Australian Chief Instructor SENSEI CHRIS LARKEN
Sensei Chris started training in Newcastle as a young man in 1970 and was graded Shodan in 1977, by Sensei John Jarvis. When Sensei Higaonna first came to Australia in1978, Sensei Chris converted to IOGKF, after experiencing the exceptional strength, technical expertise and humility of a true master and role model.
He considers himself fortunate to have been instructed and graded throughout his lengthy career by one of the world’s greatest living masters. Sensei Chris has attended many international Gasshukus and world Budosai’s during his karate career. In addition, he has also trained at European Gasshukus and, Ubuntu and Chief Instructors Gasshukus in South Africa.
Many Australian and Asian Pacific Gasshukus have been organised and held in Newcastle by Sensei Chris, hosting world class instructors, including Sensei Higaonna and Sensei Bakkies Laubsher. Sensei Chris has the longest standing IOGKF Dojo in Australia and has consistently produced many students of exceptional quality, some of whom have moved overseas to live and further their quest of Karate.
At the 2012 World Budosai in Naha, Okinawa, Sensei Chris was graded 7th Dan by grand master Morio Higaonna.