S.K.I. European Chief Instructor - Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan)
The Chief Instructor to Great Britain and Europe is Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan), who is based here in the UK at Nottingham.
Hanshi Asano was born in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1939. He was a graduate of the infamous Takushoku University (Tokyo), and studied Karate under Master Masatoshi Nakayama. He became the All Japan Universities Champion in 1957 and again in 1958.
When he left University, as a 4th Dan, he was appointed a J.K.A. instructor in 1963, and taught at Germany and Liverpool for a while. In 1968, he settled in Nottingham.
In 1974, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Instructor to Shotokan Karate International (Great Britain).
In 1978, he was awarded his 7th Dan
In 1979, he was appointed Chief Instructor to Europe.
In 1987, he was awarded his 8th Dan.
In 2001, he was awarded his 9th Dan and the Shogo title of “Hanshi”, meaning “Instructor of Instructors”.