Dave Hague 6th Dan began his martial arts training in 1968 by beginning Judo practice, and joined the SKI (Shotokan Karate International) dojo in 1970. He was then a member of the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) and was given the opportunity to train with Sensi Eeda. He left KUGB when Sensi Asa started SKI so he could continue to train with Sensi Shiro Asa. He trained under Sensei Asa for about 18 years. Sensei Asa regularly having visiting Japanese instructors to his dojo, gave him the opportunity to train alongside many whom are w karate legends such as Kanazawa, Kato ,Mura, Shirai, Kasi, Kobara, and Sode, to name but a few, receiving all his grades up to and including Ni Dan from a variety of the top Japanese sensei: Asa, Eeda and Kanazawa. Currently affiliated to Jindokai, a martial arts society headed by Prof. Dr Stephen Chan OBE PhD 9 dan Shorin Ryu. Dave Hook 4th Dan Dave's Karate career began with Goju Ryu in Australia in 1970 under Sensei Brian Mackay. Then briefly with Wado ryu on returning to UK in 1973 in Streatham with Sensei Graham Mitchell. He began Shotokan at Sensei Asa's Shotokan Karate International (SKI) on moving to Nottingham in 1975, training at Sensei Morris' University of Nottingham Dojo. In 1986 he joined Sensei Aiden Trimble's (A Kata and Kumite legend) Federation of Shotokan Karate (FSK) at its inception. Appointed General Secretary of Sensei Vince Morris' Kissaki Kai from 1993, grading 4th Dan 2001, until Sensei Morris relocated to USA in 2006. From 1993 until present, main interests, Kyusho Jutsu and Bunkai Jutsu.
This is the first book in a series of three, intended as a compendium and reference work of the core bunkai (applications) contained in the 26 Shotokan kata and is unique in that respect. This first book includes explanations of kata and kata bunkai for the first eight Shotokan kata. They include the five Heian kata with Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai and Kanku Dai. In all bunkai, reference is made to the vital (Kyusho) points of the body to enhance the effectiveness of the application. Katas define a 'school', a system, or a ryu which is clearly identified by its katas as a school of particular emphases and principles. ... (Karate) Katas are to do with violence ... and they are to do with efficient violence. They teach how to respond to violence with violence. That is why there is no first strike in karate or its kata - but there are plenty of strikes that respond to first strikes. ... Sensei Dave Hague is one of the very few western masters who have captured, I think, what went on in the minds of the old masters. He has solved the riddle of how to read the book, and he has rendered his findings in a modern form which I think the old masters would appreciate and enjoy. Stephen Chan OBE PhD 9 Dan Shorin Ryu