At Ronin Seaham we practice Shotokan Karate which is a traditional style of karate placing a balanced emphasis on speed, strength and a range of techniques that instils confidence and self-control.
The Shotokan style originated in Okinawa and was introduced to Japan by its founder Gichin Funakoshi.
The Japan Karate Association further developed karate and began to teach their system around the world. Shotokan is now the most widely practised style of karate throughout the world.
In 1966 the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) was founded as a democratic and non-profit making organisation for the development of Shotokan Karate.
In 1968 Sensei Enoeda was appointed as KUGB Chief instructor and remained in this position until his death in 2003.
The number of KUGB clubs has now grown to over 300, making it Britain's largest, longest-established and most successful single-style Karate Association and its current Chief Instructor, Sensei Andy Sherry, is acknowledged as Britain's most senior Karate practitioner.
The KUGB has Karate clubs established in many Sports Centres, Universities and Schools, and was responsible for the acceptance of Karate as a subject for GCSE and A/AS level by the National Educational Awarding Bodies.
From its inception, the KUGB has dedicated itself to improving its technical standards. Each year it organises events which maintain the high standards they have achieved. These events include numerous free training courses for Black Belts, Brown Belts, Instructors, Referees, Judges, and Kata and Kumite Squads.
It also arranges annually many Regional and National Championships and has participated in European and World Championships throughout its existence, with outstanding success.
It is by far the largest and most successful single-style association in Great Britain with currently around 7,000 male and female members of all ages. Several hundred of these enjoy special KUGB Long-Standing Membership status, having trained with the KUGB for between twenty and forty-five years.
More information can be found at: www.kugb.org