You called your association, the National Association of Shotokan Karate (NSKA) when it was formed in 1989. Why
did the name change to the International Association of Shotokan
The NSKA evolved into the IASK (International Association of Shotokan Karate) in 1993 when Somnath
Palchowdhury, of the Indian Federation of Shotokan Karate (IFSK) invited me to India for a six
day course incorporating Kyu (junior level) and
Dan (Black Belt) gradings. It was during this six
day course when the IFSK asked if I would let them affiliate to my
association. I said they could and changed the name of my association to
How did the IFSK know about you in order for them to invite you to
India for the six day course?
Six months after forming the NSKA I was asked to write a monthly article in
the well known martial arts magazine called 'Traditional Karate' and these
articles were named 'The Nick Adamou Column'. Although I decided to stop
the column for my own reasons after about a year, some of these magazines
made their way to Calcutta. Somnath had trained
under Kanazawa sensei a few years earlier in Calcutta and, of course had
been immensely impressed by him. When Somnath
read my column, and realised that I had been a disciple of Kanazawa sensei
for so many years, and also discovered that I had co-authored
"Kanazawa's Karate", he decided to invite me to instruct on the
Could you explain a little about your club at the Harrow Leisure
The Harrow School of Shotokan Karate has been
operating at the Harrow Leisure Centre for the past 30 years, since 1974
and I have taught literally thousands of students of all ages, levels of
fitness and differing backgrounds, with their own unique personalities and
physical potential. I have seen how Karate and the positive character
changes that it can promote in most students have enhanced the lives of so
many people simply through the training. In a world that is perhaps
becoming ever more materialistic, with a move away from many fundamental
morals and principles, I genuinely feel that the practice of karate, where
the 'fight' is actually with yourself and how you deal with the 'Inner You'
can perhaps fill a void that seems to be growing ever larger day by day in
present day society.
Finally Nick, how would you describe the type of Karate that you teach to
your students and black belt instructors since you formed your own
association in 1989?
It would be impossible to forget Kanazawa's sensei's phenomenal karate and
the way in which he taught and performed it throughout those wonderful
years when I trained under him, and was so closely connected to him as his
student in Karate-do from 1965 to 1989. Because of that wonderful journey
and experience, I have always taught, and could only teach karate to my own
students in the way that my master taught it to me and my fellow karate-ka
such as Eddie Whitcher, Ray Fuller, Robert
Williams, Mick Randall, Mike Peachey, Pauline Bhindra,
Jack Johnson and Chris Adamou, all of whom were there, at the very
Nick Adamou was awarded 8th Dan by the IASK Technical Committee and this
grade was ratified by the English Karate Governing Body in February 2003.
He has trained unceasingly in the art of Karate-do for the past 40 years.