Course with Sensei Dave Kershaw (8th Dan) - 21st/22nd September 2019
SKIF European Championships postponed to 2021
Traditional Shotokan Karate Club based in Bristol, United Kingdon (Est 1996)
Our Dojo (karate school) was established in 1996 when our Instructor Steve had moved to Bristol from Yeovil.
We keep to the traditional ethics of Shotokan Karate as taught by our association head Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan).
We welcome new students to our karate classes, whether previously experienced in karate or complete novices, families looking to train in a class together or just individuals.
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We practice and teach the style of Karate known as Shotokan.
Karate originated in the Ryukyu Kingdom islands, known as modern day Okinawa, as early as the 14th century.
Karate was introduced to mainland Japan at the turn of the 20th century, one of whom was Gichen Funakoshi - a poet and schoolteacher, whose pen name was "Shoto". The style he introduced became known as Shotokan as is the most widely style of karate practiced today.
We are affiliated to Shotokan Karate International Federation, known by the accronym SKIF.
The SKIF (est 1978) is a highly respected international karate federation founded by the infamous Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan), with over 2 million members worldwide it is one of the largest karate federations with many others following Kanazawa's karate.
The SKIF has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, with several senior Instructors based there teaching both at the headquarters and internationally.
Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa (8th Dan) is the current head of the association.
SKIF is further managed by continent and individual countries - for us, SKIEF (Shotokan Karate International European Federation) and SKI-GB (Shotokan Karate International of Great Britain).
The SKI-GB and SKIEF have the legendary Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan) their chief instructor.
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