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Lars Andersen, 5th Dan, Isshin-Ryu
Biography Sensei Lars Andersen
Lars Andersen was born in Denmark (Europe) on the 6th of June 1967 and started practicing Karate in 1981 in a Japanese Karate Dojo at the North Sea coast of Denmark. He made Shodan in 1987. The style was a mixture between Shotokan and Kyokushin, which are the two most common styles in Europe.
From 1986 to 1992 Lars Andersen was member of the Danish National Karate Team and participated in both the WAKO World championship and the WAKO European Championship.
His interest in Isshin-Ryu started because of different articles in Black Belt Magazine. He also bought all the Isshin-Ryu videotapes with Angi Uezu Sensei. He also met Johnny Jacobsen who had just returned from St Louis where he trained with Sensei Terry Creamer. He learned Seisan, Seiunchin, Naihanchi and Wansu from Jacobsen.
In 1988 Lars Andersen went to the States to find an Isshin-Ryu instructor, but had little success. He returned to the States in 1989 and stayed for a month with Sensei Terry Creamer. He was taught the eight empty hand katas plus Tokomeni no Kun and Kusanku Sai. During this stay he was promoted to Shodan-ho. He also had the pleasure of meeting Master Nick Adler and Master Steve Young during a trip to Chicago.
Right after he came home to Denmark he was drafted for military service for 2 years with the Dragoon Tank Regiment. In 1991 he moved to Copenhagen and joined the Danish Police Force. It was there he started his Dojo called the Copenhagen Police Karate Dojo. Which is one the leading Isshin-Ryu Dojos in Europe.
In 1992 he traveled to the Netherlands and was promoted to Ni-Dan by Sensei Fred van de Vijver, who was the first Isshin-Ryu instructor in Europe.
Sensei Andersen went to Okinawa in 1996 and 1998 and stayed for 2 weeks each time with Master Angi Uezu. Most of his training was under Sensei Tsuyoshi Uechi. He really appreciated his time on Okinawa. His number one student Sensei Mads Norby took part in the second trip. Mads is a leading figure in Karate in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) today and the promoter of the Budo Gathering. He is a fantastic force in Isshin-Ryu
(L-R - Sensei Lars Andersen / Sensei Tsuyoshi Uechi / Sensei Terry Creamer)
In 2000 he started teaching Isshin-Ryu to students from Romania, who has done a fantastic job teaching Isshin-Ryu in his country.
In 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 Sensei Andersen was stationed in Kosovo during the Balkan wars as a United Nations International Police Officer. He learned a lot during these years, especially about being cold in the mountains J. He is still very thankful towards his black belts: Sempai Bredsgaard, Sempai Petersen and Sempai Okuno for taking good care of our Copenhagen Dojo.
He has been rewarded all his ranks except Ni-dan through Go-Dan (25th of July 2003) from Master Terry Creamer and considers master Creamer’s linage his linage.
This summer (2007) Sensei Andersen participated in the AOKA World Championship and seminars in Chicago where he won both kata and kumite in the 3rd dan – 5th dan over 35 years class – a great day. His Sensei- Master Terry Creamer tested for Nana-dan and was promoted at the event.
AOKA of Europe also known in Europe as the Isshin-Ryu Karate Association of Europe (IKAE) consist of Karate-Ka members from Romania, Germany and Denmark.
(The patch of the Danish Isshin-Ryu Karate Association)