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.