|SKI (GB) was formed 26th August 1974 by Shiro Asano 9th Dan. The steady hand of Albert Hampson 4th Dan as General Secretary ensured that a robust infrastructure was put in place to support this new organization in what were in those days uncertain times. In fact the SKI were dubbed an outlawed organisation by the British Karate Control Commision – the Karate governing body of the time.
Great Britian was divided up into the following regions:
Greater London & the Home Counties
West & North Yorkshire
In 1977 Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan formed the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF). SKI (GB) was the first association to affiliate to this new international federation. Today the SKIF has become the largest Shotokan karate group in the world with over 100 countries affiliated comprising of some 2.2 million karate practitioners.
London & Home Counties region is a part of the SKI (GB) whose chief instructor is Asano Hanshi 9th Dan – Hanshi is based in Nottingham and visits the south east several times a year to conduct training and promotional grading examinations.
Sensei Dorian Fretwell began training under Asano Hanshi at the inception of SKI (GB) and is currently ranked 7th Dan, a former European kata champion and England International squad member. Currently an International Referee and Chief Instructor for London & Home Counties Region SKI (GB).
Sensei formed the Bank of England Karate Group in 1984 and led them to a number of victories in the LHC championships as well as the coveted SKI (GB) National Team Championships. Sensei’s unique teaching style has led to several of his student’s achieving National and International honours.
In 1999 he formed the SKI LONDON Dojo to focus on Instructor development in the LHC area. The Instructor course runs monthly at the West Hoathly Dojo, West Sussex. SKI LONDON is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.