founded at Stirling University in 1970 by our now chief
instructor Mr William Clark (Hanshi). The roots of the club can
be traced back to Master Shigeru Egami Chief Instructor Shoto-Kan
Dojo, onto Master Mitsusuke Harada Chief Instructor Shoto-Kai.
trained and was graded under Master Harada in Shoto-Kai Karate
Do and continued to study Shoto-Kai under sensei Jack Euart at
the Azami Dojo, one of the oldest and longest running clubs in
Dojo was a Judo club which lent its facilities to a group of
Shoto-Kai Karateka for practice. In the early days it was normal
for the karateka to participate in the judo practice prior
commencement of the karate. Along with training at the Azami Mr
Clark travelled all over the country, from Glasgow to Grange
Farm attending courses and gradings from senior instructors.
During these training sessions Mr Clark formed a strong
friendship and close link with sensei R McBurnie from Glasgow,
Sensei McBurnie was an inspiration to Mr Clark as he sought “the
way”. Mr Clark progressed on to succeed sensei J Euart as the
instructor of Azami Karate Do Shoto-Kai.
time Mr Clark was introduced to Aikido and in particular the
teachings of Sensei William Coyle, Chief Instructor Makotokai
Aikido Association by Sensei R McBurnie.
influences of Sensei Coyle, Sensei McBurnie and others, Mr Clark
accepted an offer to set-up a Karate club in the newly built
Stirling University in 1970. In the early days the students
would benefit from courses in karate from Sensei McBurnie and
Aikido from Sensei Coyle and from the fusion of the two emerged
Sen-No-Kai. Sen-No-Kai is non competitive and relies on
traditional values rather than the sporting aspects to develop
the inner strengths of the student.
In a strive
to increase its standing within the martial arts fraternity Sen-No-Kai
Association was formed and applied to the Martial Arts
Commission (now M.A.D.e.C) for recognition and affiliation. Also
as full members of the Sports Council Sen-No-Kai are fully
updated to current coaching developments.
fully comprehensive grading syllabus and instructor training
programmes Sen-No-Kai has gone from strength to strength.
Stirling University remains the main dojo and plays host to our
four weekend courses, and our annual weeks residential training
course in September. All Sen-No-Kai instructors have undergone
instructor training, hold current First Aid certificates and are
registered and fully insured for teaching in martial arts.
has clubs throughout the district and are open to any student
wishing to advance in the field of martial arts, from the
complete beginner to the experienced martial artist.