About Our History

Sensei Tani started his formal training under Miyagi Chojun (founder of Goju Ryu Karate) and in 1949 founded his own style Shukokai. After some years Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa the founder of Shitoryu karate, Sensei Kenwa Mabuni took over his teaching. While still receiving instruction from Sensei Mabuni, Sensei Tani taught his style to Kaicho Kawata Shigemasa who is now the International Chief Instructor of the world Shukokai Karate association. Originally, Mabuni Sensei only taught the Naha-te system out of respect for his friend, however eventually began teaching the Shito style for which he became famous for. Sensei Tani studied the Shuri-te ways and then reformed  and developed what is now known as the Shitoryu system. Sensei Charles Bayliss 5th Dan has ravelled numerous times to Japan, trained and graded under Sensei Tani and today still train with Kawata Sensei 10th Dan.

Sensei Charles Bayliss, owner and Chief instructor of Waverley Dojo, began his karate journey in 1988 and quickly moved up the ranks grading for his black belt in 1992.

Sensei Charles decided in 1996 to branch out and form what is now known today as Shukokai Karate Waverley Dojo which has been operating in the Glen Waverley area for the last 20 years.

He is compassionate and highly skilled Senior instructor and is fully committed to all of his students and their families.