2016 is a very special time for all of us at Tora as it is our 50th anniversary.
“The club was originally called Surrey Shotokan Karate Club and was founded in the mid 1960's in Chertsey, Surrey. I think this probably makes us one of the oldest clubs in the country. In 1967 Sensei Michael (Sandy) Beach became the Chief instructor. In 1971 the club name was changed to Tora Shotokan Karate Club.Some of the visiting Sensei that have taught at our club are, Kanazawa, Enoeda, Kato, Takahashi, Sumi, K.Funakoshi, Tomita, Ohta, Chisholm, Fuller, Hazard.When Sensei Beach retired from active instruction, I continued teaching and, with his agreement, we changed the name to Tora Kodo Karate Kai, which is more descriptive of the inherent philosophy found within the club.”
Last year was a very successful year for all of us at Tora. We have seen many new members, some as young as 8 years old, joining us and starting on their Karate journey. Some of them even managed to persuade their parents to join them in training.
Many of our junior members did exceptionally well at the competition which was held in March 2015.
We have also welcomed Karateka joining us from different clubs looking for the type of training sessions which can be found at Tora.
It is a massive privilege to all our instructors seeing so many juniors and also adults joining us.
The 50 years journey of Tora as we know it today has been a long and steady Journey.
Don't forget YOU too can be part of our family - just turn up to one of our sessions.