A Brief History of the Shukokai Karate Group

Karate literally means “empty hand” and karate-do “the way of the empty hand” which is a method of fighting without the use of weapons. (Master Chojiro Tani Quote ) Karate is not just punching, kicking, and blocking – that is technique.

Karate is an art.

Sensei Tani began studying Goju Karate while at Junior High school. When he entered the Doshisha University,
He began studying Shito Ryu Karate. Upon receiving his Menko (Teachers Certificate) from Kenwa Mabuni, Sensei Tani began teaching Tani-Ha Shito Ryu at his own Dojo in 1948. He proudly hung a wood carved sign above the entrance which said Shukokai. Sensei Tani sought to perfect his style by studying the mechanics of the human body and developed techniques which can be delivered with maximum efficiency.

Over a long period of time Sensei Tani evolved and developed Shukokai. He always laid stress on the importance of etiquette, discipline and mental control and was at pains constantly to promote the improvement of technique. When Sensei Tani retired as Chief Technical Director he appointed Shigeru Kimura (8th Dan) as his successor. Kimura Sensei had won the World All-Styles Championship when only 21 years of age and had twice been the All-Japan champion before retiring from active competition.

Our Karate Family Tree



Kanryo Higaonna
(1853 – 1915) (Naha -Te)

   Ankoh Itosu
(1830 – 1916) (Shuri -Te)


Kenwa Mabuni (1889 -1952)


Chojiro Tani (1921 – 11/1/98)
(Tani Ha Shitoryu/ Shukokai)


Shigeru Kimura (1941 – 1995)
(Shukokai – SKU (1969 )- SKF)


Roy Stanhope



Stan Knighton

Joanne Noble


Alan Martin


Kantu Patel (1957)
(SKG – 2000)