Karate at the Shi-Gaku-Kan

Sensei Nobuaki Kanazawa, Kancho with some of the adult members of the Shi-Gaku-Kan

The Shi-Gaku-Kan comprises karate dojos in Peterhead and Aberdeen in the north-east of Scotland. Sensei Mark Donaghy, 6th Dan, and his wife, Libby, 4th Dan, provide comprehensive training and instruction in all aspects, physical, mental, and philosophical of traditional Shotokan karate. The dojos that became the Shi-Gaku-Kan were established in the 1960s by Sensei Jim Hardie, who is one of Scotland's first black belts, and is now 6th Dan. The Shi-Gaku-Kan is affiliated with the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) which has more than 2.5 million members in over 100 countries, and is the world's largest organisation devoted to propagating a single style of karate.

The title Shi-Gaku-Kan was awarded by Sensei Manabu Murakami, 6th Dan, Shihan. Sensei Murakami is a world-champion exponent of karate, and the internationally renowned Chief Instructor of the SKIF. He made the award on one of his visits to Aberdeenshire to teach and examine students of karate. Shi-Gaku-Kan means The school for those who aspire to study properly.

The instructors of the Shi-Gaku-Kan are dedicated to following and to passing on the teachings of Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa and his son Nobuaki. Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa, 10th Dan, is the founder and Soke (Past President) of the SKIF, and one of the world's most renowned and respected masters of traditional karate. Nobuaki Kanazawa, 6th Dan, Kancho (President), is a worthy successor to his father. Regular visits by instructors from the honbu dojo in Tokyo, including Nobuaki Kanazawa, Kancho, himself, maintain and confirm the quality of instruction in the Shi-Gaku-Kan to international standards.

As well as being fully qualified to teach adults, Sensei Mark and Sensei Libby have attended the necessary courses to teach children including Good Practice and Child Protection, and both are First Aid certified. Parents themselves, they make the Shi-Gaku-Kan welcoming to children as young as 5 as well as to people of all ages including students in their 60s, evidence of their commitment to the principle Karate is for everybody.

(Revision date: Tuesday 23rd July 2013)