Sensei Chris Burgess, 4th Dan, has been with the club from the very beginning in 1975 when he was just 7 years old. After being given a choice of boxing or karate by his Father, Sensei Chris chose karate and since that day his career has been one of many highlights and achievements that inspire and motivate everyone around him.
Sensei Chris achieved his First Dan Black Belt when he was 18 years old, his first trophy was a respectable third place finish in the first Milton Keynes Karate Tournament. He represented Camden Town in the London Games in 1987, and amongst the highlights of his career were periods of training with Ticky Donovan and the England Squad when he represented England in a tournament vs Wales.
Sensei Chris continued to think big even after he had stopped competing and focused more on passing on his priceless experience and knowledge, one of his teaching highlights was when he taught kumite skills to a class of visiting Maasai Warriors!
The Dojo that we have today was opened in 1996 by Sensei Chris with the late Sensei Jay Starkey He named the club Original Shinkukai Karate, and amongst his students are Sensei Paul Gleeson, and Sensei James Clarke. Following restructuring of the organisation Sensei Chris has been joined by his teachers Shihan Neil Harrison and Shihan Garry Pickford along with Garry's daughter Sensei Sarah Robinson, and the Original Shinkukai Karate Club has become the Original Shinkukai Karate Association.