Welcome to the BSKA website.

BSKA is proud of the very high standards set by its instructors, most of whom have been members for more than 30 years and started their own pathway at a beginners class.


Beginners are always welcome and will receive the highest standards of tuition by BSKA instructors, who as well as being qualified in karate are also successful professionally and are drawn from all walks of life.



Irrespective of style, the traditional approach to karate followed by BSKA is a discipline that goes far beyond the study of self defence, or its application in competitive sport. It is a culture that carries with it the basis for improving all aspects of our human nature. For the committed practitioner, karate is a pathway to positive growth and well-being.


When we understand that training is more than simply physical we refer to it by its proper name, Karate-do (the way of the empty hand) and the pathway to self-knowledge. The underlying principles of traditional karate can be likened to those of a physical science. As with any science there are basic laws that are integral to its application and the ultimate aim of training is to embed the correct mechanics of movement so deeply that techniques are executed without conscious effort.


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In traditional karate we recognise that to forge the body is also to forge the mind, and the practical and philosophical aim of traditional karate training is to bring the mind and the body together as one. Conditioning body movements to the correct standards of execution requires tremendous physical effort and concentration of will; mastery does not come in a day, a month, or a year.


Karate training demands that we overcome discouragement, discipline emotions in the face of fear, and analyse what it means to commit to a pathway until success is assured. This dedication brings with it a sense of integrity where ethical action and moral certainty naturally evolve within the practitioner.


Karate-do is the pathway of inner development which grows from the study of the science of karate. Students come to this practice for many diverse reasons and many have found deeper meaning than originally sought from physical training.



UKSKO

BSKA is proud to be the Shito-ryu arm of the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation UKSKO).


Seiki-Juku means ‘True Spirit’ and the UKSKO was formed in the early eighties by Sensei Frank Perry (8th Dan, Kyoshi).


It is affiliated to the English Karate Federation , the official governing body for Karate in England, the Sekai Butokukwai in Japan, and The Sports Council Advisory Group for Martial Arts.


BSKA

The foundation of the British Shito-Ryu Karate Association (BSKA) was set up in 1974 by the current Chief Instructor and Chairman, Professor Dr. Roger W. Mills (8th Dan, Kyoshi).


BSKA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the principles and values of traditional Shito-ryu karate, one of the major Japanese styles.


The four major karate styles are distinguished amongst other things by the kata they practice. Shito-Ryu and BSKA preserve most of the original Shurite and Tomarite techniques (fast and straight) as in Shotokan and Wado-Ryu, but also incorporates the circular movements of Nahate, as seen in Goju-Ryu.