Teaching Shukokai Karate in Glasgow since 1995
The karate style practiced at the Kugatsu Karate-
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-
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.
Shihan Shigeru Kimura (1941-
The late Shigeru Kimura has done much development work in this school, he was particularly interested in the development of high-
His basic stance is held under tension and during punch delivery, weight is transferred onto the front leg.
Then a co-
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 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-