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Sensei James Crooks, Godan

Technical Committee

Sensei James Crooks of the Cayman Associated Schools of Karate has been appointed to the Technical Committee of the Wado Karate Association of Canada.

Crooks sensei, an executive member of the Cayman Martial Arts Association, is a Godan (5th-degree blackbelt) in Wado, Yondan in Tae Kwon Do and Sandan (3rd-degree blackbelt) in Seido Karate.

Born in 1956 in Jamaica, West Indies, Sensei Crooks was first introduced to karate by his nephew in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 13.

On his return to Jamaica, and after several unsuccessful attempts, because of his age, at joining a karate school, he finally ended up at the local YMCA studying Kyo Kushin Kai Kan.

He was awarded the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Seido Juku Karate in 1974 by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura and the late Shihan William Oliver.

Having competed and winning in numerous tournaments in both kata and kumite, he became recognized primarily for his tamishiwari abilities, particularly head breaks.

Crooks sensei taught karate at the Jamaica Defence Force military camp, producing several blackbelts. He also established a dojo at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

In 1986 he moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands and started the only martial arts school on the Islands teaching both civilian and members of the police force.

In 1992 he established the first Seido Karate dojo in Houston, Texas. The dojo was started primarily for adults but quickly expanded to include children.

On his return to the Cayman Islands, after a five-year hiatus, he resumed training at local dojos and now studies under the tutorage of Saiko Shihan Greg Reid.

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