Many Westerners have gone to Japan in order to learn the art of Shotokan Karate. However, only a handful of them has become successful on the peninsula. The most successful one is Sensei Richard Heselton. Right after he gained his high school degree in England, he moved to Japan to begin his life-long Karate journey. On his way, he studied under Sensei Tatsuya Naka and Sensei Koichiro Okuma.
First Westerner to become Captain of the Takushoku University Karate Club
But he did not stop there. He also became a student at the renowned Takushoku University and joined its world famous Karate Club. While this was already a sensation, that a Westerner joins the Takudai. Richard Heselton also exceeded this success. He became its first foreign team captain. In this position, he led the Takudai Karateka to several tournaments and successes. Even after university, he was an active competitor at several tournaments like the All Japan Championships.
Lecturer at the Takushoku University and Karate Instructor
Today, he is a lecturer at the Takushoku University and an instructor at the Takudai Karate Club. At Takudai he is an assistent to Sensei Katsunori Tsuyama and Sensei Tatsuya Naka. Beside his career as an lecturer and instructor he also played roles in several movies like the international successful High Kick Girl.
Richard Heselton as Role Model for Spirit and Budo
From our point of view, Sensei Richard Heselton is a amazing role model when it comes to spirit. He broke trough boundaries and mastered tremendous challenges with perseverance, a strong will, and a clear focus. Therefore, he also serves as an excellent example of budo. Without the readiness to fight and to take the hits such an extraordinary biography would not have been possible.
Oss, Sensei Heselton!
The following documentary excellently portraits Sensei Richard Heselton.