Pictured above left to right :
Sensei Kimura, Sensei Kimura & Tani , Sensei Dave Bowler 8th Degree with Sensei Stan Knighton 10th  Degree (SKU Chief Instructor)


The official Shukokai Karate Union (SKU)
 50th year 1969 - 2019
Orginal and the Best
We are members of the Shukokai Karate Union, teaching the traditional style of Shukokai Karate,
working to a recognised grading syllabus set by the SKU.

SOKE CHOJIRO TANI  1921 - 1998 ------   SOKE SHIGERU  KIMURA   1941 - 1995

Shukokai pronounced Shu-Ko-Kai , was founded after the second world war by Master Chojiro Tani  who was born in Kobe, Japan in 1921 and began studying the art of Karate during junior high school at the Gojo school of Karate. He entered Doshisha university in 1940 and furthered his studies under the direction of Kenwa Mabuni founder of Shito ryu. In 1948 he opened the Shukokai school of karate in Kobe. Tani's style spread manily in Europe. Shigeru Kimura a student  of sensei Tani promulgated Shukokai to the USA , then was introduced to England in 1968 by the Japanese masters.

Master Tani & Kimura sort to perfect the Shukokai style ( Tani karate research institute)  by studying the mechanics of the human body and developed techniques which can be delivered with maximum efficiency. It  takes a lifetime of study to truly understand the art and is a system of combat which seeks perfection and therefore demands continues study. 

In 1968 Sensei Tani and Sensei Kimura  introduced  the  Shukokai Karate Union (SKU), and in 1969  was formed as the           original Shukokai Karate  organisation  for England. The SKU have a history of Karate excellence second to none and many      champions  of national, international and world  level have been trained in our SKU method.                                                                  We have tremendous back up and support from our  Union, with some of the most experienced UK instructors, including our      own Sensei Dave hard to maintain  the prestigious style and keeping all clubs standardised in their teaching.                                                                                                                                    

SKU Chief  instructor  Sensei Stan Knighton  received his 10th degree  diploma  at the SKU national championships. 25/03/18

(     The history of  karate  can be found  on the links page.   )
"Karate ni  sentenashi"  a basic and very esential part of Karate  training. It means that the karateka must never attack first -- mentally or physically. To understand this fully takes years of hard, correct training are needed.  As the karateka grows in stature so also will grow his good manners and  etiquette, both outwardly and  even more important inwardly.

KEIKOBA PHILOSOPHY : If you have something to prove then we do not want to know.  However if you have something to share then we want to see !