Shukokai Italy

History of Shukokai

Shito-Ryu Shukokai was previously known as Tani-Ha Shito-Ryu Shukokai and is one of the most dynamic and popular schools to have developed after 1948.
The roots of the Japanese Shukokai were centered at the Universities of Osaka and Kyoto and their students established the school as a competitive style fast and powerful.

The Shukokai was born from the mind of Chojiro Tani.

He began studying karate at the school superione, practicing Ju-Ryu style and continued his courses at Doshisha in Kyoto under the teaching of the great master of karate Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju-Ryu, which, in Previously, he trained under the guidance of Sensei Higaonna). Later, when the Sensei MIYAGI returned to live in Okinawa, Sensei Tani continued his training with Master Kenwa Mabuni, the famous founder of Shito Ryu.
The Master Tani became an avid practitioner of this fast and fluid style.
When the Master Mabuni died, Diploma legacy of this school passed directly to M. Tani.
Sensei Tani in 1946 he was appointed as the natural successor to the Sensei Mabuni and was given permission to establish a school of his own, Tani-Ha Shito-Ryu.
He was fascinated by the science of body mechanics and movements, and after many trials and brilliant studies redesigned methods of kicking and punching Shito-Ryu to maximize and benefit from plyometric (elastic property) contraction of the muscles.
The hip movement was emphasized and the famous double hip movement typical of Shukokai to execute shots evolved, giving the style its explosive power. After the Second World War Sensei Tani began teaching karate in an open-air car parking in the center of Kobe.
His group (Shukokai) grew so quickly, a year later, he built a dojo near his home.
Were introduced cushioned the impact of the Shukokai to help practitioners to increase their strength.
The Master Tani merged with great success the dynamics and speed of Shito-Ryu with the strength and power of Goju-Ryu so you do not lose any quality or strength of any of the two disciplines in this new school of karate - ' Shu-ko-kai '- which roughly translates to "club that works with" / "path for all clubs."
Despite its history as a way of competing university is famous, however the true ideal of Shukoaki is much more traditional. In fact, the reputation on racing it is only a small part of the great fame of the Shukokai.
For example, the Shito-Ryu Shukokai has the largest and richest variety of kata (forms) - are recorded 49 kata.
The kata can be compared to a living / mobile book of defense and attack.Transmitted by the master students after successive generations, this method continues to teach and shape the aspiring karateka.

The Master Tani died on Sunday, January 11, 1998.

Tsutomu KAMOHARA 9th DAN Chief
President Shito-ryu SHUKOKAI Union World
Denis Casey 8th DAN
Vice President Shito-ryu SHUKOKAI Union World



26-27 November 2022 - International Seminar Shukokai Italy with Tsutomu Kamohara

May 21, 2018 - New President is Tsutomu KAMOHARA

January 7, 2018 - great sadness.... soke Yamada Haruyoshi sensei is died.

March 27, 2016 - Team Italy at Gishinkan Cup 2016 (Amagsaki)

March 24 - 25, 2016 - Training at Ashiya University with Masters Haruyoshi Yamada and Tsutomu Kamohara

March 19 March, 2016 - Shukokai Italy in Japan - Amagasaki (Honbu Dojo)