Shin Gi Tai has been a member of Shi Kon International since 1995. Shi Kon was founded by Steve Rowe 8th Dan in 1988 as an international ‘friendship’ association to further the ethos of traditional martial arts training and to help and support each individual to become the best that they can.
To this end, Shi Kon arranges top level seminars and tournaments in the UK and abroad with top level world class instructors. Each year since 1990 there has been a Summer Camp at Jizerka in the mountains of the Czech Republic, there also regular courses all over the UK including a spring and summer camp with world class Instructors in traditional Martial Arts. At the associations headquarters in Chatham, Kent, there are regular monthly courses for students to attend to develop their skills and to learn with like minded martial artists.
There are a number of benefits that being a member of Shikon offers:
- For continued progression for our own club instructors, Shi Kon have a Technical Committee which provides access to very high grades in all martial arts, this is invaluable for our progression as coaches and that of our students.
- For tournaments, Shi Kon are registered with the World Union of Karate Federations, and has a very successful record in producing British, European and World Champions. Our students have the opportunity to compete at international level.
- To get the best insurance possible, Shi Kon have arranged their own policy with a leading specialist Martial Arts insurer to governing bodies in sport in the UK.
- To maintain the best standards, Shi Kon are founder members of the Martial Arts Standards Agency, the body setup to promote quality standards in the Martial Arts.
- Shikon is also a leading proponent of Clubmark accreditation for Martial Arts Clubs and actively encourages and supports it’s members in attaining Clubmark accreditation with clubs in Hampshire, Essex, Kent and London currently registered and others working towards this. Clubmark is a Sport England quality kitemark for a good Martial Arts club.
- For coaching, the Chatham Centre is an accredited Centre with City and Guilds to deliver NVQ coaching in Karate, Ju Jitsu and the Chinese Martial Arts. As a club we also require coaches to have a coaching qualification from the appropriate National Governing body.
- For DBS disclosure and ISA registration, Shi Kon is a registered centre with the Criminal Records Bureau.
- For legal advice Shi Kon have a barrister who is an expert in sports law as a policy advisor.