The ‘Takanabe Karate Doukoukai’ was established in Miyazaki, Japan by a group of people with a passion for studying Shotokan Karate. The group concentrated on the development of technical skills through training seminars, demonstrations and participation in competitions, etc.
The name ‘Takanabe Karate Doukoukai’ was changed to ‘Takanabe Shotokan’ with the aim of actively promoting Shotokan as a group, while continuing to disseminate Karate-Do within the local area.
As one of ‘Takanabe Karate Doukoukai’s’ original and diligent members, Kenichi Fukamizu became the President of ‘Takanabe Shotokan’. In the same year, he also became the local Area Manager of the Japan Karate Association (JKA).
Over the following years, the JKA split into two separate factions. Kenichi Fukamizu was a member of a group which followed the ‘Japan Karate Federation’ (JKF). The group dedicated themselves to seeking the Shotokan way within the JKF organization.
Kenichi Fukamizu visited Western Australia for an international Karate exchange event and met Carl Marriott, a most reliable and trustworthy karateka. From that point a great friendship was forged which has continued to the present day. Owing to this, Fukamizu was able to make many new friendships with Karateka in other Australian states through various seminars and events.
The first ‘International Goodwill Karate-Do Competition’ between Australia and Japan was held in Takanabe. It since developed into an annual international exchange and home-stay programme, with Australian and Japanese team members taking turns to visit each others’ countries every alternate year.
In the same year, Fukamizu attended the Shotokan World Championships, held in California, as the International Coach of the Australian kata team.
Fukamizu visited Holland, as Coach of an international training seminar which brought together karateka from eight different countries.
‘Universal Shotokan Karate’ (USK) was founded as an alliance between Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It was established as an organization of gentleman who, aside from being highly-skilled karateka, also had a deep connection and interest in promoting international exchange through their Karate lives and helping create new karateka who may further contribute to international society.
A new seminar was held in Malaysia where the Malaysian host group agreed with the concepts and aims of USK and were subsequently approved as a new USK member country.
USK became ‘Universal Shotokan Karate Union’ (USKU) and the official ‘International Constitution’ was formerly drawn up and enacted.
Two new seminar meetings were held by USKU Chief Instructors in the Philippines and India.
The inaugural ‘USKU International Meeting and Competition’ was held in Ipoh, Malaysia. It included a conference of Chief Representatives (Special Committee) from each member country who formally consented to groups from the Philippines and India joining USKU, thus making it an organization of six countries.
The USKU International Committee held a conference in Baguio City, in the Philippines, bringing together all six member countries.
From now USKU has several aims: To form a judging committee for licenses, for each country to accomplish their yearly events schedule, to accept new member countries and affiliations, and to produce this textbook of Shotokan Karate-Do. Through these activities it is hoped that the development of USKU as an international Karate organization of gentleman will continue to grow all over the World.