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Shitoryu karate is a traditional form of karate originating in Okinawa. Classes are suitable for both children and adults of all levels from beginner to black belt.

The karate club is part of the Shukokai Shitoryu Union, headed by Soke Grand Master Haruyoshi Yamada 9th Dan. All classes are taught by Sensei George Politis who is graded 5th dan, the highest grade in Wales within the Shukokai Shitoryu Union. Sensei George has been studying karate for 38 years, and begun his training with Sensei Kimura. He currently represents Wales in Shukokai Shitoryu Union world committees, and regularly attends courses all over the world.

  •  Classes
    • Classes are held at The Greek Taverna Gym each Tuesday and Thursday evening between 7 and 9.30pm: child classes between 7 and 8pm, followed by adults between 8 and 9.30pm. Parents are welcome to train between 7 and 8 with their children.
  •  History of Shitoryu karate
    • Shito-ryu is one of several traditional karate systems that include Shotokan, Goju-ryu, Wado-ryu, Shorin-ryu, Kyokushin, Isshinryu, and Shito-ryu.

      Shito-Ryu was founded by Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952), a member of Okinawa’s bushi class. At the age of 13 Mabuni started training under Anko Itosu (1830-1915), who himself was a student of one of Okinawa's most famous karate masters, Sokon Matsumura (1792-1887), the forefather of Shorin-ryu.

      Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-ryu karate introduced Mabuni to Kanryo Higashionna. Mabuni learned Naha-te, a Chinese-influenced karate style. Mabuni also trained with other influential karate pioneers such as Arakaki Kamadeunchu, as well as learning the basics of White Crane Kung Fu from a Chinese tea merchant.

      Mabuni first called his style of karate, hanko-ryu, “half-hard style”, but later changed it to shito-ryu, derived form the names of his former teachers, Itosu and Higashionna.

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Sensei George Politis

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