Karate literally means “empty hand” and Karate-do “the way of the empty hand”. The art originated in Okinawa in the early 17th century when Japan invaded the island, outlawing the carrying and use of all weapons. In order to bypass the new laws the Okinawans developed methods of unarmed combat, and so began karate-do. Over the centuries the systems evolved and different forms emerged as a result of outside influences from China e.g. Kung Foo, and the adaptation of common farming and fishing tools for use as weapons, which we now recognise as ‘Kubudo’.

Today we practice Karate-do primarily as an engaging way of keeping fit, and all the health benefits that brings. Due to the varied nature of our training, Karate is fantastic for improving all-round personal fitness, whilst acquiring self-defence techniques and developing a love and understanding of the art. We recognise that every member of KSK is an individual and consequently will have their own motivation for practicing Karate, so whether they’re here on the quest for Black Belt or to improve their fitness we are here to support everyone in achieving their goals.


Shukokai Karate means “The Way for All”, and is a dynamic form of Okinawan Karate, evolved from careful analysis of the dynamics and principles of traditional karate. The lineage of Shukokai is such that it can be considered a direct descendant of its parent style, Shito Ryu. The Shito Ryu school of Karate was founded by Soke Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952). Mabuni, like many of the old karate masters, was descended from the Okinawan warrior class, or “bushi”. Now Shito-ryu is one of the most wide-spread styles of karate in the world.




Chojiro Tani, born in Kobe, Japan in 1921, began studying the art of Karate during Junior High School at the Gojo School of Karate. He entered Doshisha University in 1940 and furthered his studies of karate under the direction of Ken-na Mabuni (son of Soke Kenwa Mabuni). In 1948 he opened the Shukokai School of Karate in Kobe, where he taught Tani-ha Shito-Ryu. He also organised clubs in Kyoto University and Osaka College of Economics, Tottiro University and Kobe University Medical School.

Tani’s style spread mainly in Europe (Kofukan International). Shigeru Kimura, one of the students of Chojiro Tani then promulgated Shukokai to the Great Britain and United States, whilst Yoshinao Nambu continued to teach in Europe. And in 1968 Sensei Tani and Sensei Kimura introduced the style to England.
With Karate-do being our Art, Shokokai being our style, our organisations spirit is defined in our name ‘Koshinkan’;

Ko – Old / Shin – New / Kan – Place of training/ Together

Here at KSK our training has its roots in the old styles, it embraces the new and together we learn.

KSK KARATE ASSOCIATION BRINGS together over 250 members across 6 locations within the Sheffield & Rotherham area.