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.
SHU Study of martial arts, KO People Coming together, KAI An association where people come together to study martial arts.
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.
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.
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. )
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know. However if you have something to share then we want to see !