Sensei Roger Carpenter was born in London in 1945 and started karate training in 1964 at the Lyons Sports Club In Sudbury Hill, Wembley.
Originally he trained in the Wado-Ryu style and graded under Sensei Suzuki, and then changed to the Shotokan style under Kancho Kanazawa. All of his grades from 5th Kyu to 7th Dan have been from Kancho Kanazawa.
Since 1977 when Kancho formed SKIF, he has organised the schedules for Sensei Kanazawa in the UK. Originally this was for SKIEF and then for his own UK organisation, SKKIF, which now has around 30 clubs in the UK.
Sensei Carpenter is the Chief Instructor and Chairman of SKKIF and as such he undertakes bi-annual tours of all of the clubs in the association to instruct and maintain high technical standards in the organisation as well as to conduct gradings