— In Cape Town, I trained with Kenny Uytenboogardt Shihan, who heads up Kyokushin Africa. At the dojo headquarters in Cape Town, he is assisted by Jason Dawes Shihan and Mike Shuttleworth Shihan. Kenny Shihan trained under Mas Oyama when he was still alive. Kenny Shihan is a legend in the Kyokushin world, and I have been extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to be trained by him. Not only his skill and accomplishments over the years, but also his dedication to karate, his attitude towards life and respect towards other people, is incredibly inspiring. He's a classic example of how karate makes you a better human.
Now, I live about 2 hours out of Tokyo, in a relatively small town. The dojo is very small. Never more than 8 people training at a time. Hosono Shihan over sees all the dojos that fall under the Western part of the prefecture. The dojo I'm apart of, is run by Shimada Sensei who is assisted by Umino Senpai and Akutsu Senpai. No one speaks any English, and I'm only just getting the hang of basic Japanese. So, most of the time we're expressing ourselves with crazy hand signs or Google Translate. We all just end up laughing at each other. They're all very kind to me and look after me very well.