About Universal Shotokan Karate Union

USKU Members at a seminar conducted by Kenichi Fukamizu Shihan hosted by KUA, Perth, Australia

We offer training in traditional Shotokan karate focusing on three core elements of training; Kihon (blocks, punches and kicks), Kata (set patterns) and Kumite (sparring).

Kenichi Fukamizu Shihan (8th Dan) established USKU formally in 1999 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Fukamizu Shihan`s depth of technical proficiency in Karate has made him a sought after instructor for seminars and coaching worldwide. USKU has affiliated dojo`s in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Philippines, India and New Zealand.

Universal Shotokan Karate Union is affiliated with Japan Karate Federation (JKF) and All Japan Karate Shotokan (AJKS).


USKU Traditional Shotokan Karate Training in Palmerston North. NZ

Universal Shotokan Karate Union New Zealand was established in Palmerston North in May 2008.  Since that time we have had many committed students graduate through the black belt ranks, with gradings typically taking place internationally.

Every year we represent New Zealand at the USKU International Championships, which are held in Japan (every second year) and a USKU participating country in between Japan hosting.  This provides students the opportunity to experience traditional karate in Japan, grading and competing internationally and also experience different cultures while making international friendships.