Andy Sherry Profile
In British Karate, there are few who are more experienced and longer training than Andy Sherry. Sherry, recognised as the first ever-black belt in Britain, has experienced and trained through just about everything that has happened to British karate and continues today spreading his enthusiasm for karate and the KUGB - The Karate Union of Great Britain.
Sherry, born 9th July 1943 in Liverpool UK, started his path in judo, also experiencing ju-jitsu in 1956, but he quickly became interested in Karate.
Andy Sherry during the early days trained with the likes of T. Murakami, H. Mochizuki, then H. Kanazawa for a period and K. Enoeda who became the long standing Instructor of Great Britain, and head of the KUGB.
Sherry followed receiving his shodan in 1966, by being the first kata champion in 1967, and in 1968 however, he became the first grand champion, winning both kata and kumite, a title many have since tried and failed to achieve.
It's been said be many that his killer technique was his shockingly fast gyaku-tsuki, coupled with a determined fighting spirit which led him to further competitive success, winning EAKF European Kumite title in 1968, but finally retiring from competition in 1977.
As a credit to his skill and experience, Andy Sherry became Squad coach along side Sensei Enoeda, and was a very important figure in the creation of the KUGB. Elected as KUGB Chairman in 1973, and holds the highest grade 7th Dan, awarded to a European by the JKA.
Following the death of Sensei Enoeda, Andy Sherry has become the Chief Instructor of the KUGB, and continues to further the work of his own Sensei, helping shape the future of shinings stars such as Matt Price (Read the interviews) and many others.
His Karate is precise and very technical, and much of the success of the KUGB in the 70’s 80’s, 90’s and in the future is very much to the credit of Sensei Andy Sherry, and with his team of Senior Instructors, the KUGB continues to remain the largest organisation in Great Britain.