History of Karate 2012-06-21T13:59:30+00:00

‘Seishin-do’ means ‘The Way of Positive Spirit’

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A brief history of Shukokai Karate

In 1609 a newly unified Japan invaded the island of Okinawa and outlawed the carrying and use of all weapons. As a result the people developed systems of unarmed combat. Over the centuries the systems were improved as several different forms emerged due to outside influences from China and the use of common farming and fishing tools as weapons.

However Karate literally means “empty hand” and Karate do “the way of the empty hand”

Shukokai Karate, "The Way for All" is a dynamic form of Okinawan Karate, which has evolved from careful analysis of the dynamics and principles of traditional karate. The lineage of Shukokai is such that it can be considered a direct descendant of its parent style, Shito Ryu. The Shito Ryu school of Karate was founded by Soke Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952). Mabuni, like many of the old karate masters, was descended from the Okinawan warrior class, or “bushi”. Now Shito-ryu is one of the most wide-spread styles of karate in the world.

How Shukokai Evolved

Chojiro Tani 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 of karate under the direction of Ken-na Mabuni (son of Soke Kenwa Mabuni). In 1948 he opened the Shukokai School of Karate in Kobe, where he taught Tani-ha Shito-Ryu. He also organised clubs in Kyoto University and Osaka College of Economics, Tottiro University and Kobe University Medical School.

Outside of Japan, Tani’s style spread mainly in Europe (Kofukan International). Shigeru Kimura, one of the students of Chojiro Tani then promulgated Shukokai to the Great Britain and United States, whilst Yoshinao Nambu continued to teach in Europe.

In 1968 Sensei Tani and Sensei Kimura introduced the style to England.