Sensei Roy Flatt has trained in the martial arts for over 40 years and has been an instructor at his dojo, Childwall Karate Academy, for 30 years. Currently Sensei Roy is an IOGKF 8th degree black belt. Along with English Chief Instructor Sensei Ernie Molyneux, Sensei Roy teaches karate at training weekends all across the continent of Europe. He has been a valued senior member of IOGKF since its formation. He regularly travels to Okinawa, Japan to continue his own training at Higaonna Sensei's Dojo. Due to his committment and high skill level, in 2004 Sensei Roy was awarded the title of Shihan by his instructor, Master Morio Higaonna. In IOGKF this is a rare instance on its own, however Sensei Roy is the first person to ever achieve this honour who is not also the chief instructor of his country.