Sensei Armstrong has practiced Shotokan Karate since 1970 and holds the rank of Roku Dan (6th Dan), which was awarded to him in 2012 by the Shihankai of the Kase-ha Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Academy (KSKA) an international organisation created by Shihan Taiji Kase 9th Dan for the advancement of senior instructors from around the world.
A founder member of the English Shotokan Academy, he served as Treasurer for 25 years before retiring from the post recently. He continues his involvement in the running of the association by remaining on the Executive Committee.
He was also a founder member of the Kase-ha Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Academy in 2001, helping to draft the organisations constitution and procedures and served as KSKA Treasurer until 2016.
Sensei Armstrong teaches locally in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, nationally on ESA courses and internationally in the likes of Sweden, Romania and Serbia. He is a member of the ESA Technical Committee, a Grading Examiner, a qualified Referee and holds a Senior Coaching Certificate.
Alan continues to advance his own knowledge of Shotokan Karate by travelling widely in Europe to train with other senior instructors of the KSKA.
- 1970 Started Karate
- 1974 1st Dan - Sensei K Enoeda
- 1980 2nd Dan - Sensei K Enoeda
- 1990 3rd Dan - Sensei K Enoeda
- 1996 4th Dan - Sensei T Kase
- 2002 5th Dan - Sensei T Kase
- 2011 6th Dan - KSKA Shihankai