Rob Selby began his training in Wado Karate in 1982 joining his local club ‘Scorpion’ which was a member of the United Kingdom Karate-Do Wado-Kai headed by T Suzuki Sensei. When his instructor left the association Rob continued his training under Nick Keown remaining part of the UKKW with its strong ties to traditional Wado Karate. The club later joined the ‘Suhari’ group led by Jon Wicks.
Having first trained with Sugasawa Sensei on one of the UKKW Summer Courses, Rob received further instruction from him when visiting Suzuki Sensei’s dojo in London where Sugasawa Sensei often taught. Rob took his 3rd Kyu (brown belt) grading with Sugasawa Sensei in 1984. In 1990, and by now a regular student with Sugasawa Sensei, Rob joined Shikukai when it was formed by Sugasawa Sensei after the UKKW split from Grandmaster Ohtsuka II’s leadership in Japan.
In 1993 Rob became an Assistant Instructor at ‘Hook Shikukai’ until he left in 1997 to pursue his career as a secondary school teacher in Devon. He attained his 1st Dan (black belt) as a member of Shikukai Karate-Do International in 1999 and, with Sugasawa Sensei’s approval, Rob began his own club in 2000 originally called Otter Valley Shikukai Karate Club. He passed his 2nd Dan in 2002, 3rd Dan in 2008 and 4th Dan in 2013. Rob was awarded his 5th Dan by Sugasawa Sensei in July 2020.