Members of the West Lancs Karate Academy are also members of the English Shotokan Academy (ESA). As such they have access to countless courses in Britain, Europe and across the world, allowing them the opportunity to train with some of the best instructors in the world, including many senior Japanese Sensei.
The Club has played host to numerous guest instructors and is fortunate to have Sensei Michaylo Fedyk (7th Dan), ESA Chairman and Kase Academy Shihankai Member, to take regular sessions at the club. Other Instructors who have taught at the club include Derek Ridgway (7th Dan), Julian Mead (6th Dan), Dave Wilkins (6th Dan), Mike Cowburn (6th Dan), Andy Brown (6th Dan) and Pascal Petrella (5th Dan).
The West Lancs Academy's network connections with other clubs and Associations also provides the opportunity to attend many non-Association clubs and courses, a further route open to the member's karate development. This access has seen club members train with top Japanese sensei, including Sensei Tomiyama, Sensei Isaka, Sensei Demura, Sensei Abe and Sensei Nobuaki Kanazawa.
Through the clubs affiliation with the ESA members have access to numerous courses throughout the year, including four free black and brown belt courses and the exceptional E.S.A. Residential Course, which has been held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre at Newport since the year 2000. This outstanding course is the highlight of the calendar, providing the highest standard of karate training, combined with an enjoyable social weekend, where the après karate is always truly memorable.
Training at Lilleshall
West Lancs Academy
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