Openshaw Club History

Openshaw Shukokai Karate Club (OSKC) History

It started like this…

The club was formed in March 2013 and at that time was called East Manchester Karate Academy. We were initially part of the Cobra Kai Association who treated myself and the club very well, Cobra Kai is headed by Sensei Andy Morrell who himself was a former Shukokai practitioner with the SKU.

In Feb/March 2014 I decided that I and the club needed to get back to a full bodied Karate Association, although Cobra Kai and Andy were great, they were more of an umbrella Association and I was lacking direction and missing out on being taught true karate, leading me to feel stagnant and not maintaining the high standards I had set myself.

I was fortunate enough to come across the SSU UK and Sensei Casey 8th Dan on the internet. I emailed Sensei Casey asking if I could meet him and discuss the prospect of joining the SSU, he replied positively and subsequently we met face to face over a coffee and talked about my club and the SSU and my reasons for wanting to join. I came away from the meeting feeling reinvigorated and with a new found sense of purpose.

On the next club night I asked all parents and students (there were only about 10 students at that time) to attend to discuss the future of the club and what I would like to do. I gave everyone the option to either remain with myself or if that wasn’t for them then I promised to find them all a new club with a reputable instructor. Fortunately, all agreed and could see the reason behind my decision.

Joining the SSU meant that I and the students at the time had to readjust/relearn most of our techniques and also learn a whole new syllabus, but it was good to have the new direction and a Chief Instructor. I train every Thursday with Sensei Casey and also have to attend Open Courses and Senior Dan grade courses. He still amazes me with his depth of knowledge of all things Karate and his techniques, I feel very fortunate to be taught by him and also the other senior Dan Grades such as Sensei Grainger 7th Dan … Both Sensei Casey and Sensei Grainger had to travel to Japan to take their Dan grades (none of their grades have been awarded, they have had to be earned doing an actual grading in front of the Head of SSU Worldwide and other senior Japanese Instructors)

Since joining the SSU we as a club have reaped the benefits by gaining more students.. both new starters and some from other Associations and their feedback¬† has been extremely positive about the way I teach and what we do as a club. The club now regularly attend competitions and are getting some great results which is extremely pleasing as we are facing “Squads” (best of the best from other Associations) whilst we are just a club with a smaller pool of students, We have a great team and family spirit within the club which makes me extremely proud.

 

Steve Buckley

 

 

 

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