Shibumi Karate Club was first established in Saltcoats in 1987 under the tutelage of Sensei John Deans and Sensei Liz Devlin with John taking over sole care for the club shortly after. Today having been in existence more than twenty years, and due to Sensei John's dedication and passion for Karate Do, we have approximately one hundred students many of whom are past or present medal winners and champions at Scottish, British, European and World level.
Sensei Calum opened the West Kilbride branch of our club in 2005 with the aim of bringing traditional karate to the area. Although relatively new in existence the club has been steadily growing and is now an important part of the village's sports community.
The Japanese word 'Shibumi' means 'effortless perfection'. In Japanese culture, Shibumi implies a simplicity of spirit; an attitude of refinement without pretension, honesty without apology, beauty without artifice; it is being without the angst of becoming.
A state of Shibumi must be found, not won
Sensei John first started training when he was only ten years old and quickly progressed through the grades, passing his junior black belt (shodan) in 1984 and in turn his senior shodan in 1986 when he was just sixteen years old.
He went on to take over the running of Shibumi Karate Club with Sensei Liz Devlin 1st Dan, in 1987 and has been our chief instructor ever since.
In recent years John has been awarded his Godan from JKA Chief Instructor Sensei Ueki 8th Dan JKA, and has fulfilled his lifelong ambition of training at the JKA Hombu Dojo on Tokyo, Japan.
He also has the honour of being the current National Team Coach for both Kata and Kumite.
Sensei Calum started training with Beith Karate Club back in 1973 after going along with a friend who was already a green belt.
Sensei Calum eventually started training with Sensei John at Shibumi in Saltcoats and his hard work and diligence was rewarded when he achieved his Sandan in 2006.
In the past he has represented Scotland on the international circuit and is currently a grade two referee within our organisation.
Kevin began training at Shibumi as a young lad along with one of our other long serving members David Bettley 4th Dan JKA. Kevin soon found the passion and represented Saltcoats Club at several National and International events around Europe and the World.
Kevin's greatest achievement to date has been winning a 3rd place in the World Championships in California in 1997. Kevin regularly takes the reigns at Shibumi when Sensei John has other commitments.
It is a statement so correct that it does
not have to be bold.
So poignant that it does not have to be pretty.
So true that it does not have to be real.
It is understanding rather than knowledge.
In a man it is authority without domination.
One does not achieve it, one discovers it.
Only a few men of infinite refinement ever do that.
Bow on entering and leaving the Dojo.
Address any teaching instructor as "Sensei".
Say "OSS" upon receiving any advice or command from the instructor.
Say "OSS" when bowing to your partner in kumite.
Show respect to each other.