W. Bro. Maj. Joseph Willoughby David Lloyd George Clarke CVO, ADC, PJGD was initiated into Lodge Thistle No. 1014 under the Grand Lodge of Scotland on 25th November 1992 in the land of his native birth, Barbados. He affiliated to Shotokan Karate Lodge No. 9752 on 14th February 2004.
W. Bro. Maj. Clarke was the hundredth master of his mother Lodge in 2005 and is also a past master of the Research Lodge of Amity No. 9073 and a founder member of Providence Lodge No. 928 under the Grand Lodge of Ireland in the Bahamas. He is also a member of Victoria Holy Royal Arch No. 2196.
W. Bro. Maj. Clarke is an elected member of the District Board of General Purposes for Barbados and The Eastern Caribbean and served as Junior Grand Deacon (JGD) in United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) from April 2018 to March 2019.
W. Bro Maj. Clarke started his karate journey in 1978 at the Queen’s College karate Club in Barbados and transferred to the Barbados Shotokan Karate Club in 1980. He gained his Shodan (1st degree black belt) on 21st March 1984 under the Japan Karate Association (JKA). He is currently a Roku Dan (6th degree black belt) and president of the International Karate Daigaku (IKD) headquartered in Canada. Sensei Clarke represented Barbados from 1988 to 2000, was a Silver medallist at the 1989 ISKF/JKA Pan American Championships and was a member of the first Barbados team to compete at the World Shoto Cup in Tokyo Japan 2000. Sensei Clarke teaches regularly in Barbados, Jamaica and at Colchester Shotokan Karate Club in Essex.
W. Bro. Maj. Clarke was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) on 14th October 2003 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and promoted to a Commander (CVO) in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2017. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the Antigua and Barbuda twenty fifth anniversary of Independence medal, the Governor General’s Gold medal and the Caribbean Cadet Medal. He is also a Gold Award holder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and a Paul Harris Fellow.
W. Bro. Maj. Clarke is married to Dr Shera Grant-Clarke and they are the proud parents of two children, Akela a final year medical student and Joseph an upper six form high school student.