As stated elsewhere in this website Saiko Shihan Shinkin (Makoto) Gima studied under the great masters Ankō Itosu and Yabū Kentsū whilst he living in Okinawa (previous to his collaboration with another great master Gichin Funakoshi).
Eiichi Eriguchi stated: “Master Gima was one of the first to receive the essence of Okinawa Shuri-Te Karate as it was spread to the mainland (of Japan). At the same time, M. Gima was a leader of the three valuable principles of physical, intellectual and moral education found in one system (karate). He introduced these principles to members of all karate societies.“
We believe in these three principles and aspire to teach a Karate-Do that addresses the physical, intellectual and moral education necessary to create a harmonious lifestyle and society.
Gima-Ha Karate-Do United Kingdom training is strict following the ‘old ways’ but incorporates modern teaching methodology in order to make it safe and beneficial for persons of all ages and walks of life.
Gima-Ha Shõtōkan-Ryu United Kingdom and the branches of our dojos the Shisei-Kai teach a style of Karate-Do that is “composed of the Japan Karate Association and Okinawa Karate-do Association, it is a system of instruction based on Bushido, where training is hard. Health, physical education, and competition are included in the aims of our leadership. Yet it is important to remember that our karate is primarily a means of self-defence, something with practical application. For this reason, fundamental techniques are given great weight, focusing on basic postures from which a single lethal punch or kick could be delivered.
Further, Shōtōkan karate is marked by the weaving together of basic techniques and fundamental movements, kata and kumite. Each is an indispensable element. Dynamic karate is not just pretty to the eye, and the true disciple can train at any length of time”.
Gima-Ha Shõtōkan-Ryu United Kingdom and the Shisei-Kai “aims for conscientious and careful instruction for everyone, young and old, women and men, through carefully selected leadership”