The Shi-Gaku-Kan dojos were established in the 1960s By Jim Hardie, who is one of Scotland's first black belts, and is now 6th Dan. The Shi-Gaku-Kan name was given to the clubs by Manabu Murakami, 6th Dan, and former two times world champion, on one of his visits to the the NE of Scotland, and it means "the school you go to if you wish to study karate properly". The personal benefits enjoyed through continued training are numerous and include improved fitness, flexibility, speed, confidence, self-awareness and self-discipline.
Quality instruction at the Shi-Gaku-Kan dojos is affirmed by its affiliation to SKIF-Scotland, which itself is a representative association of the SKIF (Shotokan Karate-do International Federation) who have their head office in Tokyo, Japan. With over 2.5 million members in over 100 countries, SKIF remains the world's largest single-styled karate organisation.
Shi-Gaku-Kan are dedicated to following the teachings of Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa and his son Nobuaki. Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa is the Kancho (President) of the SKIF and one of the world's most renowned and respected traditional karate masters alive today. Nobuaki Kanazawa, Kancho Designate, is a worthy successor to his father.
As well as being fully qualified to teach adults, Mark and Libby have attended the necessary courses to teach children including Good Practice and Child Protection, and both are First Aid certified.
The Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate dojos are the only ones in the North-East of Scotland that are visited regularly by the world-class senior instructors from the Japanese honbu (headquarters) dojo of a worldwide traditional karate organisation.