Senior KUGB Instructors who have passed away
Click on a Senior Instructor's name from the list below to view a short biography. (view Profiles)
- Keinosuke Enoeda
- Charlie Naylor
- Derek Langham
- Randolph Williams
Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan
The following profile on Sensei Enoeda is a brief account of how he first became associated with the KUGB, and his feelings for the country that was his home for almost 30 years.
Sensei Enoeda was born in Kyushu, an island in the South of Japan, on July 4th 1935. A strong and natural athlete, he initially took up baseball, kendo, and judo, as did many of his contemporaries - these being the popular sports in Japan at that time. He proved particularly adept at Judo, and by the age of 16 he had reached 2nd Dan. However, as is often the way, fate guided him to a demonstration by two top Karate exponents from the famous Takashoku University. The two Karateka, Senseis Irea and Okazaki, so impressed him, that there and then, he decided to channel his energy into Karate.
He enrolled at Takashoku University, joined the Karate section, and within two years was the proud holder of Shodan. Another two years found him Club Captain.
One his teachers was the great Master and founder of modern Shotokan Karate, Funakoshi Gichin, whose instruction and advice was a source of great inspiration to him.
He graduated with a degree in economics before joining the JKA instructors class which he attended for three years, during which time his main instructor was Sensei Nakayama. He also trained with many other top instructors of the day. It was this quality of instruction, combined with a fiercesome determination, which moulded Sensei Enoeda into one of Japan's finest ever competitors and instructors.
After achieving his aim of becoming JKA Champion, Sensei began to receive invitations to instruct in various countries - Indonesia, South Africa, Hawaii - and eventually joined his friend, Hirokazu Kanazawa, to instruct in England.
So it was, that in 1965, Sensei Enoeda found himself in a place called Liverpool, where he was to spend some considerable time. He had a flat in Percy Street, in Liverpool City Centre, close to the Anglican Cathedral, and his transport was a bright orange Volkswagen Beetle.
He was instructing full-time at the Liverpool Red Triangle Dojo, and the quality of instruction and the spirit he engendered was soon to bring the club competition success. If you were there in those early days, you would have found it difficult not to be inspired by the intensity of his coaching. No less inspirational was the intensity of his training - every morning at 7am in Sefton Park he would meet with a small group of students and train with them, showing by example that even All-Japan champions need to make training part of the daily lives. These students included Andy Sherry, Terry O'Neil, Bob Poynton, and Bill Christall.
Thus, Sensei's 'way' has permeated through to KUGB club Instructors and to the current generation of Junior and Senior Squad members, and goes a long way to explaining the high standards of Karate within the KUGB.
When he went to Australia for the World JKA Championships in 1989, he would have the British Squad out training every morning at 7am. Sensei would talk about how his life had changed since he had left Japan to teach in England in 1966. He confessed that he had worried about the changes he would have to face - both in culture and climate - something he had not experienced so much when, for example, he was teaching in Hawaii. The climate there is similar to the Summer months of Japan, and there is a long established Japanese community.
At first he found English food strange - he could not believe we make a pudding from rice! - and the British weather! What did emerge from the conversation however was that he had grown to love the British people and their culture, and that he was so proud to be Chief Instructor to the KUGB.
He was once asked was he getting used to British food and he replied ''of course! I feel that now I AM British!''.
Sensei married in England in 1969, and lived in Kingston, Surrey, with his wife Reiko. His two children, Daisuke and Maya have both graduated from university and are working in England.
Sadly Sensei passed away on 29th March 2003 after a short illness, he was an exceptionally inspirational instructor with a larger than life personality and is greatly missed by his students and friends in the KUGB. We honour him as one of the worlds great Karate Masters and thank him for his invaluable contribution to the organization.
Sensei lived as an English gentleman, whilst developing the KUGB and on his behalf we will continue to work to make the KUGB even stronger.
Sensei would have it no other way.
Sensei Charlie Naylor 7th Dan
Charles Naylor was born in Hubli, South West India on the 13th May 1933. He began his education in India, and left school at the age of 14 to work for a while as a cabin boy.
He came to England in 1948, at the age of 15, were he began an apprenticeship at the BICC Company in Liverpool and attended night school, gaining a HNC in electrical engineering. It was there that he first took an interest in karate,after a colleague brought in a copy of the Nishiyama and Brown book, 'Karate the Art of Empty hand Fighting''.
Being a keen sportsman, he decided to give it a go, and began to make enquiries via the CCPR (the body which pre-dated the Sports Council) About this time, a group of youngsters from a Liverpool Jiu Jitsu club (amongst them a brown belt called Andy Sherry), were making simular enquiries, and they and a group from the BICC met at a pub in the centre of Liverpool to discuss the formation of a Karate club.
A friend had attended a karate course under a Mr Vernon Bell at Chigwell in Essex, and he became the first 'instructor' at a class held at the David Lewis Theatre, in Liverpool city centre. Sensei Naylor obviously gave it a good go, as he gained his black belt in 1966, one of the first in this country to do so.
Little did he realise the level of involvement at which he and his family would finally find themselves. Dot Naylor, his wife took up karate shortly after him, and is still a practicing 3rd Dan his daughter Jane gained 4th Dan and has represented Great Britain for many years as a competitor, whilst his son Mark is a 1st Dan. All of the Naylors are long-standing members, and between them have approximately 90 years KUGB membership and practice, surely an unbeatable record!
As well as teaching Karate as a profession, Sensei Naylor was a trustee of the KUGB and it's Vice-Chairman, and was highly regarded in International circles for his negotiating skills and his understanding of the complexities of Karate politics. He was also a Senior International Referee.
In spite of all these achievements, his greatest pride was seeing his wife and children gain their black belts, and Jane gaining selection to the International squad. Moments he always savoured were watching Frank Brennan beat World Champion Mori in Bremmen in 1980, and in the re emergence of ESKA in Sunderland, especially as the England team won, and last, but not least, watching the 'boys' beat Japan at the World Championships in 1990.
Charles sadly passed away on 14th March 2007.
Sensei Derek Langham 6th Dan
Derek Langham was born in Nottinghamshire where he lived for most of his life, married and raised a family.
Derek became interested in karate in 1965 and was a founder member of the Nottingham Karate Club, which was named 'The Oddfellows Hall'.
Nottingham SKC was a member of the British Karate Federation which was run by Vernon Bell but joined the KUGB on its formation one year later. Over the following years, Derek recieved instruction from Sensei Enoeda, Kanazawa and Asano, achieving his shodan in 1968. He then became fully involved with the KUGB as a senior instructor, Grading Examiner and International Referee, traveling the world to officiate at many events.
In 1983 Derek became the KUGB's Administration and Finance Officer, a position he held for almost 20 years until he had to retire due to ill health. Derek passed away on 25th January 2007 after a long illness. He devoted over 40 years of his life to the KUGB and will be sadly missed but very much appreciated by his friends and colleagues in the organization.
Sensei Randolph Williams 6th Dan
Randy Williams started training at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club (LSKC) under Sensei Bob Rhodes in 1975 and has continued with the club to the present day. He passed his Shodan in April 1982.
He was selected for the KUGB National Squad in 1983 and that same year was selected to represent the British Team at the WSKA World Championships held in Cairo. He then competed with LSKC at the KUGB National Championships at Crystal Palace, where he gained first place in Team Kumite.
Guided by Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Sherry, he kept his place on the National Team for eight years alongside the likes of Frank Brennan, Ronnie Christopher, Garry Harford, Ian Roberts, George Best, Karen Finley and Jane Naylor. During this time, he was fortunate enough to travel all over the world for competitions, and in addition to Egypt, competed in many countries in Europe such as Sweden, Germany, Turkey, and Holland, with a succession of first and second place Team Kumite medals, most notably at the ESKA Championships in Sunderland in 1986 and 1987.
The next decade saw a string of further achievements. These included first place Kumite awards in EKB and KUGB championships, both individually and as a National team member; winning the Shotokan Cup Individual Kumite in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and took first place Individual Kumite in the Northern Region Championships; and becoming KUGB. Individual National Kumite Champion in 1996. He retired from individual competitions at this point, but continued to play a role in team competitions.
Having competed for twenty years, he decided it was time to pass on some of the knowledge and experience gained from senior instructors and through training. Taking over from Sensei Rhodes, Randy started running Leeds Shotokan Karate Club in August 2000. He has developed the club over the last ten years during and became a KUGB Grading Examiner in June 2007. LSKC continues to grow in standard and size, and currently has nearly one hundred members, including National squad members and National and Regional champions. This growth would not have been possible without the continued support of the KUGB.
He passed his Rokudan grading (6th Dan) in October 2006.
His message to anyone wanting to join LSKC: "When a new member joins, I aim to help them become confident, have values, to respect others and to be the best they can. Most importantly, I strive to turn out all round Karateka, compliant in all aspects of karate-do."