SHOTOKAN KARATE UNION

"Shinboku No Shakai"


The Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟 Shoto-kan Kara-te Renmei, often referred to as the SKU, is an internationally respected organisation, a society for friendship, a Shinboku No Shakai 親睦の社会. A society that was founded in Great Britain in 1985 by a coming together of invited individual members from several Shotokan Karate groups, including members from the two largest Shotokan Karate organisations at that time, as a result the SKU will always remain a strictly non political group. The concept of the friendship society was at the heart of the formation of the SKU, and that is why its members still hold strong to the belief that, “Unity is strength and strength through friendship”.



ACTIVITIES

The section below gives you the reader a brief synopsis of the SKU's Activities.

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SKU Activities

The SKU believes that "Shotokan Karate-do is the everyday study in pursuit of technical excellence & self-improvement." and that "Hard work under the guidance of a qualified coach is the only true way to produce long term results." We therefore, focus our efforts and activities strictly upon the analysis of, the understanding of & the improvement of the factors that affect our ability to achieve higher technical standards. The factors that are involved in the training of & coaching of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do. After all, any improvement in our personal technical standards and in the proficiency of our performance in the Art of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do, starts with and ends with us physically attending the Dojo and putting in the hard training hours. Our activities therefore, are geared around the improvement of performance. That's why the SKU offers to its members access to the following services : Quality Coaching, Grade Recognition, and Approved subject related study resources.

Quality Coaching

The SKU holds as its primary aim "The Coaching of the SKU Shotokan Karate-Do System, whilst maintaining the traditions and cultural ways, those that were at the heart of what was taught by the styles Japanese founding fathers". The SKU has and will always strive to Maintain High Technical Standards for all of its membership, and "training in search of excellence" is the aim that all SKU coaches emphasise. As a Member of the SKU you will therefore, have access to Visiting SKU Senior Coaching Staff, who are dedicated to "KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH TRADITIONS".

Grade Recognition

The SKU has always adhered to a transparent and structured grading assessment system which is detailed in and available to study in the Official SKU Grading Syllabus / Grading Record book, this ensures that all of our student members know in advance & understands what is achievable and is expected of them. As a Member of the SKU your training endeavours and progress will be recognised, as you will have access to the SKU structured Grading System, with assessment by Senior SKU Grading Examiners, and if successful you will be awarded with either an SKU Kyu Grade Certificate or a Japanese style SKU Dan Grade Diploma. New Members transfering in to the SKU will have the opportunity to Access Grade Ratification Certificates and Diplomas.

Approved Study Resources

As a Member of the SKU you will have Access to SKU Officially Approved Quality Training Equipment and SKU Officially Approved subject related Study Resources.

ABOUT US

The section below gives you the reader a brief history of the SKU.

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SHOTOKAN KARATE UNION

The Shotokan Karate Union is a respected non-profit International Shotokan Karate-Do Organisation, a friendship society that was established in Great Britain in 1985, with affiliated individual members Worldwide. We practice Shotokan Karate-Do as a traditional Japanese martial art form. Dedicated to using the traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate-Do coaching methodology we have therefore, chosen to resist compromising those tried and tested ways. Nevertheless, we do recognise, advocate and utilise many of the modern sports sciences to test and hone our Karate-ka to assist them to achieve their highest personal technical standard. When the Shotokan Karate Union was founded we were at the vanguard of coaching education in the martial arts, when we pioneered a gold standard system of coaching education, the Coaching award scheme, which now over 30 years on is a successful and structured coaching course. We subsidise / sponsor a number of places each year on the structured, educational award scheme to teach our coaches how to present the subject matter in a uniform manner, whilst ensuring that a high standard of student performance is achieved and maintained. From the organisation's conception we simultaneously developed and adhered to a transparent and structured grading assessment system so that our student members would know in advance & understand what is achievable and expected of them. . The Shotokan Karate Union's organisational model is based upon a consortium, an alliance, which was founded as a coming together of invited individual members from several well established Shotokan organisations including the two largest Shotokan groups at that time. We are a society of, a coalition of like-minded individual members, who are free to run their own affairs with zero political interference. This allows each individual to follow the path that is best suited to their specific needs, yet at the same time our members are in regular communication with others who are willing to freely share their ideas and experiences in a non-hostile, non-competitive atmosphere, where they don't fear to express their opinions and understanding of their studies with other coaches. Because the Shotokan Karate Union allows duel affiliation and does not have a designated Chief Instructor there is no political bias, in-fighting or jostling for position. We are run by the will of the membership through a Yudansha Committee of Senior Dan grade members and an elected Director of Coaching. The open door policy of the consortium model was a concept that was the aim at the foundation of the S.K.U, and it seems to have worked very well thus far as we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2015.

"Keeping in touch with tradition".

COACHING

The section below gives you the reader a look at the SKU Coaching / Administrative Team.

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SKU TEAM
Behind the Success

Our Coaching / Administrative Team

SKU Director of Coaching Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Derick Kirkham

Director of Coaching
SKU International Affairs Officer Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Rachael Reiko Murakami

International Affairs Officer
SKU Membership Officer Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Steve Redburn

Membership Officer

SKU Technical Advisors

The section below gives you the reader a look at a selection of the SKU's extensive range of Technical Advisors.

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OUR TEAM OF SKU TECHNICAL ADVISORS

SKU Technical Advisors, Country & Regional Representatives.

SKU Technical Advisor Korean Arts Don McArtor Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Don McArtor 9th Dan, has over 40 years of experience in Martial Arts. He has a great reputation in his chosen field and has trained many students to certified Masters levels in various Korean arts. As an SKU Technical Advisor he offers his assistance to SKU Members who have an interest in his chosen speciality"

Don McCartor
SKU (USA) Technical Advisor Korean Martial Arts
SKU India  C Amar Singh Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Amar is the Shotokan Karate Union Regional Representative for Hyderabad India. He runs a very large well attendeded and disciplined Shotokan Karate Union Group. Inline with SKU policy he is also Duel Affiliated to the Karate Association of India and the World Karate Federation and organises a successful annual SKU International open tournament that is in its 23rd year."

C Amar Singh
SKU (India) Hyderabad Regional Representative
SKU Ladies Champion Japan Kinuko Takahashi Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Ms Takahashi is one of Murakami Sensei's senior students and is her assistant on the Female Kata Training Programme. As SKU Female Co-Ordinator she is championing equality for female Karate-ka worldwide and signposting female SKU members to get the most from their Shotokan Karate-do studies."

Kinuko Takahashi
SKU (Japan) Female Member Co-Ordinator
SKU Tai Chi Technical Advisor Paul Regan Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Paul is a dedicated Traditional Karate-ka, who has a very rounded approach to his Martial Arts studies, as he regularly teaches tai-chi chuan and has studied Kendo. Starting his training career in 1987 when he was 6 years old, under the guidance of Kirkham Sensei and he remains a loyal student to him today as he ever was. His path is very much focused on the traditional budo way. He is a very capable Karate-Ka with a great knowledge of kata."

Paul Regan
SKU (GB) Technical Advisor Tai Chi Chuan
SKU NEPAL Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Rasheed is the SKU Regional Representative for Nepal. He has an expanded span of experience and has studied multiple styles of Traditional Karate-do but he has long specialised in the Shotokan Karate-do system. His very warm and friendly character comes through in his teachings and produces results for his large and loyal group of students. "

Rasheed Younas
SKU (Nepal) Regional Representative
SKU Technical Advisor Full Contact Karate Sajid Ali Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Sajid is a full time Karate Professional with years of experience in Full contact Karate. This award winning actor/stuntman really has an all action life style, yet he believes that he has found what he was looking for from his Tradional Shotokan Karate-do studies."

Sajid Ali
SKU (GB) Technical Advisor Full Contact Karate
SKU (Spain) Technical Advisor Kenpo Karate Pedro Rojas Torres Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Pedro is a qualified Oesteopath and a 7th Dan professional Martial Artist based in Catalan, who has spent a lifetime studying various Martial Arts including Shotokan Karate-do. In his capacity as SKU Technical Advisor he offers his assistance to SKU members who have an interest in his chosen speciality of Kenpo Karate."

Pedro Rojas Torres
SKU (Spain) Technical Advisor Kenpo
SKU Technical Advisor Ryobu Kai Karate Aruna Soysa Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Aruna is the Chief instructor of the Japan Karate Do Ryobu Kai in Sri Lanka and is Duel affiliated to the SKU and as an SKU Technical Advisor he offers his assistance to SKU Members who have an interest in his chosen speciality of Ryobu Kai Karate"

Aruna Soysa
SKU (Sri Lanka) Technical Advisor Ryobu-Kai Karate
SKU Technical Advisor Shito-Ryu & Shukokai Karate Mike Rowland  Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

"Mike has a long history in the study of Shukokai & Shito-Ryu systems of Karate-do and as an SKU Technical Advisor he offers his assistance to SKU Members who have a interest in his chosen speciality"

Mike Rowland
SKU (GB) Technical Advisor Shito-Ryu & Shukokai Karate




Derick Kirkham

Director of Coaching



Nationality : English.

DOB : April 1956.

Grade : 7th Dan.


"Shotokan Karate is the everyday study in pursuit of technical excellence & self improvement."

2 Times World Record Holder
(Power Breaking)
1982, 1983

4 Times Bronze Medallist
SKU European Championships
1985, 1986, 1987, 1990

4 Times Shotokan Karate Union Individual Kata Champion
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

4 Times Shotokan Karate Union Team Kata Champions
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

3 Times Winner Shotokan Karate Masters Individual Kata
2008, 2009, 2010

Various 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Medals Kata & Kumite 1973 - 1990

Sensei Derick Kirkham SKU Director of Coaching Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Derick Kirkham

Director of Coaching


SKU Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Kirkham Sensei is the current Director of Coaching to the Shotokan Karate Union, and is responsible for the direction of travel and the progression of technical standards for the organisation's worldwide membership. He is a Japanese Trained and Graded Traditionalist, who celebrated 5 decades of fighting arts experience in 2015. His enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of traditional Karate Kata has led this very stylish performer on a lifelong journey in pursuit of technical excellence, which is the essence of his coaching philosophy. Starting his life long fighting arts journey in 1965. He has trained with the world's foremost Japanese authorities and he is renowned for his attention to detail. He has a very polished, classical style to his performance, which he personally attributes to the influences that various Japanese instructors have had on his long career, and his strong belief in

" the revisiting of and the practicing of ones Kihon & Kata, no matter what stage one is at on ones journey! "

He has coached Internationally at martial arts dojos around the world, and also for professional sports individuals and clubs from other sporting disciplines such as athletics, rugby, ice hockey, educational authorities and government departments. He blends the traditional Japanese coaching methods with the advancements in modern sports coaching and sports sciences, combined with his experience and qualifications in the medical field, and the addition of Sports-psychology and Sports-hypnotherapy techniques, he really does have a unique and holistic approach to his coaching methodology and philosophy. He was the driving force behind the successful "Coaching award scheme", he is also a published author of numerous titles and a contributor to various International magazines, on the Shotokan Karate-do system as well as being technical advisor to several other Karate organisations. He believes that

"Hard work under the guidance of a qualified coach is the only true way to produce long term results.

"There are no details too small in the Shotokan Karate-do system that are not worthy of closer study."

"Don't think of practicing a technique until you can do it correctly; but think of practicing the technique until you reach the point where you never do it incorrectly!"

“Explore innovation whilst Keeping in touch with tradition.”


As a member of the SKU you have access to and therefore, you can benefit from personal instruction from Visiting SKU Officially Approved Senior Coaches, all of whom daily, strive for technical excellence for their students and for themselves. They are experienced and available, both Nationally & Internationally for Courses, Group Sessions, Club Night Classes, or Individual Private Lessons.





Rachael Reiko Murakami

International Affairs Officer



Nationality : English.

DOB : January 1960.

Grade : 5th Dan.


" Looking closely at and improving the small details makes a large difference."

4 Times SKU Kata Champion
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

4 Times SKU Grand Champion
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Various 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
1985 - 2014

SKU National Team Member
1995 - 2014



SKU Sensei Rachael Reiko Murakami Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Rachael Reiko Murakami

International Affairs Officer


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Rachael Reiko Murakami Sensei (Muri), is the current Shotokan Karate Union International Affairs Co-Ordinator. This shy but outstanding Karate-ka was born in Japan, but started her Karate training career in 1985 as an Individual Associate founder Member of the SKU when she was at University. There she met her mentor Kirkham sensei and has had him as her personal coach ever since. Now with over 35 continued years of Shotokan Karate-Do experience under her belt she acknowledges .....

"Everything that I have ever achieved in Karate is because of him."

As a child after tragically losing her immediate family she was adopted by a wonderful English couple and shortly after she became a British Nationalised Citizen, going on to represent her adopted country in the SKU National Ladies Team. Her family were keen to offer her the chance to acquire classical skills of playing a musical instrument, fine art appreciation and ballet classes, all of which must have added to her superb balance poise and timing that she displays in her Kata Performance. She is an accomplished pianist and went on the record in an interview recalling her time studying ballet...

" It was a wonderful form of expression, but ballet didn't offer me everything that I was searching for, and I only discovered that fact when I started my Karate training, simply because I found exactly what I was looking for, which was The Study of and the performance of Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do Kata! It's the Beauty of the Art."

In her role as International Affairs Co-Ordinator she has displayed the same discipline and commitment to the role, that made her 4 Times SKU Grand Champion. She is responsible for overseas membership and the success of the Female Kata Training Programme. Another project that she championed until she handed over the reins to her senior female student, Ms Kinuko Takahashi, in 2018, was the promotion of equality and acknowledgement of achievement for female Karate-ka, especially those in countries abroad, who are as far as Karate is concerned, still gender discriminating.

She was a dominant competitive force for many years and was best known for her elegant and beautiful flowing style of technique delivery, which led to her being crowned the SKU Invitation kata champion on 4 occasions in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and the SKU Cup kata & kumite Grand Champion 4 times also in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. She represented SKU England her adopted country between 1995 - 2014 and was winning various team and individual kata championships right up until she retired from competitive Karate in 2014. She coaches here in the U.K. in Singapore, and in Japan. She is a wife, a mum, medical researcher, karate champion, and a loved & respected figure of the SKU. Her coaching philosophy is best understood by the words that she recites to the class before every session she instructs, she quotes her coaches favourite mantra, that of....

"Don't think of practicing a technique until you can do it correctly; but think of practicing the technique until you reach the point where you never do it incorrectly!"

"As a member of the SKU you have access to and therefore, you can benefit from personal instruction from Visiting SKU Officially Approved Senior Coaches, all of whom daily, strive for technical excellence for their students and for themselves. They are experienced and available, both Nationally & Internationally for Courses, Group Sessions, Club Night Classes, or Individual Private Lessons."

SKU ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The section below gives you the reader a look at what GREEN Environmentally friendly measures the SKU are taking.

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SKU Environmental Policy

The Shotokan Karate Union is sympathetic to the environmental issues that affect the planet, and with that in mind we have continued to make a contribution towards reducing our carbon footprint. So now we employ various policies no matter how small they may initially seem that will help towards the cause and effect. 91.66% 11 out of 12 of the Yudansha committee meetings since 2010 have been conducted using video conferencing. This saves petrol from being burnt by all of the committee members when travelling to and from meetings. Since 2013 the SKU has moved closer towards being a paperless administration system, we are currently operating at around 89.4% 447 out of every 500 of all of our communications are paperless. Since 2010 where possible we have used recycled envelopes and paper for the majority of our hard copy communications. This has reduced our personal contribution to the unnecessary deforestation around the world. And in addition for the past 3 years we have actively participated in a "plant a tree campaign" to counter balance the small amount of non-recycled paper that we use. The SKU have a buy British, buy Local first policy, and to the best of our ability we make sure that our suppliers are supplying us with goods that fit the requirements of this policy. This is a difficult policy to employ at times and there is often a modest increase in the cost of purchasing this way. For some of our purchases we are forced to make exceptions, however, this is only after we are satisfied to the best of our knowledge, that a British / local alternative, of the same quality is unavailable. This policy when adhered to reduces the carbon footprint made by the transportation of goods across the world, and does not aid in supporting third world sweat shop labour conditions, and at the same time we are supporting Local British business. Since 2012 the SKU have moved away from holding geographically centralised courses that is where course instructors and attendants would travel to a central venue to participate. But now 83.7% 77 out of the last 92 courses that were held, were held regionally by qualified instructors from that region. While it is still possible to obtain hard copies of some of the SKU publications, in an effort to save on the unnecessary deforestation around the world, we are committed to and currently in the process of transferring our back catalogue to the PDF E-Book format. So if you are unable to obtain a particular title at this time, please be patient, as it is probably because it has not yet been transferred to the E-book format.



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SKU PODCAST

The section below allows you to listen to articles, interviews and debate via the SKU Podcast.

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SKU APPROVED STUDY RESOURCE

The section below allows you the reader to view some of the subject related study resource titles that have been specially commissioned by the SKU for Coaching Award Scheme Members.

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SKU Complete Coaching Manual Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Complete Coaching Manual

Physical Copy

SKU Complete Coaching Manual Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Complete Coaching Manual

E-book

SKU SRATEGIC REPORT Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Strategic Report

E-book

SKU HANDBOOK 1 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Coaching Award Scheme

Module 1 Handbook

SKU HANDBOOK 2 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Coaching Award Scheme

Module 2 Handbook

SKU HANDBOOK 3 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Coaching Award Scheme

Module 3 Handbook

SKU KIHON Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Kihon

Vol 1

SKU KATA Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Kata

Vol 2

SKU KUMITE Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Kumite

Vol 3

SKU BLOCKING Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Blocking

Vol 4

SKU PUNCHING Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Punching

Vol 5

SKU KICKING Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Kicking

Vol 6

SKU STRIKING Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Striking

Vol 7

SKU STRETCHING Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Stretching

Vol 8

SKU TRADITIONS Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Traditions

Vol 9

SKU MOVEMENT Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Movement

Vol 10

SKU PERFORMANCE Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Performance

Vol 11

SKU HYPNOSIS Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Hypnosis

Vol 12

SKU SHOTOKAN IN THE STREETS Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Shotokan in the Streets

Vol 13

SKU PSYCHOLOGY Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Psychology

Vol 14

SKU HANDBOOK Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Handbook

Vol 15

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SKU Grading Syllabus

Vol 16

SKU APPROVED TRAINING EQUIPMENT

The section below displays a selection of the SKU Yudansha Brand Approved Training Equipment. Changes from time to time are made due to availability in supply and discontinuation of certain items on Environmental policy grounds.

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SKU OFFICIAL EMBROIDERED GI BADGE Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

Official SKU Embroidered Gi Badge

As a proud SKU member make a statement with this 4 inch finely embroidered SKU badge, it is fully backed and edged, it looks great on ones gi, tracksuit, sports bag or leisure wear


AVAILABLE NOW

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SKU Yudansha Brand Coloured Belts

From white belt beginner, right upto and including black-belt. Including Red, White and Blue for tournament use. Each belt carries the SKU "Yudansha" label.


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SKU YUDANSHA BRAND EMBROIDERED OVER GI JACKET Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Embroidered Over Gi Jacket

This embroidered, showerproof, high necked, drawstring bottomed over gi jacket, zips up from the hem to neck and comes with elasticated cuffs, and is made from Red Nylon Taffeta 201t PY and has a white airtech perforated mesh fabric lining. It has proven to be very popular because it is the ideal top to slip on between competition rounds, or after a training session, or whether travelling to and from the dojo or tournaments, or just as a light showerproof leisure jacket. This jacket is exactly the same design as those prefered by and worn by the SKU squad.

Front : Embroidered with SKU logo on the left breast panel and the SKU "Yudansha" label on the right panel situated just above the drawstring.

Back : Embroidered in white with Shotokan Karate Union in stylised roman lettering.

Lining : White airtech perforated mesh fabric.


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SKU YUDANSHA BRAND JAPANESE CUT HEAVYWEIGHT GI Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Yudansha Japanese cut Heavyweight Karate Gi

The "Yudansha" is a white 14oz heavy weight karate gi made from 100% cotton. The jacket is embroidered on the left breast with the SKU logo and on the bottom of the lapel it carries the SKU "Yudansha" label. The trousers also carry the SKU "Yudansha" label.


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SKU YUDANSHA BRAND KUROI OBI SILK BLACKBELT Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Yudansha Kuroi Obi

The Yudansha" Kuroi Obi is a quality satin black belt with both the Shotokan Karate Union & the Shinboku no Shakai atrractively embroidered on it, in a contrasting amber silk cotton, and written in Japanese Kanji. The belt also carries the SKU "Yudansha" label.


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SKU GRADING EXAMINATION & RATIFICATION POLICY

This section gives you the reader a look at the SKU Grading Examination & Ratification Policy

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SKU Grading Examination & Ratification Policy

SKU Kyu Grading Rules

As a Member of the SKU you will have your training endeavours and progress recognised, as you will have entitlement to access the SKU structured Grading System, with assessment by Senior SKU Grading Examiners, and if successful you will be awarded with either an SKU Kyu Grade Certificate or a Japanese style SKU Dan Grade Diploma. For New Members transfering in to the SKU, you will also have the opportunity to Access the SKU Grade Ratification system which if successful you will be awarded with an SKU Kyu Grade Certificate or a Japanese style SKU Dan Grade Diploma which ever is appropriate.

An SKU Karate-ka will be deemed eligible to take a grading promotion examination providing the grading candidate has fulfilled the following crieria.

1: All of the technical and administrative requirements have been met.

2: They hold and are able to produce at the time of the grading examination their current SKU Individual Associate Membership ID Card.

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3: They are able to produce at the time of the grading examination their personal copy of the Official SKU grading syllabus / record book Get your Personal Copy Here

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4: They are wearing the appropriate clothing (all white ONLY) Karate-Gi.

5: The Karate-Gi is not a for rent advertising space and therefore only one badge will be permitted which is to be of no more than 4 inch in diameter.

6: They are wearing the Official SKU Gi Badge on left side breast of their white gi top.

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7: They have had permission to attempt the grading from their club chief instructor. For Individual Karate-ka students who are not affiliated to a club, then they must obtain permission to attempt a grading examination from their Approved Personal SKU Coach.

8: They have paid in full their Examination Fee prior to taking their Examination.
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SKU members may take their Kyu grading examination at any of the following venues.

A: At the candidate's own dojo

B: At another dojo who have given their permission

C: At a private dojo who have given their permission

D: At specially arranged appropriate venues who have given their permission

E: At SKU events

Kyu Grading Candidates must

F: Train on average a minimum of twice per week, for the full & correct waiting time period.

G: At an affiliated SKU dojo or for private student under the guidance of an SKU Approved Coach.

H: They must have been exclusively studying the Official SKU Grading Syllabus for the grading that they will be attempting.

PLEASE NOTE : If the grading candidate has for whatever reason missed some sessions, then they may top up the short fall with the equivalent number of Private Lessons, these may be taken with either their SKU club instructor or an approved SKU visiting instructor.

They must have observed the correct waiting time for the grade that they are attempting.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : It is the responsibility of the club instructor to supply the Visiting Grading Examiner with the following information and a written list of all of the Grading candidates, NO LATER than 2 weeks before the date of the grading.

LIST INFORMATION REQUIRED
1a: An Official Kyu Grading Examination Form for each Kyu candidate.
1b: An Official Dan Grading Examination Form for each Dan candidate.
2: A written list of all of the Grading candidates
2a: The NAMES of the grading candidates
2b: Their Individual Associate Membership ID Card Number
2c: The grade that they are attempting.
2d: The age of the candidate.

It is the responsibility of an SKU club instructor to ensure that every student who has been training at an SKU club for 4 weeks, has purchased an SKU Individual Associate Membership ID Card.

It is also the responsibility of an SKU club instructor that they ensure that every student owns an Official SKU Grading Syllabus / Record book. This measure will assist both the club instructor and the student, because the student will have for the maximum period in their possession and at their disposal every means possible to know and understand in advance what is expected of them and the exact content of the grading examination syllabus that they will be attempting.

The SKU expects every SKU club instructor to perform due diligence in both their training and their administrative practices and therefore, they are expected to do a regular check every month to ensure all club members when they have had their 4th lesson will be supplied with an SKU Individual Associate Membership Form, which you can Download a Form Here and it is also expected that as an SKU Club Instructor you ensure the student purchases an Offical copy of the SKU Grading Syllabus / Record book.

The candidates Official Grading Syllabus / Record book and their Individual Associate Membership ID Card must be produced at the grading for the examiner to inspect and sign prior to the examination taking place. Any candidate who is found to be out of membership or has not fulfilled the stated technical & administrative requirements, then they will be refused the opportunity to take their examinations until their paperwork is in order.

Please Note: That there will be no exception to this rule.

Novice Gradings

Novices attempting 10th Kyu may grade after a period of three months of regular training at an SKU dojo whilst exclusively studying the SKU style of Shotokan Karate-do Official 10th Kyu Grading Syllabus. It is possible for exceptional novice students to be graded directly to 9th Kyu, but this is the exception to and is definitely not the rule. It's purely at the discretion of the visiting examiner.

Kyu Grading Waiting Times

There is a set minimum of three to six monthly intervals between each of the Kyu grading examinations from 9th Kyu to 1st Kyu. The correct waiting times are stated clearly for each grading examination attempt in the Official SKU Grading Syllabus / Record book.

Temporary Kyu Grades

No Temporary Kyu Grades will ever be issued at an SKU grading examination by any of our Official SKU Grading Examiners. Temporary Kyu Grades are not recognised by the SKU and therefore anyone attemping to grade up must hold a full Kyu Grade pass.

Failing a Kyu Grading Exam

Students who fail a Kyu grade examination may re-take their examination after a period of one to three months, the period is at the discretion of and the recommendation of the Grading Examiner who failed the student. The failed student will be told by the SKU Examiner on the night what the minimum period of extra training is required before they can re-take their examination.

Transfering in of Kyu Grades to the SKU from other Shotokan Karate-do Organisations.

Kyu Grade Shotokan Karate-ka who transfer into the SKU may wear the equivilent coloured belt of their current Kyu grade, but they must re-grade within a maximum of 12 months of the date of their transfer into the SKU; at that point they will then be awarded with an SKU grade which is appropriate to their level of attainment within the SKU system. They may be awarded the same grade, a lower grade or the next grade up. Thereafter, they will then be allowed to continue grading within the SKU grading system and they will observe the usual time scales between grading examinations as any other SKU member.

Official SKU Grading Syllabus

A copy of the Official SKU style Shotokan Karate-do Grading Syllabus is available by CLICKING HERE The examiner will ask the candidate to perform all of the Kihon, Kata and Kumite in the order as it is listed in the Official SKU style Shotokan Karate-do Grading Syllabus for the Kyu grade being attempted and candidates may be required to demonstrate techniques and or kata from a previous Kyu grade syllabus. This measure is to ensure that the overall development and the retention of information by the student has been achieved.

An appropriate sliding scale of allowance will be invoked at the discretion of the SKU Grading Examiner for those candidates who are unable to perform certain techniques due to the candidate having a permanent physical or other debilitating restrictions. These candidates however, will be expected to perform suitable alternative techniques in such cases so as to permit the SKU Grading Examiner the opportunity to assess fully the candidates individual level of ability.

Grading Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for any SKU member to access a grading examination. It is NOT the responsibility of nor in the remit of the SKU Examiner to deny access to any SKU member on the grounds of age or infirmity who wishes to attempt a grading examination. The initial vetting process is the responsibility of and is in the remit of all SKU Club Instructors. SKU Club Instructors must display due diligence in their duty at all times and realistically assess whether or not the candidate understands and can perfom the syllabus without assistance before they permit the candidate to attempt any grading examination. It is also the duty of the candidates club instructor to make available, facilitate and ensure that all candidates are thoroughly familiar with through the regular practice of the Official SKU style of Shotokan Karate-do Grading syllabus for the grade that the candidate is attempting, before they give their student permission to present for a grading examination.

SKU Gradings

SKU Members are entitled to take grading examinations after fulfilling the required set period of training between gradings. The gradings are conducted by appointed Qualified Senior SKU Grading Examiners; this structure has helped to maintain a high technical standard and allows club instructors to access, interact and benefit from building a relationship with the most Senior SKU Coaches.

SKU Grading Syllabus

There is an Official SKU style of Shotokan Karate-do structured Grading Syllabus which is set and is never deviated from for all of the Kyu and Dan grading examinations within the SKU system. Progression through the ranks is via an examination of ones level of abilities and skills in the execution of those prescribed techniques. There are ten ranks, coloured belts, Kyu grades below the rank of the treasured Black Belt, 1st Dan, Sho-Dan. The coloured belt ranks / grades are known as Kyu grades with each grading examination progressively getting more difficult from the last, and each of the 10 Kyu ranks / grades have a specified coloured belt to denote the rank / grade that has been achieved by the student.

Achieving an SKU Kyu Grade Coloured Belt

There are 10 levels of Coloured belts or Kyu grades, starting with 10th Kyu through to and including 1st Kyu. SKU students who are in regular training and receiving regular instruction from an SKU qualified coach and are regularly practicing the Official SKU Grading Syllabus are realistically on average gaining a promotion by passing a Kyu grading examination every 3 to 6 months and these promotions are denoted by the wearing of the next coloured belt in the system.

Achieving an SKU Dan Grade

There are 10 levels of Black belt or Dan grades, starting with 1st Dan. SKU students who are in regular training and receiving regular instruction from an SKU qualified coach and are regularly practicing the Official SKU Grading Syllabus, can on average expect to reach 1st Dan standard in a 3 to 4 year period. Thereafter it takes a minimum of 2 more years to achieve 2nd Dan, 3 years after passing 2nd Dan to achieve 3rd Dan, 4 years after passing 3rd Dan to achieve 4th Dan and so on.

Download an Official SKU Dan Grading Examination Application Form CLICK HERE

SKU Dan Grading Rules

An SKU Karate-ka of 1st Kyu and above will be deemed eligible to take a grading promotion examination providing the grading candidate has fulfilled the following crieria.


1: All of the technical and administrative requirements have been met.

2: They hold and are able to produce at the time of the grading examination their current SKU Individual Associate Membership ID Card Download Form Here

3: They are able to produce at the time of the grading examination their personal copy of the Official SKU Grading Syllabus / Record book

4: They are wearing the appropriate clothing (all white ONLY) Karate-Gi.

5: The Karate-Gi is not a for rent advertising space and therefore only one badge will be permitted which is to be of no more than 4 inch in diameter.

6: They are wearing the Official SKU Gi Badge on left side breast of their white gi top.

7: They have had permission to attempt the grading from their club chief instructor. For Individual Karate-ka students who are not affiliated to a club, then they must obtain permission to attempt a grading examination from their Approved Personal SKU Coach.

8: They have paid in full their Examination Fee prior to taking their Examination.
Pay your Examination Fee Here

SKU members may take their Dan grading examination at any of the following venues.

A: At the candidate's own dojo

B: At another dojo who have given their permission

C: At a private dojo who have given their permission

D: At specially arranged appropriate venues who have given their permission

E: At SKU events

Dan Grading Candidates must

F: Train on average a minimum of twice per week, for the full & correct waiting time period.

G: At an affiliated SKU dojo or for private student under the guidance of an SKU Approved Coach.

H: They must have been exclusively studying the Official SKU Grading Syllabus for the grading that they will be attempting.

PLEASE NOTE : If the grading candidate has for whatever reason missed some sessions, then they may top up the short fall with the equivalent number of Private Lessons, these may be taken with either their SKU club instructor or an approved SKU visiting instructor.

They must have observed the correct waiting time for the grade that they are attempting.

The candidates Official Grading Syllabus / Record book and their Individual Associate Membership ID Card must be produced at the grading for the examiner to inspect and sign prior to the grading examination.

PLEASE NOTE : there will be no exception to these rules.

Temporary Dan Grades

NO Temporary Dan Grades will ever be issued at an SKU grading examination by any Official SKU Grading Examiner or SKU Grading Panel. Temporary Kyu & Dan Grades are not recognised by the SKU and therefore anyone attemping to grade up must hold the appropriate Full Grade pass before they can be considered to take an upgrade examination.

Failing a Dan Grading Exam

Students who fail a Dan grading examination may re-take their examination after a period of one to three months, the period is at the discretion of and the recommendation of the Grading Examiner who failed the student. The failed student will be told by the SKU Examiner on the night what the minimum period of extra training is required before they can re-take their examination.

KYU & DAN Grade Ratification

SKU Members may Download an SKU Dan Grade Ratification Application Form by Clicking Here.

SKU Members may Download an SKU Kyu Grade Ratification Application Form by Clicking Here.

Grade Ratification is available to all new SKU members who have previously taken grades with other organisations, those members who wish to align and have their grade status recognised with those of the SKU. Grade Ratification helps towards maintaining the standards across the SKU worldwide and a successful Grade Ratification comes with either a Kyu Grade Certificate or Japanese style Dan Grade Diploma, dependent upon your ratified grade status.



SKU SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

The section below gives you the reader a look at the services & activities offered to members of the SKU.

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Quality Coaching

As a member of the SKU you have access to and therefore, can benefit from Visiting SKU Officially Approved Senior Coaches, all of whom daily, strive for technical excellence for their students and for themselves. They are experienced and available, both Nationally & Internationally for Courses, Group Sessions, Club Night Classes, or Individual Private Lessons.

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Grading Examinations

As a Member of the SKU you will have your training endeavours and progress recognised, as you will have access to the SKU structured Grading System, with assessment by Senior SKU Grading Examiners, and if successful you will be awarded with either an SKU Kyu Grade Certificate or a Japanese style SKU Dan Grade Diploma. For New Members transfering in to the SKU, they will also have the opportunity to Access Grade Ratification Certificates and Diplomas.

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Approved Training Equipment

All of our listed training equipment is Officially approved and recommended by the SKU.

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Approved Study Resource

All of our study resource are commissioned by the SKU and designed to increase ones knowledge, understanding and chances of progressing in your practice of Shotokan Karate-do but specifically they are designed to help you to pass your grading examinations within the Shotokan Karate Union system.

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Grade Ratification

Grade Ratification is available to new SKU members who have taken grades with other organisations, those who wish to align and have their grade status recognised with those of the SKU. It is to maintain standards across the SKU worldwide and Grade Ratification comes with a Kyu Grade Certificate or Japanese style Dan Grade Diploma, dependent upon your grade status.

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Technical Advisors

As a member of the SKU you can benefit from the links that the SKU have forged over many years. Our SKU team of Technical Adivisors all have experience of Shotokan Karate practice and are specialist in other forms of Karate and or Martial Arts related subjects. All of the SKU Technical Advisors subscribe to and follow closely the same principles of the SKU, they strive for and promote technical excellence for their students and for themselves. Our Team of experienced coaches are willing and available, to assist SKU members with genuine enquiries relating to their specifiic subject area of expertise.

SKU FORMS & DOWNLOADABLES

The section below gives you the reader access to the current SKU Forms & Downloadables.

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SKU FORM 1 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Individual Associate Membership Application Form

Download your SKU Individual Associate Membership Application Form here.

SKU FORM 2 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Dojo / Club Affiliation Application Form

Download your SKU Dojo / Club Affiliation Application Form here.

SKU FORM 3 Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Group Affiliation Application Form

Download your SKU Group Affiliation Application Form here.

SKU KYU GRADE EXAM FORM Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Kyu Grade Examination Application Form

Download your SKU Kyu Grade Examination Application Form here.

SKU DAN GRADING EXAM FORM Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Dan Grade Examination Application Form

Download your SKU Dan Grade Examination Application Form here.

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SKU Kyu Grade Ratification Application Form

Download your SKU Kyu Grade Ratification Application Form here.

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SKU Dan Grade Ratification Application Form

Download your SKU Dan Grade Ratification Application Form here.

BENEFITS of SKU MEMBERSHIP

The section below gives you the reader the benefits offered to you as a member of the SKU.

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SKU MEMBERSHIP, AFFILIATION & OTHER FEES

The section below gives you the reader the opportunity to renew or pay your SKU Membership, Affiliation & Other Fees online.

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     SKU MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATION FEES

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SKU Individual Associate Membership

£ 30 GBP

UK delivery addresses should allow 7 days after the payment has cleared to receive their SKU Individual Associate Membership ID Card.

Delivery addresses outside of the UK may take longer.

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SKU Dojo / Club Affiliation

£ 50 GBP

Renew your SKU Dojo Affiliation
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Affiliate your Dojo to the SKU

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SKU Group Affiliation

£ 50 GBP

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     SKU GRADING EXAMINATION & RATIFICATION FEES

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SKU Kyu Grade

Examination Fee

£ 15 GBP
  • UK delivery addresses should allow 7 days after the payment has cleared to receive their SKU Kyu Grade Examination Certificate.

    Delivery addresses outside of the UK may take longer.
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SKU Dan Grade

Examination Fee

£ 50 GBP
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    Delivery addresses outside of the UK may take longer.
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SKU Kyu Grade

Ratification Fee

£ 15 GBP
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    Delivery addresses outside of the UK may take longer.
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SKU Dan Grade

Ratification Fee

£ 50 GBP
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    Delivery addresses outside of the UK may take longer.
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      OTHER SKU FEES

SKU GRADING SYLLABUS RECORD BOOK Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Official Grading Syllabus & Record

E-book

£ 3.99 GBP
  • A complete guide to the Official SKU Grading Syllabus and a Grading Record E-book, which will take you through all of your Kyu gradings, from beginner right up to and including black-belt Shodan, it also includes all of the required relevant Kihon combinations.
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SKU Official Embroidered Gi Badge

£ 7.99 GBP
  • As a proud member of the SKU make a statement at your grading exam, on training courses or at tournaments, with this 4" inch finely embroidered SKU Gi Badge, it is fully backed and edged, it looks great on ones gi, tracksuit, sports bag or leisure wear.
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SKU HANDBOOK Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

SKU Official Handbook

E-book

£ 5.99 GBP
  • A comprehensive E-book which will benefit all SKU members and club coaches as it gives valuable advice and guidance upon a wide range of topics. This SKU handbook is packed with information on the use of correct etiquette, the black belt code, the principles of karate-do, of kata and of kumite. Important techniques are looked at in great detail from both a practical and scientific point of view, looking at improving their performance, considering their background, evolution and the theories and terminology that surround them. An invaluable asset specifically designed to help you pass grading examinations.
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The Complete Coaching Manual for the Martial Arts

E-book

£ 3.99 GBP
  • his is an E-book copy of the best selling manual for coaches, students and enthusiasts of the martial arts that will sign post them towards the relevant subject areas of study that all coaches should make themselves aware of, whilst in pursuit of excellence, no matter which martial art one has chosen.
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SKU COMPLETE COACHING MANUAL Shotokan Karate Union 松涛館 空手連盟

The Complete Coaching Manual for the Martial Arts

Physical copy

£ 14.99 GBP
  • This is a Physical copy of the best selling manual for coaches, students and enthusiasts of the martial arts that will sign post them towards the relevant subject areas of study that all coaches should make themselves aware of, whilst in pursuit of excellence, no matter which martial art one has chosen.
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SKU Official Student Medium weight Karate Uniform

"Yudansha" Brand

£ 29.99 GBP

SKU Official Embroidered Blackbelt Kuroi Obi

"Yudansha" Brand

£ 59.99 GBP

SKU Official Japanese cut Instructor Heavy weight Karate Uniform

"Yudansha" Brand

£ 79.99 GBP

HOW TO JOIN THE SKU

We are open to application for membership from individuals, clubs, groups, enthusiasts of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do and Individuals from other styles who wish to study the SKU Shotokan Karate-Do system in a non political and friendly environment. All Application & Affiliation Forms are available online by Clicking Here or through the Membership Officer or through your Dojo/Club Instructor.

The SKU Shotokan Karate-Do system is a Traditional blend of all the best characteristics of Shotokan Karate-do, those characteristics that have been brought to us through the Lineage of the great Shotokan Karate-do Masters. We therefore, recognise the pioneering work done by the Japan Karate Association, the teachings of Masters Gichin & Yoshitaka Funakoshi, Masatoshi Nakayama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Keinoske Enoeda, Masao Kawasoe and others.

We invite you to join the SKU and we look forward to welcoming you to our Shotokan Karate-do worldwide family.

"Keeping in touch with tradition"

The Shotokan Karate Union (SKU) is a non-profit International Traditional Shotokan Karate-do Organisation that was established in Great Britain in 1985, that offers Individual Associate, Club and Group membership worldwide, are the three options available of how you may affiliate to the SKU. The SKU is an Organisation that proudly states that their purpose for being in existence, their raison d'être is to

"Keep alive the Traditional practices of and the promotion of the SKU Shotokan style of Karate-do, strictly as a Traditional Japanese Martial Art form".

Members of the SKU range from the total novice all the way through to high ranking Senior Dan Grades. Our Coaching Team & Technical Advisors all have decades of International coaching experience.

We accept applications from practitioners and enthusiasts of Traditional Karate-do styles other than that of Shotokan Karate-do.

During their period of SKU membership Non Shotokan Karate-do Karate-ka members are free to continue practicing their Non Shotokan Karate-do style of Traditional Karate-do / Martial Art alongside their learning the SKU Shotokan Karate-do system.

We have no problems with any new member holding and maintaining Duel Affiliation to another Organisation whilst they are members of the SKU. For your peace of mind especially those members who choose to simultaneously hold duel membership with another Organisation, that during their period of membership with the SKU, they can rest assured that their membership details are kept SECURE, SAFE & most importantly, totally PRIVATE. Your personal details will never be shared with a third party, as we operate a strict confidentiality / anonymity policy.

The main criteria that we look for of anyone wishing to join the SKU, is that they are foremost of honest character and that they have a dedicated approach to their studies of Traditional Karate-do firmly as their primary goal. So if you are someone who has a genuine desire to keep the original values of the Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate-do style alive through the use of the SKU Traditionally structured coaching and grading systems, then you will be made welcome.

The SKU has chosen to resist compromising those tried and tested ways, but we are not a closed minded organisation to other coaching methodologies as we recognise, advocate and utilise the advancements that have been made in modern sports sciences and technology to test and hone our Karate-ka to assist them in

"achieving their highest personal technical standard."

We ask all Dan Grades when they apply to join the SKU, to support their application by sending copies of the appropriate certificated documentation of their current grade status, which must have been directly issued by an organisation that has lineage to one of the established, recognised and respected Japanese Shotokan Karate-do Organisations or other style appropriate Organisations for the non Shotokan Dan Grades.

The Shotokan Karate Union's organisational model is based upon a consortium, an alliance, which was founded in 1985 as a coming together of invited individual members from several well established Shotokan organisations including the two largest Shotokan groups at that time. We are a Shinboku No Shikai a friendship society of, a coalition of like-minded individual members, who are free to run their own affairs with zero political interference. This allows each individual to follow the path that is best suited to their specific needs, yet our members are in regular communication with others who are willing to freely share their ideas and experiences in a non-hostile, non-competitive atmosphere, where they don't fear to express their opinions and understanding of their studies with other coaches. We are a society run by the will of the membership through an elected Yudansha Committee of Senior Dan Grade members and a Director of Coaching. The open door policy of the consortium model was a concept that was the societies aim at the foundation of the S.K.U in 1985, and it seems to have worked very well thus far as we celebrated our 30th year anniversary in 2015.

The Shotokan Karate Union is truly committed to the constant improvement of standards and therefore, we offer subsidised funding in various forms of sponsorship to qualifying members, who are committed and enthusiastic Karate-ka who would like to extend their Traditional Karate-do studies. While sponsorship and subsidises are predominantly offered to overseas SKU Members for SKU Study Projects, The SKU will in exceptional circumstances offer partial sponsorship for other forms of related Shotokan study activities to members who have a realistic, achievable and approved learning plan.

Joining the SKU as an Individual Associate Member

The SKU accepts NEW Individual Associate Members who are

1: Enthusiastic ungraded novices who wish to study the SKU system of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do.

2: Experienced Individuals of Kyu or Dan grade, who are currently or have been members previously of another Shotokan Karate-do group, who wish to study the SKU system of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do.

3: Individuals of Kyu or Dan grade, who are currently or have been members previously of a recognised non Shotokan Karate-do Traditional Karate-do style group i.e (a recognise Traditional Karate-do style other than that of the Shotokan style) as long as the applicant intends to primarily study the SKU system of Traditional Shotokan Karate-do.

We have a non political, non judgmental approach to Duel Affiliation which allows you to benefit from your SKU membership with the guarantee of total anonymity, thus removing the need for you having to resign from your current group.

1: Download an SKU Individual Associate Membership Form

2: Fully fill in the form in using Black Ink and BOLD CAPITALS

3: Return the form to the Membership Office via Email

4: Include a passport size photo & any appropriate supporting documentation

5: Pay your SKU Individual Associate Membership Fee online

6: Allow 7 working days for delivery of your SKU Individual Associate Membership ID Card



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Disclaimer

The author and publishers of these pages The Shotokan Karate Union will not be held responsible in part or whole in any way whatsoever for any injury, damage, or loss of any nature, that may occur as a result either directly or otherwise of reading and or following the instructions and or recommendations given herein. It is essential therefore that before any attempt be made at any of the activities described and or depicted in this or any of our publications. The reader or readers or viewers must consult with a qualified medical physician to ascertain whether or not the reader, readers, viewer of any of our publications should engage themselves in the activities described or depicted in this or any of our publications. As the activities described in these pages and all our other publications are both physically and mentally demanding and may over tax or be too sophisticated for the reader readers viewers, that is why therefore it is essential that the advice of a qualified medical physician be sought prior to any attempt at practice and their advice be adhered to thereafter. We also recommend that you practice under the strict supervision of a qualified and licenced SKU instructor.