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.
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
2nd dan black belt under JKA World Chief Instructor Masaaki Ueki, 9th dan. (1st Dan ratified with JKA).
Established a JKA dojo in Bristol, after a 7 year void in the city.
National medalist winning Bronze in team 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
World medalist winning Bronze in Kumite, with an Anglo-French team, in Belfast.
3rd dan black belt under Shihan Mikio Yahara, 8th dan and Shihan Malcolm Dorfman, 8th dan.
KWF International 'D Class' Instructor & 'D Class' Examiner, and 'C Class' Referee - awarded by Shihan Mikio Yahara, France.
National medalist winning 2 Silvers in Kata, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze in Kumite, National Championships, England.
National Veteran Kata Champion, Silver medalist in Kumite, Bronze medalist in Team Kata, England.
JKA International Licence holder: 'D Class' Instructor & 'D Class' Referee - awarded by Toshihiro Mori, 8th Dan & Masao Kawasoe, 7th Dan, UK.
Since 1993 to 2017, Michael managed dynamic conflict, risk and safeguarding situations, and is now 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).