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  • #97

    Ken Usman-Smith (Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:13)

    Hi Jim, Eric is of course now in Missourri I think and Tommy is still running RISING SUN based in Radcliffe. I did not know Jeff had also gone to the USA. I have not done much training over the last few decades so lost touch. I have Erics email though as we chatted a year or two back. I will pose him the question 'Wheres Jeff'.
    As I am 'over 60' I am thinking of returning to a kata based regime so if I hear wher he went I will post on here. I have fond memories of Kimura, Tani and of course Roy, Eddie, Peter C and so many others. The bruises are still faintly seen on my shins and forearms from Lilleshall, as like the memories they have not faded away. I was an Ardwick student under Roy when we were upstairs from Terry O'Neil and were Wado before Sensei Kimura Tani and Ikazaki transformed what we were doing. Then years and years teaching made me the man I am today! And I recal Terry P and Eric D Broughton and Birmingham vividly. Ah the memories.

  • #96

    Impianto fotovoltaico (Monday, 13 April 2015 13:24)

    Hi, nice website ;-)

  • #95

    JIMKELLY@PTD.NET (Saturday, 28 February 2015)


  • #94

    john casey (Wednesday, 03 December 2014 20:03)

    I am interested to find information on instructor in the north Manchester area

  • #93

    noname (Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:33)

    id like to say a massive thank you to the skf and all that it gave me as a young person growing up in the 80s/90s under Mr Whyte and Mr Miller. advice and training which continues to help me now and i imagine for always and i will also add that at no point was i financially obligated and infact recently attended a class with my daughter to find out the same high standard of training was on offer for the same modest of fees. thanks skf

  • #92

    Mohammed Ali (Monday, 15 September 2014 01:21)

    Hi there
    Just like to say what a wonderful squad training session that took place today.AMAZING. Thanks to all the sensies that were there today and hope to see you all there again
    Best regards Mohammed Ali.

  • #91

    Simon McGovern Stoke (Monday, 20 January 2014 16:46)

    I am in the process of researching and writing a book. I am looking for old photos from training with Mike Lainton during the 80s. If anyone can help it would be appreciated. With thanks.

  • #90

    Bouhedli (Monday, 25 November 2013 20:54)

    it's good website thanks

  • #89

    DAVE HIPKISS (Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:19)

    Just wanted to see if there was any old photos from the 70's that I am in was in the GB squad with eddie and clem. I trained in the dojo in digbeth.


  • #88

    ben yates (Friday, 28 June 2013 15:41)

    sorry for the late message but I just want to say a big well done to the skf squad on the results in finland well done again :)

  • #87

    Simon Claydon (Sunday, 23 June 2013 18:35)

    Does anyone have a video of the 1987 World Championships held in Birmingham, that I could obtain a cop of please?

  • #86

    Ben Walster (Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:26)

    What a fantastic weekend course, I would just like to pass on my thanks to Shihan Daniels the course was exellent yet again. My son particularly enjoyed learning the gearing concepts and doing the basics and although basics is not his favourite part I think he understands more now that without them other parts of his karate would not improve. Again thanks for a great weekend course and a fantastic party and meal. It was terrific to see teh course so well attended and fab to catch up with everyone.

  • #85

    Craig (Sunday, 28 October 2012 04:44)

    It was great to look at the Memory lane pictures- seeing pics of my late great instructor Livy Whyte. Good Times. He guided me to win 3 or 4 national championships in early 90s. and a second place EKGB in 1992. tempted to start up again but touching 40 now lol.

  • #84

    Trudi Warren (Friday, 07 September 2012 23:33)

    What an interesting site!

  • #83

    John Preece (Monday, 16 July 2012 10:19)

    Just wanted to congratulate the SKF Shukokai World Championship Team on an amazing performance. 15 medals from 15 competitors is a fantastic achievement. Jack is in awe of you all. Well done, you have done everybody proud including yourselves. All the best John, Kelly, Jack and Jess x

  • #82

    Tsunami (Friday, 06 July 2012 10:29)

    Good Luck to Sensei Daniels and the England squad in Atlantic City next week from everyone at Tsunami karate club

  • #81

    Emily Powell (Sunday, 01 July 2012 22:02)

    Good Luck To Everyone On The Great British Squad Who Will Be Competing Next Week In The World Chapionships (USA) :)

  • #80

    Andy Dixon (Friday, 22 June 2012 22:52)

    To Clem, I hope you are well sir. I was your student for over 10 years training out of St Peters school, unfortunately had a knee injury which made me leave your class. Are you still teaching in the Birmingham area as would love to start back up.

    Hopefully will be in touch soon.

    Andy Dixon

  • #79

    CHRIS ENSIL (Monday, 23 April 2012 23:46)

    It was good spending time training and socialising with all the KSI karateka in Potsdam Germany. Can't wait for USA, JULY, 2012. Training with the four shihans (WCI's) was awesome once again. Good luck to all who will be competing in Atlatic City IN THREE MONTHS TIME.

    Chris Ensil.

  • #78

    Richard Baker (Wednesday, 18 April 2012 06:25)

    I was a student (not a very good one) of Shihan Daniels around 1978-81, on and off (work kept sending me away). My wife worked the bar at the club while I trained. Happy days and a fantastic instructor and its been a pleasure to look through the photo's and see some old faces.

    All the very best for the future Eddie.

  • #77

    Chris Simpson (Monday, 16 April 2012 22:51)

    I would just like to say that the 2012 SKF National Championships held on Saturday 14th April 2012 was to me outstanding. There was so much talent on show and everyone competed with great spirit, either in victory or defeat. It was a magnificent reflection of the Kimura Shukokai Federation to see so much camaraderie and respect amongst team members from all clubs; long may it continue. Thank you to everyone who competed, organised and supported the event.

  • #76

    Adam Johnson (Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:37)

    Dear all,
    This is just a quick note to say thanks to every one for being so welcoming during my two-week visit from the Zurich, it was great to meet so many friendly people, and I feel like I did learn a fair amount while I was over in the UK and I hope very much to see you all again when I come out in the summer. I hope you all enjoyed your tournament today!

  • #75

    Katie Simpson (Friday, 23 March 2012 12:51)

    Good Luck to all SKF Competitors in the 2012 SKF National Championships on Saturday 14th April 2012.

  • #74

    CHRIS ENSIL (Saturday, 07 January 2012 03:44)


  • #73

    Clem braithwaite (Friday, 09 December 2011 18:32)

    Mike well said of what you think of Paul A and Ant A
    I also agree that these people are not karate minded
    showing no respect to anyone.
    I have being training now for 36 years and never come
    across this kind of behavior from a so called former
    student.Shihan Daniels ex students would have never
    shown the disrespect like these people and i am talking
    about students that had a lot more about them,you would
    not last 5 mins that why you hide behind paper.
    The SKF has good students and Instructors who care and
    have the correct attitude and there no room for people
    like you,i can not bring myself to call you karate
    students your not,so Paul A and Ant A who ever you are
    quit karate you do not belong in the karate world of
    martial artist, scroll down the guess page a lot people
    do not think like you and one thing do not use are guess
    book to put your rubbish on.

    Clem B.

  • #72

    Mike Baker (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:16)

    (Continued from comment #69)

    I would also like to take a moment to highlight some of the other benefits I have received during my time here, things you can’t put a price on.

    Over recent years, I had become what you would call a couch potato. Most days I felt sluggish, unable to do anything, quite content with sitting around playing video games and watching TV. However, with the high standard of karate that is being taught in the SKF, with the guidance and experience of the clubs instructors, I am starting to feel fitness levels again I have not seen since I was running the 1500m at school! This has had obvious benefits to my health, I have a lot more energy throughout the day now and generally just feel better all round.

    Finally, and perhaps the most special and enduring thing to me about the SKF, is the people that I have met. When you start anything new, it can be quite daunting and nervous, not here though. Everyone, all the instructors, students, parents were quick to make me feel very welcome. They have quickly become like a second family to me who I would do anything to protect, such is the reason for this comment. There is plenty of opportunity to socialise with each other after the lesson at the headquarters so it doesn’t stop at training. There is a wonderful atmosphere at the club and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

    Having trained with several other federations and styles of karate before I joined the SKF, I could never dream of going anywhere else now.

    When I think about the future of the SKF, together with the people I am surrounded with, I get excited at the opportunities and memories that lay ahead.

    Who knows what the future holds, whatever happens, all I know is that I would not want to share this journey with anyone else, but Shihan Daniels and the Shukokai Karate Federation.

  • #71

    Mike Baker (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:15)

    As current student of the SKF, I find the recent comments by Paul A and Ant A completely misguided and downright disrespectful toward this federation.

    Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity and thank Shihan E Daniels and the SKF for everything they have done for me in my relatively short time with them.

    I have only been training for around 15 months, but I can honestly say looking at myself now, compared to when I started, that I am a better person for having joined the SKF.

    For any person looking to start karate it can be a tough choice and not one you should take lightly. I know, however, I have made the right choice in joining the SKF. There are hundreds of karate clubs to choose from these days, the majority of which will not show their true intentions when you start, which brings me on to Ant A’s comments.

    He does raise an important point. Unfortunately, many of these clubs are only interested in taking money from the student. I can assure anyone reading this comment, however, that the SKF certainly does not fall into this bracket, and let me give you one example why.

    This summer, I competed in my first KSI European Championship, of which the majority WAS funded by the SKF. I had a wonderful time where I was able to meet karate students from all over Europe, one of whom has already become a very good friend. I would not have met people like this had I not been given this opportunity and support by the SKF. I am also on the verge of realising one of my own personal ambitions of competing at a World Championships next year. These friendships and memories are going to last me forever and when I look back and reflect on my life, 30/40 years down the line, I can tell my family that I did something with my time. The one thing I know for certain is that without the SKF, none of this would be possible and for that, I cannot say thank you enough.

    Throughout my 15 months here, I have always had opportunities given to me that I am extremely grateful for, including discounts of courses. Without this support, I could not continue to enjoy the active lifestyle I have within the SKF, so all this talk about the SKF not investing in the student is absolute nonsense. The comments made by Paul A are slanderous, inaccurate and wholly inappropriate.

    As a former student, you should be grateful that you had the opportunity to train under Shihan Daniels and learn from him. The idea that you have this great understanding of what Master Kimura stood for is laughable. There is no one else in the world today, let alone this country that had a closer relationship with Master Kimura than Shihan Daniels did. Sure, you may have been graded by him once or twice, maybe you might have the odd photo together, but that does not allow you, to tell us, that we have lost sight of what he stood for. Perhaps you can enlighten me though, as you clearly have all this knowledge, just what did Master Kimura stand for?

    I could ask Shihan Daniels the same question, but there would not be enough hours in the day for him to answer me with the knowledge and stories that he has to pass on. Such is the history and tradition in the SKF and KSI, all of which the roots can be traced back to as early as the 60s. I would encourage anyone reading this comment though not to take my word for it, just visit the head quarters in Blackheath and the lineage is there for all to see.

    There is an Aladdin’s cave of trophies and medals won throughout the years, by various students within the SKF at national and international level. The dojo is decorated with plenty of photos of Master Kimura and Shihan Daniels together, which will give you a glimpse into the history, but it doesn’t stop there.

    One of my favourite things to do, is to sit at the bar with Shihan Daniels after the lesson and listen to him tell countless stories about Master Kimura, which I could not get from anyone else. It is incredibly important, and fascinating, learning about where the style of Kimura Shukokai came from. It is also nice to hear about what Master Kimura was like outside of karate.

    It would be wrong for me assume, Paul A, that you don’t have any stories yourself, after all, I don’t know who you are…for all I know you are hiding behind a keyboard using someone else’s name. So I want to give you a fair chance. I challenge you to identify yourself and share with me anything you know about Master Kimura and Kimura Shukokai. I am always interested and eager to learn about the history of our style, and since you profess to have all this knowledge, now is your chance to share it with me…

  • #70

    Paul Acton (Sunday, 04 December 2011 20:14)

    To avoid any misunderstandings, regarding your recent posts, I would like to state that it was not myself or any of our students that placed these inappropriate messages. We cannot be held responsible for any anonymous messages but felt we needed to respond so as students do not interpret them incorrectly. Having supported SKF for many years our decision to leave was not based on any financial basis. We would like to thank Shihan Daniels and all the members of SKF for the time we spent together and wish you every success in the future.
    Paul Acton

  • #69

    Shihan E Daniels (Sunday, 04 December 2011 18:17)

    Who is Ant A? and who is Paul A?

    I do not intend to delete comments, but i would like to know who has placed these comments?

    Empty vessels make the loudest noise!

  • #68

    Ant A (Saturday, 03 December 2011 08:15)

    Very well said Mr A. too many associations these days just focus on the cash with no tradition to their karate!

  • #67

    Paul A (Saturday, 03 December 2011 01:20)

    How does it feel to be ripping students off with the amount you guys charge for licences, courses etc etc??? Its like youve lost the meaning of karate-do and what Sensei Kimura stood for!!! But at least your chief instructors are living a rich lifestyle hey???? Anyway Im sure this post will be deleted within 24hrs so I won't waste any mire typing time, just thought it needed to be said how the SKF is 100% money driven with no investment to the student!!!

    Many thanks
    An ex student who's has subsidized the skf for many years!!!!

  • #66

    Manish Kumar (Thursday, 20 October 2011 13:16)

    Hi I use to do sanshinksn karate over twenty years ago and got up to brown and white belt, black being next. I feel that I would like to get back into karate, but start a fresh start. learn mma kaarte delhi

  • #65

    Karen Avery (Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:15)

    Well done to all at the Kimura Cup 1st October 2011, great day, great atmosphere and well done Blackheath we pulled it out the bag and a special well done to my girls Emma and Millie.

  • #64

    Matthew Houston (Sunday, 11 September 2011 17:00)

    Hi I use to do shototkan karate over twenty years ago and got up to brown and white belt, black being next. I feel that I would like to get back into karate, but start a fresh start. Shukokai karate seems a good way to start.Who knows?

  • #63

    Karen Avery (Saturday, 27 August 2011 11:30)

    Well done to everyone who graded 26th August 2011, we had a great night after with Sensei Eddie Daniels telling his life history of how he became interested in karate and how he had progressed to were he is now - very interesting and enjoyable

  • #62

    Chris Plant (Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:31)

    Great training last night realy enjoyed it

  • #61

    Gemma Bramwell (Monday, 18 July 2011 16:29)

    Just a short message to say Congratulations to all of the GB squad at the European championships. Hope you are all well.

    Gemma and Teresa

  • #60

    Emily Powell (Monday, 11 July 2011 12:15)

    What A Great European Championships Well Done To All The Team :)

  • #59

    Gustav Törnquist (Saturday, 09 July 2011 13:37)

    hoppas det går bra för alla i botkyrka shukokai lycka till


  • #58

    Chris and Josh Plant (Thursday, 07 July 2011 10:09)

    Good Luck to all the GB squad Competing in the Europeans Today and Tomorrow, Go GB Gold all the way :)

  • #57

    Emily Powell (Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:18)

    Good Luck To The GB Squad Competing In The European Championships Next Week :)

  • #56

    John L (Sunday, 29 May 2011 23:13)

    I had the distict privelage of being trained under Livi White and Geoff Miller....Great times.

  • #55

    carl brady (Monday, 02 May 2011 22:55)

    I,m looking for a copy of the 1987 SKF World Championships Birmingham. (vhs)
    I was a member of the SKF Wales kata team.
    I would be grateful if anybody can help.
    Just had a look at SKF Memory Lane brings back some wonderful memories. Found some photos of myself and my sensei david roberts.
    Many Thanx Carl

  • #54

    soke seyed mohammad safivand (Monday, 25 April 2011 07:21)


  • #53

    j hodges -Hereford (Saturday, 26 March 2011 16:01)

    Just found this site what a blast looking at the old picks. Clem still looking far to young and George, used to love seeing him spar !!good times.

  • #52

    Katie Simpson (Saturday, 19 March 2011 19:26)

    really enjoyed watching the photos in the memory lane section of the website. It showed me an insight into Kimura Shukokai before I began training in 1996. I like looking back at the history of Kimura Shukokai and I am very proud to be a part of it today.

  • #51

    Kieran (Sunday, 06 March 2011 23:24)

    Just Browsing Shukokai karate and found my old sensei Eddie daniels. I trained at the Digbeth Dojo around 1986 age eleven for a couple of years and wanted to say thanks for the instruction you gave me back then. I loved my time learning Shukokai at the Dibeth club. Although my martial arts path has taken me a different direction now, I am always proud to say where my martial arts journey began. Good luck for the future Kieran.

  • #50

    Dennis Boshoff (Tuesday, 08 February 2011 17:06)

    Hi, I had the honor of training under Sensei Lionel Marinus in South Africa. I have recently relocated to Plymouth and was wondering if there were any local dojos? I have searched on most search sites and engines but come up empty handed if you will excuse the pun!?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated as I was on my way to my second Dan and would like to keep going. My e-mail address is if you have any suggestions.
    Thanks and great website!!

  • #49

    Sensei M.R.Raza (Wednesday, 26 January 2011 10:45)

    My name is Sensei M.R.Raza I am very much interest inSHUKOKAI Karate Federation and I am willing to JOIN PLEASE guide me and send me free information catalog about my address is:-
    Kobudo Young Master Sensei M.R.Raza Allama Iqbal International Airport CAA LEVEL-4 Lahore Punjab Pakistan.
    Thanks advance
    your,s truly,
    Sensei M.R,Raza

  • #48

    hanon-online (Sunday, 21 November 2010 07:48)

    Good luck guys and good job for this promising website. I like it.