Matt Price Sensei (6th Dan) Biography
Matt Price started karate in 1982. Matt joined the infamous Leeds Shotokan Karate Club under the guidance of Bob Rhodes Sensei at the age of 13.
At 15 years old Matt was asked to join the KUGB Junior England Squad. By the age of 16 he was fighting for the Leeds senior kumite team.
Matt’s first International success came at the European Shotokan Karate Championships in Monaco 1992, here he took the individual Bronze and was part of the winning junior team.
By 1999 Matt was captaining the famous KUGB team and winning many national and international titles.
In 2002 Matt became the fourth person in the history of the KUGB to become Grand Champion by winning both the kata and kumite at the National Championships.
2006 saw Matt taking the title of individual European Champion at the ESKA Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland the first British competitor to do this since 1989. During this time Matt was also competing under Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE as part of the English
All-Style team and added WKF International Medals to his collection.
In 2007 Matt captained the KUGB Senior Mens team to Gold at the World Shotokan Karate Association championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Matt retired from competition in 2007. Since then Matt has dedicated himself to studying all aspects of Shotokan Karate. He has written many articles for Shotokan Karate Magazine and has a highly regarded instructional kumite DVD series. Matt also trains
in grappling and MMA.
Matt is the national squad coach for JKS England. In 2013 Matt was runner-up at the UK Coach of the Year awards.