About Lancaster Kofukan Karate Club

Lancaster and Morecambe Kofukan Karate Club also known as "LMKKC" was created in 2007. We train in Lancaster, Morecambe and Milnthorpe. We practice Kofukan Shito-Ruy Karate-do style (one of the most widely known Karate styles in the world) under the instruction of Denis Koltsov - 5th dan Black Belt Kofukan. Since 2007 our club went from strength to strength in numbers and quality of training members.

Lancaster Kofukan Karate club often participates in competitions for kids and adults. The latest medals were won at Welbeck and Kofukan Nationals (England). The club fielded kumite teams and kata individual entries for WKF tournaments. If you are interested in joining our team then come and train with us (subject to membership and license requirements). We are one of the few clubs that prepares WKF fighters and kata competitors in the area.

While making the training rigorous and tough technically and physically we also make sure that it is fun. This is particularly important for kids that love karate-related games and competitive exercises. These games teach them indirectly to have the right posture, balance, flexibility and correct attitude and etiquette.

We train in 4 different venues: Skerton, LMC, Morecambe and Milnthorpe. Our training facilities are of the highest standard with surfaces ranging from wooden spring floor to fully matted WKF-compatible area. Skerton Community Centre is equipped with 2.5cm jig-saw mats that are known to be the safest and most versatile for karate and other martial arts training.

About Karate

Karate or karate-do is a martial art developed from indigenous fighting methods from the Ryukyu Islands, Chinese kempo, and classical Japanese martial arts. It is known primarily as a striking art, featuring punching, kicking, knee/elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques, but grappling, joint manipulations, locks, restraints/traps, throws, and vital point striking also appear. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
Our aim as instructors at LMKKC is to pass on all the technical knowledge, train you physically and spark that fighting fire in you that you can carry into any part of your life with you. We train in a traditional setting, but we also prepare for competitions. We are part of the English Karate Federation (EKF) that is affiliated to World Karate Federation (WKF). We follow WKF rules, which are the most widely used in the competition circuit around the world.

Modern karate training is commonly divided into kihon (basics or fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). Another popular division is between art, sport, and self-defence training. Weapons (kobudo) comprise another important training area, as well as the psychological elements incorporated into a proper kokoro (attitude) such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills. Karateka are encouraged to issue a loud kiai or "spirit shout" when executing techniques.

About Shito-ryu style of Karate

Shito-ryu is a combination style, which attempts to unite the diverse roots of karate. On one hand, Shito-ryu has the physical strength and long powerful stances of Shuri-te derived styles, such as Shorin Ryu and Shotokan, on the other hand Shito-ryu has circular and eight-directional movements, breathing power, hard and soft characteristics of Naha-te and Tomari-te styles, such as Goju-ryu. Shito-ryu is extremely fast, but still can be artistic and powerful.

Master Kenwa Mabuni (1868-1957) was the founder of Shito-ryu. Master Kenwa Mabuni was taught by the two great masters of recent years Master Y. Itosu (1830-1915) of Shuri-te and by Master K. Higaonna (1852-1915) of Naha-te. Master Kenwa Mabuni also studied under Master Aragaki and Master Matsumura. Master Kenwa Mabuni named his Shito-ryu by combining the first two characters of the names of Master Itosu and Master Higaonna. In 1929 Master Kenwa Mabuni went from Okinawa to Osaka in Japan.

About Kofukan

In 1970 Master Tani asked a few Doshisha University students to assist in the development of Tani-ha Shito-ryu abroad and go to America to assist Sensei Kimura or to Europe to assist Sensei Suzuki. Out of the three who said yes, two finally made the journey from Tokyo to Paris in March 1972. These were Naoki Omi and Keiji Tomiyama, now Joint Chief Instructors of Tani-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do Kofukan International. That is the karate association which has now spread around the world. IN 1973 Sensei Suzuki moved to work at his company's Brussels office, taking Keiji Tomiyama with him to teach in Belgium. In the spring 1974 a large "Central Dojo" was opened in Brussels and members of S.W.K.U. (England) attended for two week-long seminars. After this, Mr. Hayashi was sent to England to teach where he stayed for about a year. In 1980 Sensei Suzuki finally went back to Japan that year, called by his company, thus Senseis Omi and Tomiyama became the leaders of the organization. Some other Japanese instructors had also by this time left the organization, leaving just three resident in Europe, including Hiroshi Okubo. At the beginning of the 80s there were many groups called themselves "Shukokai", especially in Britain. The majority of these groups were break-aways from Sensei Kimura's organization. This situation made the impact of our organization weaker, being one of many "Shukokai" groups. After many discussions between Sensei Suzuki and Sensei Tomiyama it was decided to call our organization "Kofukan", the name of Sensei Suzuki's Dojo, instead of "Shukokai World Karate Union Europe". For more information on Kofukan history follow this link.

Self Defense

Self-defence training is intricately linked with karate progress of every student. Karate blocks, kicks and strikes are designed for the best use of our body. This allows a smaller fighter defeat a much heavier opponent. Grappling, throws and sweeps are taught throughout our lessons while we train on matted floor.

Anti Bullying campaign

A lot of people ask us for help in relation to bullying. Some have a direct question of how to defend themselves in school or where they live and some just want the confidence to be able to stand up for themselves. Karate gives all these answers. Sensei Koltsov has already conducted focussed self-defence classes for young women. Denis teaches the conflict avoidance and conflict resolution techniques.

Kofukan Associations

Kofukan International
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Kofukan Scotland Group on FaceBook
Kofukan Norway
Kofukan France
Kofukan Russia
Kofukan Denmark
Kofukan Portugal
Kofukan India Group on FaceBook
Kofukan Bulgaria Group on FaceBook
Kofukan Canada
Kofukan South Africa
Kofukan Swizerland
Kofukan Sweden
Kofukan Slovenia
Kofukan Ukraine
Kofukan Argentina
Kofukan Australia
Kofukan Belarus

Useful Links

Kofukan History
Dojo Etiquette
Some Kofukan Kata