimans Chi Do Association. Master Tony is an expert in Chi-Kung, Tai Chi, Aikido and Chinese medicine. During this time I had the pleasure of teaching basic karate to the RAF cadets at Guildford, Redhill and Croydon. In 2012 I joined the IKKU with my close friends Shihan Alan Cleary and Shihan Tom Smith. In 2015 Shihan Norman was awarded his 5th dan (Godan) for his long service to Kyokushin