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Shukokai Karate-Do


Sensei Kenwa MabuniThe style of karate practiced at the Kugatsu Karate-Do is Shukokai Karate-Do, a style famous for its hard hitting techniques and scientific approach to body kinetics.  Shukokai, which roughly translated means "Way For All", descends directly from it's parent style, i.e. Shito-ryu Karate.  Shukokai was the brainchild of Sensei Chojiro Tani (1921 ~ 1998), who developed the style in 1949.  Sensei Tani studied Goju-ryu karate for around a decade or so until meeting Sensei Kenwa Mabuni, the famous Shito-ryu Master.

Sensei Tani became a keen disciple of this fast and fluid style and when Sensei Mabuni passed away, the Diploma of Inheritance passed onto Sensei Tani.

Sensei Tani sought to perfect his style and develop techniques which could be delivered with maximum efficiency. He was fascinated with the science of body mechanics and movement, and after much experimenting and comprehensive study he re-designed the Shito-ryu kicking and punching methods to maximise the benefit from plyometric (elastic property) contraction of the muscles.  The hip movement was emphasised and Shukokai's famous double "hip twist" for executing strikes was developed, giving the style it's explosive power. Impact pads were introduced to help the Shukokai stylists enhance their power.

Sensei Tani sent forward three of his top instructors, Kimura, Nambu and Suzuki Sensei. These three instructors have developed World recognition and respect of the style.

The theories behind Shukokai are somewhat complex and it takes a lifetime of study to truly understand the art.  It is a system of combat which seeks perfection and therefore demands continuous study.




Soke Kunio Miyake (8th Dan)


The founder of Shuko-Kai International is Soke Kunio Miyake.  Born in 1946, he began teaching martial arts in Japan, while at the same time teaching modern Japanese language and literature at high school level.  Miyake Sensei moved to the United States in 1985 and quickly established Shuko-Kai U.S.A. in Southern California with permission of Shuko-kai Tani-ha Shito-Ryu Soke Chojiro Tani.


He currently holds an official U.S.A.  National Karate-Do Federation 8th Dan Black Belt in Karate-do and a 6th Dan Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Aiki-Jujitsu.  His instructor's licenses were issued by the All-Japan Karate-do Federation and the World Shorinji Kempo Federation in 1978 in Japan.  He is also Soke / President of Nippon Toho Iai-Do Renmei Shuko-kai. These degrees require the highest calibre of Karate, Jujitsu and  Iai-Do knowledge.  Miyake Sensei was the All-Japan Champion in Shito-Ryu Shuko-Kai in 1982 and the 1988 U.S.A Karate Federation National Champion.  He was also selected to be the representative at the All-Japan Martial Arts Demonstration (Budosai); a distinctive honour due to the fact representatives are chosen from Japan based on their superior skills in their respective arts.


His USANKF Black Belt, which has equally been approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the highest rank in this organization.


In addition of being a Member of the Examiners Board (U.S.A.N.K.F), Soke Miyake also serves in the U.S.A.N.K.F's National Technical Committee as the Chairman of the Kata Committee and Technical advisor for the National Team and coaches (1994-2010).  He also held Pan American and W.K.F International Referee's Licenses.






Shihan Shigeru Kimura (1941-1995)


The late Shigeru Kimura has done much development work in this school, he was particularly interested in the development of high-energy strikes and his work has produced some interested findings.  


His basic stance is held under tension and during punch delivery, weight is transferred onto the front leg.


Then a co-ordination of hip rotation, delayed spinal torsion and shoulder follow through produces some quite remarkable results in pad-work.

Shihan Tommy Morris  ~  The development of Shukokai in Scotland


Shihan Tommy Morris, Scotland's first karate black belt, is the acknowledged founder of organised karate in Scotland.  He first became interest in the martial arts during his teenage years.  Shihan Morris studied a variety of martial arts and karate styles before being introduced to Shukokai karate in 1967 during a visit to the dojo of Sensei Chojiro Tani in Kobe, Japan.  Shihan Morris described Shukokai as apparently having everything that other styles did not:


-    it was aesthetic

-    it looked how he believed karate should look

-    it was powerful

-    it had traditional roots

-    it was realistic and powerful


It was during his visit to Sensei Tani's dojo that Shihan Morris met Sensei Shigeru Kimura and recognised immediately that he was one of the world's great karate instructors. Shihan Tommy Morris is responsible for introducing and developing Shukokai  Karate in Scotland.  The majority, if not all, of the Shukokai Karate clubs with Scottish origins can trace their roots back to Shihan Morris.  


Shihan Tommy Morris is Chief Instructor of the Kobe Osaka International and former chairman of the World Karate Federation Referee Council and Sports Commission.  In recognition of the role played by Shihan Tommy Morris in relation to revolutionising the rules of Sport Karate, the World Karate Federation (WKF) awarded him the grade of 8th Dan.


Sensei Graham McCann joined the Kobe Osaka Karate-Do Renmei in August 1974, and trained under Shihan Morris until 1988.  Shihan Morris awarded Sensei McCann, then aged 15, his Black Belt 1st Dan on the 19th June 1982.