Sensei Tani started his formal training under Miyagi Chojun (founder of Goju Ryu Karate) and in 1949 founded his own style Shukokai. After some years Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa the founder of Shitoryu Karate, Sensei Kenwa Mabuni took over his teaching. While still receiving instruction from Sensei Mabuni, Sensei Tani taught his style to Kaicho Kawata Shigemasa who is now the International Instructor of the world Shukokai Karate Association.
Originally, Mabuni Sensei only taught the Naha-te System out of respect for his friend, however eventually begin teaching the Shito style for which he become famous for. Sensei Tani studied the Shuri-te ways and then reformed and developed what is now known as the Shitoryu system. Sensei Paul Mitchell 8th Dan and Sensei Charles Bayliss 5th Dan have both travelled numerous times to Japan, trained and graded under Sensei Tani and today still trained with Kawata Sensei 10th Dan. Sensei Charles Bayliss, owner and Chief instructor of Waverley Dojo, began his karate journey in 1988 and quickly moved up the ranks grading for his black belt in 1992. After training under Sensei Paul Mitchell and Sensei Ronan Mitchell (Sensei Paul’s son) Sensei Charles decided in 1996 to branch out and form what is now known as Shukokai Karate Waverley Dojo.
Sensei Charles has now been operating in the Glen Waverley area for 20 years and he’s fully committed to all of his students and their families.