Karate has stood the test of time as one of the most effective and respected forms of martial arts in the world. Karate is the ultimate form of self defence, increasing self confidence, awareness and ability.
At Samurai Karate all your martial art needs are met with appropriate classes for all ages and ability levels. In a Samurai Karate dojo you will be taught not only traditional Shukokai, but sport karate also. Our instructors are highly qualified and are recognised internationally. Our association is affiliated to Japan which ensures that you get the same traditional karate that has been passed down for years. Get involved. Have fun, and make friends.
Queenslands Chief Instructor. Multiple QLD State Team Representitive. Direct student of Shihan Kimura 8th Dan, and Shihan Paul Mitchell 8th Dan Hanshi
BA(ed) Physical Education. Multiple QLD State Team Representitive. Direct student of Shihan Paul Mitchell 8th Dan Hanshi
Direct student of Shihan Paul Mitchell 8th Dan Hanshi
Shukokai was founded by Tani Chojiro in 1948. Sensei Tani started his formal karate training under Miyagi Chojun (founder of Goju ryu karate) whilst a student at Doshisha University, Kyoto. After some years Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa. Sensei Kenwa Mabuni - a friend of Miyagi Sensei and the founder of Shitoryu - took over his teaching. While still receiving instruction from Sensei Mabuni, Sensei Tani was teaching Kaicho Kawata Shigemasa who is now the international chief Instructor of Shukokai. Originally, Mabuni Sensei only taught the Naha-te system out of respect for his friend but eventually changed and began teaching the Shito system for which he became famous. On graduation from the university, Sensei Tani followed Mabuni to learn first the Shuri-te system before ultimately learning the developing Shitoryu system. After many years of training under Sensei Mabuni as one of his most senior students, Sensei Tani received the certificate of succession, entitling him to use the name Tani-ha Shitoryu (the Tani sect of Shitoryu). In 1948 Sensei Tani, whilst still a high school teacher, founded his own style, Shukokai. Outside of Japan, Shokokai was initially taught by three of Sensei Tani’s instructors; Kimura, Nanbu and Suzuki. Almost 60 years later, our Honbu dojo in Japan is lead by the Shukokai international chief instructor, Kaicho Kawata Shigemasa (above), 9th Dan Hanshi. As Sensei Tani's most senior student, Sensei Kawata continues to perfect the infallible foundations that have successfully established world wide recognition and respect for Shokokai, and the traditions that it encompasses.
Sensei Kaicho Kawata Shigemasa;
"Tani Sensei taught me how karate can allow humans to develop
and improve their lives, to teach them to be good citizens and lead a positive life."