Here are some rare photographs of the competition arena back in the days when Kumite was exciting and often brutal.


John Johnston fighting Frank Brennan

Kanazawa Sensei and other senior instructors at the first SKI course held in Nottingham.

John preparing to take him down

John was renown for his fantastic leg sweeps.

This shot was taken just before John took him down and landed on him with an elbow strike, which failed to get scored unfortunately.

These photo's really do go to show the quality
and skill level of the Old School Shotokan Fighter's.