Michael Harris began training in Judo, and then Wadu Ryu karate. He started Shotokan karate under the JKA in 1987, under Andy Sherry, 9th dan in Devon and in Somerset under Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th dan. Michael took all his Kyu grades directly under these sensei. Michael would train at the Crystal Palace courses with senior Japanese Instructors such as Eneoda, Tanaka, Yahara, Kase and Kawasoe. In the early 1990’s Michael studied at Kent University and trained for 3 years under Professor Stephen Chan OBE, 9th Dan, and 9-times World Champion Wayne Otto OBE, 5th dan.
1993 - 1st dan black belt under Professor Stephen Chan OBE, 9th dan.
Assistant Coach University of Kent Karate Club.
Trained under Dave Hazard, 7th dan and other England karate schools
2010 - 2nd dan black belt under JKA World Chief Instructor Masaaki Ueki, 9th dan.
Established a JKA dojo in Bristol, after a 7 year void in the city.
2011 - National medalist winning Bronze in Kumite, JKA England Championships, Crawley.
Travelled across Japan training in Kyoto, Osaka and the JKA HQ, in Tokyo.
Elected Southwest & Wales Regional Officer for JKA England
2013 - World medalist winning Bronze in Kumite, with an Anglo-French team, in N. Ireland.
2015 - 3rd dan black belt under KWF World Chief Instructor Mikio Yahara, 8th dan and Malcolm Dorfman, 9th dan.
KWF International 'D Class' Instructor & 'D Class' Examiner, and 'C Class' Referee - awarded by Mikio Yahara, 8th dan, France.
2015 - National medalist winning 2 Silvers in Kata, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze in Kumite, National Championships, England.
2016 - National Veteran Kata Champion, Silver medalist in Kumite, Bronze medalist in Team Kata, England.
2016 - JKA International Licence holder: 'D Class' Instructor & 'D Class' Referee - awarded by Toshihiro Mori, 8th Dan & Masao Kawasoe, 7th Dan, UK.
2018 - 4th dan black belt under JKA Shihan Masao Kawasoe, 7th dan, Afro-Eurasia; Satoshi Takahashi, 7th dan, HQ Japan; Kenny Taylor, 6th dan, Scotland; John Rettington, 6th dan, England.
Since 1993 to 2017, Michael managed dynamic conflict, risk and safeguarding situations, and is presently a Senior Lecturer in Policing at the University of West of England. Michael has trained with many senior Japanese and Western Shotokan Instructors. He continues to explore learning opportunities in the UK and internationally - Japan, Norway, France & Ireland to improve and pass on learning to his students. Michael has successfully coached and refereed at national level. Michael holds public liability insurance, first aid qualifications and is DBS-vetted (formerly CRB).