The Karate we practice today was brought to its present form during the 17th century when Okinawa was overrun and occupied by the Japanese, and the Okinawan Samurai forbidden to own any weapons. In those desperate years they developed and refined the techniques of Karate until their bodies and hands were as deadly and effective in their defence as the swords that were taken from them. Where and how Karate was taught was a mystery to most Okinawans, for to be introduced to the discipline of Karate was to be marked as one of the most poised and trusted human beings and was an honour as high as any that could be bestowed. In the more settled times that followed, although remaining secret and known only through word of mouth on the island of Okinawa, Karate became a course of exercise valued for its health and character building.
Our school is the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation. Seiki-Juku means ‘True Spirit’. The word Karate itself means ’empty hand’, one incapable of grasping or holding on to pride, prejudice or any other selfish desire. The empty hand is to be offered to others in the service of life itself.
Traditional Karate is at first a means of combat, a means by which the exponent defends himself or his family. However, by a process of repetitious training he also cultivates a morally correct state of mind. The true understanding of Karate-Do may only be understood after one engages in sufficient training.
To have thousands of followers in any school makes it impossible for teachers to give any type of individual attention. Therefore it is the policy of our school to seek controlled expansion and to scrutinise any would be teacher, or student hoping to progress above Kyu grade. This is one major point of difference between our school and most other schools of Karate. I reiterate that the quality of our school comes first and foremost and is therefore preferable to an over-large group.
The Hindhead Club was established in 1990 from a suggestion by one of the Guildford students living in Hindhead. It was a good idea, with the Club now having a large number of registered members including a number of Black Belts. The Club instructor is Sempai Damon Styles who from a previous karate background started at the Hindhead Club as a white belt and is now the Clubs senior instructor.
Sensei F. T. Perry
Sensei F.T. Perry, the Chief Instructor of our style, began his instruction at the age of five under the late Sensei Kaoru Mishiku, a master of traditional Japanese instruction who pioneered martial arts teaching in Britain. Kaoru Mishiku Sensei was Japanese and of true Samurai stock. He came to London from Japan in 1909 and he remained until his death. Around the early 60’s, the first of the Karate Masters from Japan arrived in London, some at the invitation of Kaoru Mishiku Sensei. When they arrived four styles first started Goju Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Uechie Ryu, and Tomari-te-shorin Ryu.
Sensei Perry started training from the age of four. By the age of 14 Sensei Perry held a Black Belt in Judo. He won his first Karate Black Belt at 16, in Sensei Mishiku’s Anglo-Japanese School. At the age of 20, Sensei Perry sought instruction abroad following the death of his teacher and studied under various Japanese Masters. He has fought at National and International level, in contact and non-contact events, and was the first English Karate student to fight 50 successive full contact bouts. He is now the head of the style in England, and the UKSKO is under his control.
Sensei Perry holds the rank of 7th Dan Kyoshi and also holds Dan rankings in Judo, Kobijutsu, Ju Jutsu and Kendo/Jutsu. The United Kingdom Seiki Juku Karate Organisation and the Anglo-Japanese School of Martial Arts are under his control, and he is the Karate Coach for the Sekai Butokukwai of Great Britain.