Seiki Juku Karate
Our school is the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation (UKSKO). 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.
After entering our school of Karate each student is expected to train diligently so as to become strong enough to fell his enemy with a single blow. Karate-Ka (student) within our group must be physically very strong, but must also develop their mental powers (Kokryu). In order that nothing may ever over-awe them.
Classical Karate is at first a means of combat, a means by which 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 rigorous training.
Championship tournaments of any type have no place in real Karate. The results of a real challenge would end in serious injury. Thus contest becomes artificial combat. Both teachers and students are required only to devote themselves to training and helping each other. However those students who wish to take part in contest in order to test both their nerve and prowess are encouraged to do so.
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.
Our association has a rich history going back to 1901
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Shihan Frank T Perry (Chief Instructor)
Frank Perry is 8th Dan (Hanshi) and holds Dan grade levels in Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Kobudo and Jujutsu. As a Karate Master, he runs the largest full-time Karate dojo in England and his school, the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation, has thousands of registered students.
Frank Perry worked originally with the first Japanese Budo and Karate Exponents who came to Britain. From the former, he acquired what is now a rare knowledge of the Bushido Spirit (the martial way of the classical warrior) and this remains something he wishes to see fostered today in all Martial Arts.
As a competitor, Frank Perry has fought at national and international level and his students have won numerous honours. He has devoted much time and energy to the establishment of Karate as a fast-growing sport with behind-the-scenes work on the English Karate Council (the former governing body), of which he became Vice-Chairman in 1988. He was also Chairman of the English Karate Council Technical and Coaching Committees and the English representative to the British Karate Federation. Other appointments include that of Chief Instructor of the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation and also of the Koku Sai-Budo-Shingi Kai.
Frank Perry has presented Martial Art techniques for television and was the subject of the first ever documentary Karate film distributed nationwide in cinemas. This film demonstrated, among other Karate techniques, the build-up to his successful breaking of a stack of nine huge ice blocks with a single hand strike in a display of tameshiwari never seen on screen before.
“ In 1957, when I was only four years old, my elder brother took me along to see what went on at our local Martial Arts school where Sensei Kaoru Mishiku taught Judo, Ken-jutsu and Ju-jutsu. At first, my brother and other students regarded me as no more than their ‘mascot’, but what had started out as a joke soon became quite a serious business. For, despite my age, I established an almost immediate rapport and understanding with the sensei (teacher). I was accepted by him as a regular pupil and continued to study with him during the many years that followed.
Sensei Kaoru Mishiku was Japanese and of true Samurai stock. He had come to London from Japan in 1909 and he remained until his death. Around the early sixties, the first of the Karate Masters from Japan arrived in London, some at the invitation of Sensei Kaoru Mishiku. So, at the age of fourteen, I found myself taking up Karate as a natural follow-on to the other disciplines I had studied, and continue to study today.
In fact, my whole life has been centred around and consumed by the study of Martial Arts and of Karate in particular. I can only assume that having taken up Martial Arts at such a tender age explains why I now regarded doing Karate and enjoying Karate as a normal way of life. Karate has taken me all round the world as a Martial Arts student, instructor, coach, competitor and simply as one in pursuit of personal knowledge about Karate and its roots. The physical and spiritual rewards have been limitless and have enjoyed the meeting and exchange of respects with many great people. ”