Traditional Karate for a Modern World

Lincoln Kofukan
Started in the 1970’s, we are one of the oldest Karate club in Lincolnshire. Our chief instructor Garry Pettit began training in 1973 and in 2022 was awarded 7  Dan also the title Shihan  for Kofukan Shito-Ryu. Garry also teaches Karate for the RAF Martial Arts Association. We have a good relationship with the University of Lincoln, who have their own Kofukan Karate club which we train for National competitions.


Current Instructors:

  • Shihan Garry Pettit Nanadan (7th Dan) Rensei
  • Nigel Parsons Godan (5th Dan)
  • Lawrence Petty Yondan (4th Dan)
  • Clive Petty Sandan (3rd Dan)
  • Jeff Law Sandan (3rd Dan)
  • Mark Longstaffe Sandan (3rd Dan)

What is Kofukan?
Established in the 1970’s by Sensei Tomiyama and Sensei Omi in order to spread Tani-ha Shitō-Ryu Karate-do around Europe. Kofukan International is now a worldwide association, with annual competitions bringing everyone together. Our symbol is the three swords: Shin (mind) Gi (technique) Ta (body), all unified as one.

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What is Shitō-Ryu?
The first character: Shi” is derived from the first part of Master Itosu, name from. This style of Karate is known as Itosu or Shuri-te generally performed with straight, sharp movements.

The second character: “Tō” comes from the first part  of Master Higaonna, name who taught in Naha, Okinawa. This style is generally performed with circular, soft movements.

The founder of Shitō-Ryu, Master Mabuni, built his style of Karate based on these two schools from which he learned. Shito-ryu therefore practices both of these contrasting methods — primarily through Kata, which can be categorised by their respective origins:

Itosu (Shuri-te) Kata Group
Pin’an (Shodan – Godan), Naihanchin (Shodan – Sandan), Bassai-Dai, Bassai-Sho, Kosokun-Dai, Kosokun-Sho, Shiho-Kosokun, Jitte, Jiin, Jion, Wanshu, Rohai (Shodan – Sandan), Chinto, Chintei, Useishi

Higaonna (Naha-te) Kata Group

Sanchin, Tensho, Gekisai (Ichi & Ni), Saifa, Seienchin, Seisan, Seipai, Sanseiru, Shissochin, Kururunfa, Suparinpai

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