Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Sensei Michael Nursey was born in 1949 and his interest in martial arts began at the age of 14, practising Judo and Ju-Jitsu under John Hawkes. He started training in Shotokan Karate in 1967 under Sensei Enoeda and John Van Weenen. After fourth Kyu, he continued under Senseis Kanazawa, Asano and Randall and became Sensei Randall's first black belt, awarded by Master Kanazawa in 1971. Throughout the 1970's he toured the UK and Europe competing against the top teams in the World in both Kata and Kumite and helping to establish English Karate on the World stage.
In 1972 he achieved 2nd Dan under Sensei Kanazawa and went on to take his 3rd Dan in 1979.
In 1998 along with Sensei Randall and Dr Clive Layton he produced and co wrote the excellent book "THE SHOTOKAN BOOK OF FACTS I", which was followed a year later with "THE SHOTOKAN BOOK OF FACTS II".
He is an EKGB Referee (having been one of the first qualified National Referees with Peter Spanton) and is one of the first NVQ City & Guilds qualified Assessors in Karate to be awarded by the EKGB. Living in Bedfordshire with his wife, Raesa, a 4th Dan Karateka, his leisure activities include off-piste skiing and driving his classic sports car. He is also a qualified PADI scuba diver.
Sensei Nursey is Chief Instructor to the English Shotokan Karate Association and currently holds the rank of 7th Dan which was awarded in 1999 and presented along with a certificate ratified by the World Union of Karate Organisation by Sensei Randall at that years ESKA Dinner & Dance.