Cossack Shotokan Karate Academy

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“The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants”  Gichin Funakoshi

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Book “Katas Superieurs Shotokan-Ryu” by master Taiji KASE, 9th Dan is now available to buy from Kamikaze.

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International Open Karate Course with Sensei Pascal Lecourt 6th Dan and

Sensei Nico Ibscher 4th Dan.

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Sensei Fedyk celebrates his 60th birthday in and outside the dojo!

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History of the club

Sensei Michaylo Fedyk 6th Dan started karate in 1969 under Sensei Glen Haslem who at the time was a senior member of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) and a member of the British All Styles National Team.  In 1980 Sensei Fedyk set up the Cossack Shotokan Karate Academy at St Nicholas Church Hall, St Helens where the dojo (training hall) is still based.


In 1990 Sensei Fedyk along with students of Cossack Shotokan Karate Academy followed his friend and Sensei, Steve Cattle, in personal resignation from the KUGB and thus becoming a founder member club of the English Shotokan Academy (ESA). The move to follow Sensei Cattle a close student of Sensei Taiji Kase and embrace the teaching of Sensei Kase was made without hesitation albeit loyalties are a very important aspect of life, hence the importance of an official letter of resignation to the senior instructor of the KUGB, Sensei Andy Sherry, who acknowledged the letter of resignation by wishing Sensei Fedyk well for the future and progressive practice of Karate Do.


The Cossack Shotokan Karate Academy continues to teach and develop the unique line of traditional Shotokan karate passed down by Sensei Kase and Sensei Cattle.  Members of the Cossack Shotokan Karate club regularly attend and teach on karate courses around Great Britain and Europe to further their knowledge of Kase Ha Karate Do.


Sensei Fedyk, the chief instructor at Cossack Shotokan Karate Academy, was elected Chairman of the English Shotokan Academy in 1999 and continues in this role to date.  


In 2005 Sensei Fedyk, shortly after the sad passing of Sensei Kase,  was informed by Sensei Dirk Heene that he had been selected as a Shihankai member of the International Kase Ha Shotokan Ryu Karate Do Academy (KSKA) as a representative of England alongside Sensei Dirk Heene (8th dan Belgium), Velibor Dimitrijevic (7th dan Greece), Jim Martin (7th dan Scotland), Pascal Lecourt (6th dan France) and Pascal Petrella (6th dan Germany).  Sensei Fedyk feels highly privileged to be considered worthy of Shihankai status alongside such fine karateka of the KSKA who are all tasked with upholding and progressing the teachings of Sensei Kase.  It is indeed a great honour.