Harry Gorter was born on April, 16th 1961 in the Netherlands in a town called Deventer.
He started with the Martial Arts in 1976 with Chinese Boxing and since then has never stopped training. He has been running dojos from 1983 to date. In 1977, he changed to Kyokushin Karate. Around 1989-1991 he started learning Ashihara Karate and he was in the first group of teachers to be certified by David Cook to teach Ashihara in the Netherlands.
In 1995, he also became interested in the Kyokushin Budokai style of Jon Bluming (10th Degree). Kyokushin Budokai is a combination of Karate/Kick-boxing with throwing technique and ground work. After an intensive instructor’s course, he became a certified instructor. In 1997, he started training in another concept of total fighting: The Pancrase style of Bas Rutten. In 1998, he became a certified instructor after completing an instructor’s course by Bas Rutten assisted by Leon van Dijk and Marco Ruas. He has also received certification in Jim Wagner’s Reality-based Personal Protection System
Today he teaches and trains Ashihara Karate, Pancrase and Ashihara All-round. The Ashihara All-round style was developed over a number of years and can be described as a mixture of Ashihara Karate, EWO, Pancrase and Vale Tudo. It accomplishes the total-fight concept. Ashihara Karate works very well for the ‘Standing’ part, Sabaki concept and throwing techniques in Total Fighting. He currently holds a 5th Degree and also has dan grades in other disciplines.
In 1993, he met Hoosain Narker at a summer camp of the AIKO in Hengelo. the Netherlands. Although they only had little bits of conversations, Harry was very impressed by Kaicho Narker as a person and as a budoka. Harry felt that he had the right KOKORO. When he heard a year or two later that Narker had started the AKI, he thought it to be a very good initiative. As he heard and read a lot about the AKI, he became interested to join and now he is a very proud member of the AKI. He is also happy to have the opportunity to promote the AKI and Ashihara Karate to the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.