The Sixties

August 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm
The Sixties

Doug Started training at the Middlesbrough Budokan Martial Arts Club in May 1967, aged 20. The Karate style practised was Wado Ryu within the BKA, originally under Chief Instructor Tatsuo Suzuki 7th Dan.

His first interest in the Martial Arts was in 1963 and he trained in Judo at age 16 for about a year. Unfortunately the Club closed and Doug then joined the home town Rugby Club, West Hartlepool and played regularly for the Under 18’s and later for the Senior Teams for a few years.

Doug watched a Karate Demonstration in Hartlepool given by Walter Seaton, then a 1st Dan and was very impressed. How the human body could develop power and skill, with such finesse! This left him with a lasting impression , but did not join because of other commitments. Little did he know at the time, that Karate in the future ,was to have such an influence and affect on the direction of his life.

He went to a local beginner class one evening with a work colleague who was a club member, and was hooked straight away. Fred Kidd 1st Dan was the Budokan Club Instructor, assisted occasionally by John Sparkes also a 1st Dan – fellow students who also went on to be Senior Instructors were Norman Wall, John Gittus and Cliff Richmond

The club also had Judo and Kendo sections which Doug dabbled in on a few occasions – but it was Karate that he was fanatical about. The weekly training routine which was rarely missed was Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the club, then Sunday mornings would be hill running, then back to the dojo for sparring and stretching. Green belt was the first target, then Brown belt!

The visiting Instructor for occasional weekend courses was Peter Spanton, then a Wado Ryu 2nd Dan, who would travel from London and Tommy Morris on a few occasions, then a 3rd Dan Shukokai from Glasgow, who introduced him to alternative Style techniques and a variety of weapons including the Sai, Tonfa and Nunchaku.

Doug met his future wife Rita in 1965 while training to be a draughtsman in Middlesbrough and they were married in September 1967 at Great Ayton, moving to Middlesbrough to live & then later Hutton Rudby.

Doug James Biography

August 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

This section leads you through 6 decades of an outstanding Martial Arts Career, by following the footsteps of the Chojinkai Karate Founder and Chief Instructor, Sensei Doug James 8th Dan.

A Brief Synopsis – Sensei James  started training in 1967 and is regarded as one of Britain’s Senior and Most Respected Professional Instructors. For 21 years he was an International Karate Referee (1986 to 2007), officiating at the highest level – European and World Championships within the World Karate Federation (WKF). In 2009 he retired as a member of the English & British Karate Referee Commission after a domestic refereeing career spanning over 30 years. Sensei James is a Founder Member of the EKF – the Main Governing Body for Karate in England and a current member of the EKF Senior Technical Grading Panel.  He is President of the Association and very much a ‘hands on’ Chief Instructor maintaining the renowned High Technical Standards within the Chojinkai Karate Association.

This section tracks in detail his route through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the noughties, then 2010 to the present day, through Karate from Beginner to Master, from a time when the art was for the UK at least in its infancy, to now when Karate is a worldwide established Art and Sport enjoyed by millions, poised for inclusion in the Olympics and a recognised and most effective form of self defence. Included are archive photos & magazines covers that featured articles on Doug James through the decades.

The Chojinkai Lineage Section shows the “Doug James/Chojinkai Karate” direct link to the early pioneers of oriental unarmed combat prior from the 1800s through to the founders of modern day karate in early 1900s through to Doug James and Chojinkai Karate’s inception in the late 1900s.

The Video Documentary here is entitled “Chojinkai – The Story So Far”, and is a fascinating visual biography as told by Doug James. It was recorded in 2002 and is taken from the “Beginning Karate DVD” with a running time of approximately 13 mins.