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Graham Furniss

Shoshin Kai Self-Defence Instructor

07454 397755


I currently hold the grade of black belt in karate and I continue to train in Kyokushinkai (full contact karate) and Eskrima (Filipino combat system). I teach and train with an open mind and look at what works for individual students and what is practical as self-defence. We aim to teach students correct striking, punching, kicking and blocking techniques, develop flowing foot work, awareness of surrounding’s and avoidance.

Shoshin is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind". It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts. The phrase is also used in the title of the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by the Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki, who says the following about the correct approach to Zen practice: In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.  Shoshin also means "correct truth" and is used to denote a genuine signature on art works or to refer to anything or person that is genuine.

If you wish to find out more then please contact me via phone or email or better still come down and take part in a class.



Shoshin Kai / Dentokan Rochester

Shoshin Kai as a club has been running since 2011 teaching students Goju Ryu Karate, Goshin Jutsu (self-defence), and more recently Aikijujutsu and Kobujutsu, we are a small club with dedicated students who are serious about their study of martial arts. In 2015 Graham Furniss Sensei (3rd Dan) and the students of Shoshin kai started to train with the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei under the guidance of Neil Malpas Hanshi (8th Dan) who is the personal student of Roy Hobbs Hanshi (9th Dan) and over the years we have developed strong links with Dentokan to the point all of our grades are now fully recognised and supported by Dentokan from kyu grades through to Dan grades and all though we are our own independent club we train in and teach dentokan martial arts which are Goju Ryu Karate, Shorin Ryu Karate, Shito Ryu Karate, Aikijujutsu, Gosinjutsu, Kobjutsu (Okinawan Weapons) and Iaido (Sword).


If you have never trained before, you are in good company, all of the club were once beginner’s! it is suitable for 10-60 age group, although 12+ is usually better. Women will get on just as well as men and train as equals. We take traditional Karate and self defence techniques from jujutsu to give people a well-rounded set of skills. Useful for fitness, confidence, self-defence in the real world and the study of the martial arts for their own sake.

Starting again

If you used to do some martial arts, you will find that we are a great place to restart. There is something for everyone, whether you have a karate background, trained in jujutsu or judo, did some boxing or taekwondo or just used to do lots of physical training. We will honour your previous experience. You will find the Dentokan arts challenging and extremely fulfilling.

Martial Artist

If you are currently training in another art we can offer you access and teaching in genuine high class arts with highly reputable lineage, going directly back to Japanese’s and Okinawan masters. View the ‘lineage’ section at and you will see the unique quality of the linage of our core arts, something which few wester organisations can now claim. This is a place for the serious martial artist who wants high quality training with genuine lineage.


Instructor info


Graham Furniss,


Yondan (4th Dan) Goju Ryu Karate
Sandan (3rd Dan) Shorin Ryu Karate
Shodan (1st Dan) Aikijujutsu
Shodan (1st Dan) Kobujutsu (Okinawan weapons)


Friday 18:30 - 20:00 Aikijujutsu (Japanese Jujutsu)
Saturday 13:30 - 15:00 Kobujutsu (Okinawan weapons)
Saturday 15:00 - 16:30 Karate (Goju Ryu and Shorin Ryu)

For more information or to register for classes please contact Graham directly on the details above.


Class Times


13:30 - 15:00

Kobujutsu (Okinawan weapons)


15:00 - 16:30

Karate (Goju Ryu and Shorin Ryu)


18:30 - 20:00

Aikijujutsu (Japanese Jujutsu)

Our Location

Rochester Dance Junction -

681 Maidstone Road - Rochester - Kent - ME1 3QJ