Welcome to Tokushinkai Karate Club

Tokushinkai is a Shotokan Karate club based at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

Classes are taught by Sensei Chris Gillies (5th Dan) following the guidance and philosophy of world renowned Japanese Karate Master, Hirokazu Kanazawa Soku (10th Dan). A member of SKKIF and affiliated to the OU Club, the club has a history spanning more than 20 years, beginning in Olney in 1991 before relocating to Milton Keynes and the Open University in 2011.

We welcome students of all ages and abilities from all walks of life, and encourage you to come along and find out for yourself just how rewarding Karate can be.

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SKKIF National Championships 2014

8 June 2014
Sensei Gillies after the SKKIF National Championsips 2014

Sensei Gillies after the SKKIF National Championsips 2014

Another year of hard won medals at the SKKIF National Championships for Sensei Chris Gillies!

Held on Saturday 7 June at Windsor, Tokushinkai’s Sensei Gillies lost only one bout during the entire competition to finish 1st in Men’s Team Kumite (with Oganna Iwunze and Peter Hawdio from Kobukan and Zanshin respectively) and 2nd in Men’s 20yrs+ Dan Grade Kumite!

Congratulations on another successful year from all at Tokushinkai – oss!

SKKIF National Championships 2013

17 June 2013

Sensei Chris Gillies took Silver last week in the SKKIF National Championships!

Held on Saturday 8 June at Kodokai dojo, Sensei Gillies fought through a long day to the finals of the Men’s Dan Grade Kumite (20+ yr / –75kg). Later this month he will enter the SKIF Belgium 25th Anniversary competition with Kancho Kanazawa and Sensei Murakami presiding – Tokushinkai wishes Sensei Gillies all the best of luck!

Godan in Japan!

29 July 2012

In April 2012 Sensei Chris Gillies returned to Japan for a period of 3 weeks to train at Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, and enjoyed many hours of training with Kancho Kanazawa and other honbu dojo instructors.

At the end of his trip, Sensei Gillies was invited to take Godan by Kancho Kanazawa and successfully achieved the grade.

The trip proved once again to be very fulfilling experience!  Now back in the UK, Sensei Gillies has once again resumed teaching at Tokushinkai and classes have resumed on their normal schedule.

No Classes

14 March 2012

Please be aware that whilst Sensei Chris Gillies is in Japan, there will be no training at the Open University on the following dates:

Classes at Open University

19 July 2011

Classes have now commenced at the Open University in Milton Keynes. Whether you’re already training in karate, or interested in trying for the first time, why not pop along a class.

Classes are held every Wednesday from 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

Kancho Kanazawa – May 2011

9 May 2011
Sensei Gillies with Soke Kanazawa and Sensei Suzuki

Sensei Gillies with Soke Kanazawa and Sensei Suzuki

Kancho Kanazawa and Sensei Ryusho Suzuki will be visiting the UK in May 2011 to hold classes exclusively for SKKIF license holders; see below for details for when are where the sessions will be held.

Tue 24th May 2011 Kancho Kanazawa at Kobukan Dojo, Windsor
Tue 24th May 2011, 19:30-21:30 Sensei Suzuki at Kodokai Dojo, Watford
Wed 25th May 2011, 20:00-21:30 Kancho Kanazawa & Sensei Suzuki at Mizu Dojo, SW London

Tokushinkai Relocating

After many years based at Olney, Tokushinkai is now in the process of relocating to nearby Milton Keynes.  Until a new venue is located classes are temporarily suspended – please check back regularly for the latest news and updates on the club and its progress.