A Brief History of Karate and Shinrai Karate-Do

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands of what is now Okinawa, Japan. The three main karate styles took their names from the villages in which they were practiced. Naha-Te, Shuri-Te, Tomari-Te were developed jointly from indigenous fighting methods called te and from Chinese fighting styles Tode (China hand). In 1923 Okinawan masters changed the Chinese character to a Japanese character indicating that the martial arts now taught in Okinawa were no longer purely Chinese. Thus, the meaning changed from Tode to Kara-te (empty hand).

Naha Te: The origin of Goju Ryu and Kyokushinkai

Shuri Te: The origin of Shotokan, and Wado Ryu

Karate was originally brought to Okinawa from China. It was then brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges between Japan and the Ryukyu Islands following its annexation by Japan in the 19th century. Gichin Funakoshi was invited to Tokyo give a karate demonstration, and in 1924 Keio University established the first karate club in a Japanese University. By 1932, many Japanese Universities had karate clubs.

After the second world war, Okinawa became an United States military base and karate became extremely popular with the servicemen based there.

As interest in karate became worldwide, karate masters migrated to Europe and America in order to popularise the art. Karate was further popularised in the west during the mid to late sixties with the advent of martial arts films. The most popular film star around at that time was Bruce Lee, who inspired many to take up a martial art.

Present day Karate is categorized into four main parts: Mental Conditioning, Physical Conditioning, Self Defence, and Sport.

Shinrai Karate-Do

Our school was founded in 2011 by Sensei Carol David and Sensei Bernard David after 35 years each of Martial Arts study and practice.

Shinrai is a traditional Karate school based on the Okinawan Naha-te system.

As well as a martial art with all the self defence aspects of traditional karate, Shinrai karate can also be practised as a sport. We encourage students to participate in tournaments as well as support those who wish to compete at national or international level.

Our goal is that through dedicated practice we teach a sense of pride, self-respect and confidence.

We do not demand the respect of our students but we aim to earn it through our behaviour and attitude towards them.

Our Badge

The circular badge represents the Association. The inner circle represents the beginners and kyu grades. The blue circle represents the back belts who guide, protect and support the lower grades, the path to which is trust. The kanji is Shinrai, the Trust upon which our school is built.


Chief Instructors

C David (6th Dan-Doshi)

Sensei Carol David began his karate training in 1975 in the style of Kyokushinkai. He then continued his training in karate and opened his first dojo in1985. He has since taught karate to thousands of adults and children across the South East.

On gaining his 1st Dan in 1979, he successfully completed fifty full contact fights during the grading. He was awarded his current 6th Dan grade in 2012.

He has also competed internationally and represented Great Britain at a demonstration Sportko international competition at the World Games in 1987, and has coached and taught on behalf of Richmond and Hillingdon Sports Councils for a number of years.

B David (5th Dan)

Sensei Bernard David began his training in 1974 in the style of Shotokan and holds a 1st kyu in that style. He also trained with the Wu Shu Kwan kung fu school for about a year.

In 1985 Sensei B. David enrolled at Sensei C. David’s first dojo and is a student of his to this day. Sensei B. David gained his Shodan in 1988 after only three years and has been teaching karate since that time. In 1999, Sensei B. David opened up several karate dojos around west London and has been a full time instructor since, having produced many black belts along the way.

Both Instructors jointly coached the victorious Hillingdon karate team at the London Youth Games in 1995. A team made up mainly of students from their dojo.

They have taught a wide  range of students within the age from 4-75, from those who wish to compete nationally and internationally, to those who see karate as an interesting and fulfilling way to develop their fitness, self-esteem and self-discipline. Both pride themselves on treating each student as an individual whilst recognising and helping them realise their full potential.

Business Address

14 Hewens Road

Phone: +44 (0)20 8581 0258
Mobile: +44 (0) 7990 512431

Affiliated to:

The English Karate Federation

Chief Instructors

C A David 6th Dan
B C David 5th Dan