Sensei Derick Sutherland is Chief Instructor of Shobu Kai Karate Club.Contact Details
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tel : 07413 512068
Sensei Sutherland started training in 1981 with Beith Karate Club under Sensei’s Billy Kerr, Robert Kerr and Graham Guffie. Training 3 to 4 times a week, he soon gained his 1st Kyu Brown and White belt in 1983.
Following a break from training due to injury and family commitments, Sensei Sutherland returned to Karate in 2000 with Garnock Valley Karate Club and passed his 1st Dan Black Belt in September of that year under the late Sensei Enoeda 9th Dan.
He helped found Shobu Kai Karate Club in 2004 along with Sensei Guffie and gained his 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2005. Sensei Sutherland has since introduced his own children to Shotokan Karate, two of which are now 2nd Dan Black Belts and both skilled karateka and national champions in Kata and Kumite.
Shobu Kai is a member of the KUGB under the guidance of Sensei’s Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Frank Brennan 7th Dan, resulting in a consistently high standard of Karate being taught throughout the organisation via the club instructors, so although as Sensei says, he may be "too old and too stiff" to compete any longer, he takes great pleasure in passing on this exceptional level of teaching to his students.