Sensei Kimura laid the foundation for what was to become Kimura Shukokai International during his lifetime. Upon his passing, the chief instructors of the countries Sensei Kimura taught in (America, England, South Africa, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe) banded together in March of 1996 to form Kimura Shukokai International (KSI).
KSI is headed by the four most senior students of Sensei Kimura in the world, Sensei Lionel Marinus, and Sensei Chris Thompson of South Africa, Sensei Eddie Daniels of the United Kingdom, and Sensei Bill Bressaw of the United States, all today 8th Dans with approximately 35 years of experience. (Pictured left to right, Sensei Bressaw, Sensei Daniels, Sensei Thompson, and Sensei Lionel).
The mission of Kimura Shukokai International is the perpetuation of Kimura Shukokai Karate throughout the world. The Chief Instructors of the participating countries meet once every two years at the World Kimura Shukokai International Championships, and at the European Championships occurring on alternate years, to further strengthen the unity of KSI.
Additionally, each country invites one of the 8th Dans to conduct training sessions on advanced technique once a year on a rotating basis. KSI is dedicated to understand the teachings of Master Kimura and to continue it in the direction and to the next level that Sensei Kimura was headed. The maintenance of quality, a deep understanding of Bushido and its etiquette, a lifetime of dedication to perfection of his technique, following through with Sensei Kimura's statement that it will take seven lifetimes to understand his teachings.
Kimura Shukokai International, was formed in 1995, after the untimely death of Soke Shigeru Kimura 10th Dan.All of the Chief Instructors were training with Master Kimura for many years prior to Master Kimura passing.
Kimura Shukokai International today is led by Master Kimura's four Senior Instructors, Shihan Eddie Daniels 8th Dan from Great Britain, Shihan Bill Bressaw 8th Dan from U.S.A, Shihan Chris Thompson 8th Dan and Shihan Lionel Marinus 8th Dan both from South Africa. All four Shihan's, trained with Master Kimura for at least 25 years, and continue to teach Master Kimura's unique technique.
The KSI is the official International Organization for Kimura Shukokai Karate