Shihan Reed Oliver, born on 30 October 1959, started training in Judo in 1966 and then in Kyokushin Karate with Fred van der Ross in 1970. Around 1976, he started training with Isgak Cassim and thereafter trained with Shihan Len Barnes at the Sea Point Honbu Dojo where some of the dojo students included Trevor Tockar, Kenny Uytenbogaardt, Hoosain Narker and others.
Together with Trevor Fredericks, they opened a dojo in 1985. From Kyokushin they later joined Ashihara Karate then switched to Enshin Karate with Kancho Joko Ninomiya when he formed his Enshin Karate organisation. Years later they parted ways with Kancho Ninomiya and formed their own organisation - African Enshin to focus on the development of students in Southern Africa.
He holds the rank of Rokudan.