Kyoshi Roger Carpenter, 8th Dan, was born in London in 1945 and started karate training in 1964 at the Lyons Sports Club in Sudbury Hill, Wembley.
Originally he trained in the Wado-Ryu style and graded under Sensei Suzuki, and then changed to the Shotokan style under Soke Kanazawa. All of his grades from 5th Kyu to present day have been from Soke Kanazawa. Since 1977 when SKIF was founded, he was solely responsible for Soke Kanazawa’s schedule in the UK. Kyoshi now continues that same privelege on behalf of Kancho Kanazawa.
Kyoshi (教士 in this case meaning a leader of martial arts) is the Chief Instructor and Chairman of SKKIF. As part of that role he undertakes bi-annual visits to Tokushinkai ensuring the highest technical standard is maintained, as well as to conduct gradings.
The late Soke Kanazawa remarked in 2001 to a class of 200 students; “If you want to know my style, ask Mr Carpenter.” There can hardly be a higher accolade for a teacher of Shotokan karate.