Our dojo (karate school) has been operating in the Westshore since September 2011. We welcome new students at all levels of experience and registration is ongoing.
The NCCP-certified instructors of Westshore Karate are dedicated to the teaching of karate, not only for self-defence purposes, but also for character building, and the development of self-confidence, physical fitness and camaraderie.
Classes currently available for all age groups from 4 years old and up.
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. Karate was developed on islands of Okinawa, the main island of the Ryu Kyu archipelago which lies in the east China Sea between China and Japan.
In 1609 a newly unified Japan invaded Okinawa and crushed all resistance. The Japanese victors then imposed a ban on all but their own warrior elite on the carrying of weapons. As a result the people of the island developed a system of unarmed fighting from which present day Karate has evolved. Alongside the practice of unarmed fighting skills, the people of Okinawa perfected various weapon systems based on the combative use of everyday implements such as rice fails, grind stone handles and sickles. Even the humble walking staff became a deadly weapon in the hands of an expert. All of these systems have survived to the present day and are practised in Dojos (training halls) throughout the world.
Modern Karate is made up of many styles which stem from their “hard” and “flexible” schools of origin. The main styles practiced today are Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Wado Ryu and Shito Ryu although many additional styles are descended from, or heavily influenced by these styles.
Shitō-ryū (糸東流?) is a form of karate that was founded in 1931 by Mabuni Kenwa.
Shukokai (修交会 ) was founded by Chōjirō Tani, student of Mabuni Kenwa, in 1949. This style represents the Tani-ha version of Shitō-ryū. Master Tani started to perfect his style by studying the mechanics of the human body and developed techniques which can be delivered with maximum efficiency. 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.
Master Tani’s most senior student, Shigeru Kimura, left Japan in 1965 to teach Shukokai in Africa. Kimura continued to teach after travelling to Europe, before settling in the United States in 1970 at the age of 29. In 1981 Kimura created the first Shukokai World Tournament. Kimura died of a heart attack in 1998.