Shikata Shotokan Karate Club was first opened in 1980 at the signal centre in romiley at that time it was called Compstall S.K.C. Affiliated to the K.U.G.B. The S.S.K. then went on to open the first dojo in offerton dialstone centre in 1982 The club at that time was called Dialstone S.K.C. Affiliated to the K.U.G.B. this club is still going strong to this day And is now called the S.S.K. Shikata Shotokan Karate, and Little Jags along with the dojo in brinnington, lapwing centre,Marple Hall school isherwood Gym and Bramhall sports centre.
The S.S.K. was established to promote the traditional and disciplined Shotokan style of karate, to provide a place for the community and the families of Offerton and Stockport to learn just what Shotokan Karate has to offer and gain a healthier body and mind, to gain confidence,discipline in every day life and self-defence in a disciplined way and have fun doing so, this is proven by the number of students who still enjoy training some of whom are serving members of the police force doctors and other upstanding members of the community. Over the years many members have trained from beginner to Dan grade the number of which runs into double figures . The S.S.K. is equally proud of the numbers of students who train regular be they beginners or Dan grades.
All the instructors of the Shikata Shotokan Karate and Little Jags clubs are black belts and pride themselves on giving the same attention to beginners as to black belts all the instructors are still required to train with Sensei D Grice to maintain there level of proficiency to teach with the Shikata Shotokan Karate and Little Jags clubs.
All the Shikata Shotokan Karate instructors are fully insured and members of the B.S.K.
Japan Shotokan Karate Association Sensei Abe 9th Dan.
British Shotokan Kyogi (B.S.K) and the sports council. Sensei C Gidley 8th Dan
Shikata Shotokan Karate and Little Jags Sensei D Grice 7th Dan.
Shikata Shotokan Karate and little jags Sensei M. Moore 4th Dan
Shikata Shotokan Karate and little jags Sensei C Moore 4th Dan
International Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Shihankai. I.S.K.S. Sensei C Gidley 8th Dan and G Curuthers 7th Dan
Funakoshi Sensei was not only a genius in martial arts but also a litary talent and signed his work Shoto, his pen name Hence the school where he taught came to be known as Shoto's school of Shotokan he combined there techniques and kata's other two major Okinawan styles to form his own style of karate. As a result modern day Shotokan includes the powerful techniques of the Shofei school and the lighter, more flexible movements of the Shorin school.
When the japan karate association was established in 1949. Gichin Funakoshi was appointed as the chief instructor due to his advanced skills and leadership capabilities. Although Funakoshi Sensei was famous as a great karate master, he always emphasized that the most important benefit from karate training is the development of spiritual values and the perfection of character of its participant. After training and teaching karate for more than 75 years . Master Funakoshi died in 1957 at the age of 88.
A brief History of the Japan Karate Association
Originaly, the martial arts te ("Hand") developed in Okinawa as a system of self-defence Due to Okinawa Frequent contact and exchange with China,it is certain that the Okinawa martial arts was influence by Chinese kempo at some point during its development. Howe ever with only oral tradition and no formal contemporary records, it is not certain exactly when the art called Kara-Te first emerged in Okinawa,it is believed that developed roughly 500 years ago, when the dynasty King Shoha unified the region after decades of and issued an edict banning the possession of weapons on the island.
According to conventional account a similar law forbidding the possession or use of weapons was re-issued and enforest by the Satsums clan, who had invaded Okinawa in the early 1600s and brought it under the ruel of the Japanese Shogunate. It is belived that in this enviroment karate developed as a form of unarmed combat for protecting ones country and it was taught and practiced in secret.
Then came the birth in 1886 of Okinawan karate master Funakoshi Gichin. He dedicated his whole life to promoting the values of the arts, and introduced the way of karate-jutsu to Japan. where he spread across the county. By 1949 his followers had established an association for the promotion of karate, they called it nihon Karate Kyokai or Japan KarateAssociation. it was the beginning of the J.K.A.