Kenny Davis is our Senior Instructor and has been teaching Karate classes in the Kirkintilloch area for the last 30 years. The club started as a school club in 1980 with Kenny teaching Karate as an extra circular activity and is still going strong, training at the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs, Lenzie Public Hall and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. In some cases the club has trained a 2nd generation of students from the same family.
The club specialises primarily in Shotokan Karate, however we have many influences and are open to all martial ideas and concepts. Sensei Davis started training in 1970 although had dabbled for 6 months round 67/68. He graded 1st Dan with Sensei Nanbu (the first Japanese Karate Instructor to enter a competition in Europe through Henry Plee, the father of European Karate, in 1963) in Sankukai then started with Sensei Enoeda and Tomita. Below is Kenny from 1973 with some friends at Glasgow University.
He visited Japan in the early 80s to train with Sensei Keiji Kataoka 6th Dan JKA and trained and visited a number of Dojos in southern Japan and also visited the JKA home dojo in Ebisu.
Since then he has trained with Sensei’s Nakayama, Tabata, Osaka, Yahara, Kase, Shirai, Kanazawa, Asai, Kagawa, Ohta, Akita, Sadashige Kato, Kawazoe, Willie Lim, Steven Chan, Kam Sung, Patrick McCarthy, Julian Mead, Terry O’Neill, Steve Cattle and Mike Burnand.
The ethos has always been the same with instructors at the club teaching for enthusiasm and not for profit, and this tradition has been spread around the world by former students running their own clubs from Lennoxtown & Aberfoyle to Cyprus and Dubai.
Kenny believes in a practical, traditional technique and the understanding of what you are doing and how the body works and moves. In the late 70s Kenny also tried his hand at Kick boxing during its inception. Kenny is assisted by Willie Marshall and Macrae Loney, both 5th dans and who have been training with kenny for over 30 years.
Sensei Macrae has also been running Bai Sho (Sister club) in Lennoxtown for over 20 years. Bai Sho runs mixed Adults and Junior classes (5 upwards) – ideal for those parents who want to join in! Colin Andrews is one of those parents who came along to keep his son company. 9 years later he’s still at it (and the rest of the family has been roped in too!).
The ‘Zanshin Kai training’ section of the website contains a breakdown of how we train, broken down into Warm up, Kihon (basics), Padwork & Conditioning, Kata, Bunkai and finally Kumite detailing what we do and how, with each page including a short video from one of our classes.