Master Tani was a direct student of Master Mabuni who passed on a "Certificate of Succession" (rarely given). This allowed Master Tani to set up his own group. He named it Shukokai, which means "Way for all"

Many groups have split away over the years but still use the name Shukokai. However, our Kofukan association has always remained part of "Tani-Ha Shito-Ryu Shukokai" and maintains strong links to the organisation today.
Tani, Chojiro
1921 - 1998
Shihan Naoki Omi (7th dan) and Shihan Keiji Tomiyama (7th Dan) are the joint cheif instructors of Kofukan. They met in the Doshisha University Karate Club while training under Master Tani. Shihan Omi resides in Paris and spends his time dealing with the French clubs and other Kofukan International Business.Shihan Tomiyama lives in Nottingham where Kofukan England is based. As a world-renowned Kata expert he spends much of his time teaching here and abroad.
Shihan Keiji Tomiyama