We received sad news last week that Hanshie Michael Randall MBE (9th Dan) passed away.
Hanshei Randall was one of the founding members of our association back in 1979. He originally trained with Soke Kanazawa in the 1960’s and was one of the first Karate-ka in the UK to gain a Black Belt under Soke Kanazawa.
Hanshei Randall awarded our own Chief Instructor, Hanshei Michael Nursey (9th Dan) with his Shodan, (1st Dan Black Belt) back in 1970.
Hanshei Randall authored and was featured in several books, one of the most notable being, ‘The Shotokan Book of Facts’ which he co-authored with Hanshei Nursey and Dr Clive Layton.
Both Hanshei Nursey and Hanshei Randall are a key part of our lineage, as they inextricably link us to the UK origins of our art in the 1960’s. As further verification of our credibility, I among many others, have met and trained with both Soke Kanazawa and Hanshei Michael Randall.
Thank you Hanshei Randall for all your teachings. Oss.