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London & Home Counties Region of Shotokan Karate International of Great Britain SKI (GB)

Dorian Fretwell

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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
South East
South West
North East
North West
East Midlands
North Midlands
West & North Yorkshire
South 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.


Onaga Shinjinbukan

In October 2015, Dorian led a small group of Yudansha Kai members to Naha, Okinawa, to train under the guidance of Onaga Yoshimitsu. This was the first time that the Shinjinbukan Honbu Dōjō in Okinawa hosted a delegation of Karateka from the United Kingdom. Onaga Kaichō was assisted by Arakaki Shunichi Sensei and other Shinjinbukan Deshi.

Whilst the Shinjinbukan base style is Kobayashi Shorin Ryu Karate, Onaga Kaichō is also considered one of the last masters able to understand and teach Ti, the ancient Okinawan martial art that preceded modern Karate. Kaicho is very probably the last of the Tichikaya (a person who holds the knowledge of Ti in his hands) so much of the training he delivered was in Onaga No Ti.

The training was physically and mentally intense with great attention payed to the smallest detail of each technique taught. Ti is an art that transcends styles or Ryūha and therefore elements of Ti can be integrated into your own karate, Onaga Kaicho calls this “adding the Shinjinbukan salt”. Some aspects of Ti are now taught at the SKIL Yudanshakai class.


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