Master Kimura was also born in Kobe, on the 2nd of March 1941, after trying both judo and kendo he started
training in karate at the age of 16 with Sensei Chojiro Tani.
At the age of 21 he won the All Japan Karate Championship and followed this up a year later. In spite of his success, he doubted the effectiveness of his karate and although the punches were fast
they were less effective than he had anticipated.
This ineffectiveness was to drive Sensei Kimura in his quest to develop and improve Tani-Shukokai and in so doing the manner of practicing Shukokai now differs considerably from the Tani style, which
is why the term Kimura's Shukokai is used today.