Richard Amos Sensei
On the Value of Struggle, Movement, and Ethics from the Core...and Karate as Olympic Sport
Sensei Richard Amos is currently Chief Instructor of the World Traditional Karate Association (WTKO). He began studying the Japanese martial art of Shotokan Karate at the age of ten. By the age of 23 he had established himself as a champion figure on the Karate competitive scene throughout England and continental Europe.
In 1989, Sensei Amos moved to Japan to pursue the coveted Japan Karate Association (JKA) instructor program. By 1994, he graduated as a JKA instructor at the headquarters dojo in Tokyo, one of only four other non-Japanese martial artists to have achieved this honor to date.
In 2000, Sensei Amos started a dojo in New York City under the WTKO. He has since become one of the world’s preeminent instructors in Shotokan Karate. He leads seminars throughout Asia, Europe, and North America in addition to his commitments at his New York City dojo. He is staunchly committed to the principles of karate (including standards of behavior) as they apply in life outside the dojo as well.
His forthcoming book Just Say Osu! is expected out in 2017.
Welcome to my conversation with Sensei Richard Amos.
Our gratitude to Sensei Richard Amos for granting permission to use his private library’s images in this interview.