Kimura shukokai International south africa north

About us

Sensei Shigeru Kimura began training with Sensei Tani in 1957 at age sixteen He had already practised judo and kendo. His progress was extraordinary and after training for only 5 years, he won the All JapanChampionships and in the same year he became World Shukokai Champion.

In 1964 he again won the All Japan title and then withdrew from competition.


Recalling his early training in Kobe, Sensei Kimura emphasised that even at this stage he would always check the power behind every technique. He was not enthusiastic about makiwara (striking posts) but preferred to have a training partner hold a rolled up gi (and in later years a punching pad) which he would punch or kick. This enabled him to get `live' feedback on the impact of every technique, and to experiment with each technique and get an immediate response as to whether it was strong or not. "Makiwara can't tell me anything I want to know, so that is why I hit other people" (with protection of course!)


In 1965, without any knowledge of English, Sensei Kimura left Japan for Africa where he taught in Zimbabwe, Mocambique and South Africa. South Africa was the first country outside of Japan where he was to spend much time and his influence on karate in South Africa was considerable.

Presently two of the four world Chief Instructors for KSI are based in South Africa.


 Shihan Lionel Marinus is one of the four World Chief Instructors withShihans Bill Bressaw of the USA, Eddie Daniels of England, and ChrisThompson also of South Africa. South Africa has the unique situation of having individual Country status for the Southern Region and Northern Region, with Shihan Lionel as the Chief Instructor for the South Africa Northern Region, and Shihan Chris Thompson the Chief Instructor for the South Africa Southern Region. Shihan Lionel started his career in Karate during 1965, and received the grade of Shodan in 1967. During 1969 he received Natal colours and participated in the SA Games placing second, and thus being selected for the South African Springbok team to compete against Britain. During October of 1969 Shihan Lionel captained the South African Shukokai Team at the World Championships in Paris. South Africa placed second losing to Japan. Shihan Lionel placed second in the individuals losing to Imaizumi a 4th Dan from Japan. During 1970 he won the Natal Championships, and was chosen to represent South Africa against Italy in Savona. In the 1971 SA Games he captained the Natal team which placed second losing to Southern Transvaal. 1972 saw Shihan Lionel again being chosen to represent South Africa at the World Championships in Paris. He left for New York in 1973 for a year's intensive study with Sensei Kimura, returning at the end of the year to run the Shukokai Headquarters o the corner of Commissioner & End streets, Johannesburg. During 1974 he was graded to 4th Dan by Sensei Kimura, as well as being appointed as Chief Instructor for Shukokai South Africa. Shihan Lionel graded to 5th Dan during Sensei Kimura¹s visit in 1979. Shihan Lionel left for the UK to study as a Chiropractor in 1980 and returned in 1984. During that time he returned to South Africa every year to perform courses and gradings.Shihan Lionel received South African National Springbok colours during 1969, 1970 & 1972. 1986 saw Shihan Lionel Coach the South African National Team against the USA. Early in 1987 Shihan Lionel was graded to 6th Dan and then 7th Dan during 1996. 8th Dan status was awarded during 2006 and 9th Dan was awarded in 2016 in Berlin. Shihan Lionel currently instructs regularly in Southern Africa as well as in Australia and Europe. 

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World Chief Instructors

Mission Statement

KSI Karate is a key form of Martial Arts, which is a specialized area of a bigger "fitness" industry. With KSI Karate as our core service offering, we will be recofnized locally and globally as providing a service to our students (adults and children alike that encompasses self-defence; fitness, physical and mental strength; coordination; self-discipline; self-confidence; a healthy spirit of competitiveness; assistance in developing in other sports; a social network of like-minded individuals; and fun.

We will teach the continuously evolving technical aspects of our technique, along with the heritage of KSI Karate. Our senseis will be individuals identified as having the correct level of experience and ability, coupled with opportunity and desire. Our Dojos will offer all the necessaty amenities and associated services for a quality experience for students (and families alike). We will offer support to our Senseis so that they may benefit technically, commercially and financially for their efforts, and we will continueously monitor and assist with quality of each Dojo's service to ensure that it is reflective of our vision. Through this we will build an organisation large enough in scale to be funded for coninuous growth and improvement. Our aim is to be the biggest for of Martial Art or style of Karate, but to offer the best experience.

Persue the sustanable development and growth of KSI as a key form of Martial Arts, imparting discipline, self-confidence, physical conditioning, fun and an understanding of various forms of Martial Arts to its practitioners.

South Africa being a large country, has been accepted as two autonomous countries affiliated to the KSI World Governing body. KSI South Africa North comprises of the following South African Provinces:

Central Gauteng

Northern Gauteng

Southern Gauteng

Eastern Gauteng


Kwa Zulu Natal