Short History Of The Shikata Shotokan Karate Clubs

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

 

 

Gichin Funakoshi, known as the founder of modern karate, was a professor at the Okinawan Teachers college and president of the Okinawan Association of Martial Art in 1922 he was invited to lecture and demonstrate the new art of karate at the first national athletic exhibition in tokyo. The demonstration turned out to be a great success. due to the inspiring personality of Master Funakoshi and he was flooded with requests until he was able to establish the Shotokan in 1936 a great landmark in the history of karate.

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.

 

Sensei Enoeda was born in Kyushu, an island in the south of Japan, on july 4th 1935. A strong and natural athlete, he initially took up baseball, kendo and judo as did many of his contemporaries these being the popular sports in Japan at that time. He proved particularly adept at judo and by the age of 16 he had reached 2nd Dan however as is often the way fate guided him to a demonstration by two top Karate exponents for the famous Takashoku University. The two Karate ka Sensei Irea and Okazaki so impressed him that there and then he decided to channel his energy into karate.
He enrolled at Takashoku University joined the Karate section and within two years was the proud holder of shodan. Another two years found him club captain. One his teachers was the great Master and founder of modern Shotokan Karate, Funakoshi Gichin, whose instruction and advice was a source of inspiration to him. He graduated with a degree in economics before joining the J.K.A. instructors class which he attended for three years, during which time his main instructor was Sensei Nakayama. He also trained with many of the top Sensei or other schools and styles of Karate. It this quality of instruction, combined with a fearsome determination, which molded Sensei Enoeda into one of japans finest ever competitors and instructors .Always a keen competitor Enoeda regularly entered the various tournaments and achieved several victory's including the east university Karate Championships. Then in 1961 he won third place in the kumite division of the J.K.A. All Japan championships and also finished high in the kata event. The following year he repeated his kata placing and moved another step up in the Kumite by finishing second losing to Hiroshi Shirai and fellow J.K.A. instructors. Then in 1963 after another years hard preparation Enoeda turned the tables on Shirai in the kumite finals and became the all japan champion again being placed as a kata finalist. In those days many credited Enoeda with possessing the strongest punch in all japan, as a result of this tremendously powerful hip action and constant practice on the makiwara.
Gichin Funakoshi the founder of modern karate-do.
Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan (the tiger) (1935-2003)
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Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei (1913-1987
NAKAYAMA Masatoshi was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in japan and began practicing Karate iin 1932 after enrolling in Takushoku University in Tokyo. Where he trained under FUNAKOSHI Gichin Sensei and later under his son FUNAKOSHI Yoshitaka Sensei in 1949 Nakayama Sensei founded the Japan Karate Association with Funakoshi Sensei as chief instructor and together they created the JKA instructors course later. Nakayama Sensei established Karate competitions and also worked to spread Shotokan Karate throughout the world Nakayama Sensei wrote several books on karate among them the best Karate series.

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.