Terry Wingrove

Terry Wingrove

Coaching Category: Fitness

Specialization(s): Body Building, Functional Fitness


Hanshi Terry Wingrove is a 9th Dan Black belt in Karate (Jutsu,) 9th Dan Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo and 3rd Dan Aikido. Terry Wingrove was born in London on 8th May 1941, his first serious contact with martial arts was practicing Judo as an 11 year old at the Budokwai in London. By the time he was 15 he came under the influence and teaching of the late Vernon Bell. By the time he was 17 he had enrolled in Vernon Bell's Jujitsu and Karate classes, the first classes in Karate anywhere in UK. Terry's drive to improve his knowledge meant he studied with all the Oriental instructors that Vernon Bell invited to the UK including Huang Nam, Tetsugi Murakami both of whom were teaching Yoseikan style Karate. Terry attended the first Aikido course ever held in the UK in 1960 under Tadashi Abe. By late 1960 Terry was travelling to Paris to study with Murakami in Henry Plee's Dojo. Also Terry attended classes at Jim Alcheiks - the great French Karate teacher who studied martial arts in Japan in the 1950's and subsequently was killed in Algeria by anti-terrorist police in 1962. By 1963 Terry was an assistant instructor in Karate and Judo in UK. In December 1963 Terry captained the first ever British Karate team in Paris where he and Jimmy Neal were the highest grades in the UK team at 1st Kyu with Vernon Bell as the national coach. Other members of the team included B Hammond, A. Sherry, A. Smith. In 1965 Vernon Bell invited the JKA to UK and Sensei Kase, Kanazawa, Enoeda and Shirai arrived in the summer of '65. Terry was now 24 and motivated to go to Japan to see for himself and train in Karate, Aikido and Jujitsu. He married in 1965 and went to Cape Town, South Africa following Shirai Sensei who was teaching at Hugh St John Thompson's Dojo. Eventually in 1967 he obtained the necessary work visas and arrived in Japan in August '67. He was employed as a physical education teacher at the Marist International School in Kobe and joined the biggest Karate Dojo in the area which was the Shito-Ryu Dojo of Chojiro Tani and became secretary of the internationl Shukokai organisation training with Kimura and Tani. Tani Sensei was a school and university teacher and very articulate in English and greatly respected as an original student of Mabuni, the founder of Shitoryu. During the mid 60's there was a major and sincere effort to unite all the styles of Karate under the patronage and sponsorship of Japan's richest man Ryoichi Sasakawa. Tani Sensei introduced and recommended Terry to Sasakawa and Terry was appointed to the secretariat of Federation All Japan Karate Organisations (FAJKO) and the World Union of Karate Organisations (WUKO) as the only foreigner working in the organisation of FAJKO and WUKO. Terry held the position of Chief of the Information Dept. Terry helped organise the first World Karate Championships in Japan in 1970 and subsequently travelled the world many times as a WUKO staff member. This was the so-called “golden years” of united Karate with the great Masters such as Nakayama, Yamaguchi, Ohtsuka, Iwata, Tani, Mabuni and many others teaching and grading in unison on instructor courses. Terry attended the first and famous all-styles course in 1972 in Chiba, near Tokyo where he was awarded his 5th Dan. Terry also studied Jujitsu and Aikido and was invited as a Karate instructor to many countries. Terry's position in the secretariat of FAJKO and WUKO opened many doors for him to study with great Masters in martial arts during his 21 year stay in Japan. Terry was awarded his 7th Dan Kyoshi in Goju-ryu Karate-Do in 1989, by Masafumi Suzuki 10th Dan and founder of the Seibukan in Kyoto. Terry received his 8th Dan Hanshi Karate Do in Tokyo in April 2007and his 9th Dan Karate Jutsu with Shihan Menjo in March 2011. Most importantly for Terry in 1972 he started training seriously in Jutsu after a 5 year constant search in Japan for a Jutsu teacher. Jutsu has become the core of all Terry’s teaching and the motto of “Feeling is Believing” has been spread throughout the world by Terry and his students. Terry's passion is teaching a martial art NOT sporting Karate. His research and specialist study of Karate & Jutsu has taken him all over Japan, Okinawa and China. This again was possible as Terry combined his study of martial arts with his business as an Oriental art dealer. Terry enjoys teaching and is in constant demand all over the world, where he has built up a strong following amongst serious students of martial arts. Terry is non-political regarding martial arts and truly enjoys imparting his extensive knowledge to students and teachers of all ages and grades from ALL martial arts irrespective of their styles and/or their affiliation.

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