Ken Hori Sensei, who is 5th Dan JKA, is the Chief Instructor of Cambridge Karate Dojo. Ken began training karate in 1987 with Cambridge University Karate Club under Eric Pich Sensei, with regular visits by Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei. Since 2005 Ken has been training regularly with Ohta Sensei at Oasis Shotokan Karate Club in London.
Ken competed in both kumite (fighting) and kata (set forms) until 2015. His achievements include both individual and team medals at BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships (for which he was awarded the Cambridge Full Blue in 2001), KUGB Central Regions, KUGB National Students, KUGB Nationals, and more recently, JKAE Nationals, Shotokan Cup, and Four Nations Championships. 2012 was a good year for Ken, when he was the Senior Men’s Individual Kata champion at both JKAE Nationals and JKAE Four Nations Championships.
Ken now referees at JKA competitions in England and Europe, and is found regularly translating for Japanese instructors at international courses both in England and Japan. Ken holds Instructor (B), Referee (C) and Examiner (C) JKA International Licences. Ken is also the current Squad Coach for the JKAE national team.
Through his regular training with Ohta Sensei and other Japanese instructors, Ken’s aim is to bring traditional JKA karate taught at the Head Quarters in Japan, which he visits annually, to students in Cambridge.
When he is not teaching or training karate, Ken can be found lecturing MSc courses in Economics and Finance at Birkbeck, University of London.