Club Foundation

Kenichi Fukamizu Hanshi (8th Dan) established Universal Shotokan Karate Union (USKU) formally in 1999 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Fukamizu Shihan’s depth of technical proficiency in Karate has made him a sought-after instructor for seminars and coaching worldwide. USKU has affiliated dojos in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, India, and New Zealand.

Morgan Dilks

Morgan Dilks Sensei (5th Dan) began Karate training in 1997 while living in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. Having studied various martial arts in New Zealand, Morgan was privileged to have had the opportunity to be accepted to karate training directly under Fukamizu Shihan. Morgan attained Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1999, being the first person to be awarded a USKU black belt grade since its establishment. All his subsequent Dan gradings took place in Japan.

 In 1999 Morgan expanded USKU as a founding member of USKU International in order to develop friendships. He set up his own Palmerston North dojo in 2008 under the banner of USKU.

 The Manawatū martial arts community and his students  lost a lot with his death at the age of just 46 on February 8 2021. As a diligent karate instructor, he saw 25 of his students gain black belts until he finally succumbed to a three-year battle with cancer.


Karate is a martial art. Universal Shotokan Karate Union is a Shotokan-based style of Karate, and emphasises a balanced development of speed, strength, and range of techniques. 

The practice of Shotokan Karate is…

  • Great for almost all ages

  • Great for the whole family to do together

  • Applicable to self-defence situations

  • Build confidence and self-control

  • Develop fast reflexes, balance, and memory

  • Learn the basic principles of progressive goal setting and reaching these goals

  • Learn how to avoid getting involved in physical confrontations

  • Keep in shape while having fun

This allows the Karateka to…

The solid, physical training required to reach a high skill level in Shotokan Karate promotes good overall health, fitness, and well-being.

The required concentration, commitment, and dedication help build strength, confidence, and determination in the karateka (practitioner).

As training continues, a person wil reap the following benefits

  • Be in better shape

  • Be more confident

  • Be more focused and committed

  • Be more respectful towards others

  • Be regarded as a role model

We strive to be a professional, politics-free organisation; but at the same time, an internationally recognised and certified organisation for both our students and instructors through standardised certification programs and examinations. 

We take all reasonable measures to ensure training is safe (including the use of protective clothing during sparring). However, Shotokan Karate is a martial art and carries a small risk of injury. Training is at your own risk. Universal Shotokan Karate Union and its instructors cannot be held accountable for injuries or mishaps that may occur. 


Universal Shotokan Karate Union adheres to the principles of Dojo Kun (a set of training hall rules that are common to most martial arts) by teaching and developing honesty, integrity, sincerity, and mutual respect among the members.


Bring out the best in each member through exciting and safe (non-contact) workouts by well-trained and enthusiastic instructors


Teach traditional Shotokan Karate-do from Japan at the highest level of skills and technique


Provide a friendly, encouraging, and helpful atmosphere for learning

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