Gareth Rees is a fully DBS checked karate instructor/coach.
He and all the clubs are registered with the Shukokai Karate Association governing
body and has successfully been instructing children and adults for over 35 years.
Shukokai way for all is a traditional fast dynamic style of karate which can trace
its ancestry directly back to shito ryu its parent style. Shukokai founder Soke Chojiro
Tani was a senior student of Kenwa Mubuni Shito Ryu founder, Mubuni (1890-1952) was
one of the early karate pioneers who was descended from Okinawan warrior class (bushi).
His training and instruction came two legendary masters Itosu and Higgaonna, Itosu
was a Shurite practioner whilst Higgaonna taught Naha Te which teaches softer circular
technique compared to Shurite which is very much more linear ballistic style supposedly
descended from Shoulin boxing. Mubuni also received instruction from Gokenki a master
of Fukien white crane Kung fu .
Gokenki was a Chinese tea merchant living in Okinawa at this time.
Through his teachings we still have the katas Ni Pi Po, Hakaku, Paipuren, which to
this day are still practised by some but not all Shukokai/Shito Ryu schools.
Mubuni eventually moved to Japan to promote the Shito style and it was during this
time Tani became his student and after many years refined the style into Shukokai.
Mr Tani himself was born in Kobe, Japan in 1919 and started to learn karate at jnr
In 1948 he opened the Shukokai school where he taught Tani-ha Shito Ryu aspect of
the parent style. Shukokai spread to europe eventually with the arrival of Yoshinao
Nambu and Shigeru Kimura both students of Chjiro Tani. Nambu heads his own style
and organisation now called Nambudo whilst sensei Kimura devoted his life to refining
and developing Shukokai, until he passed away in 1995.