Shubukan – Hanshi Shull

Shubukan is dedicated to keeping alive the Life Protection Art founded by Taika Oyata

Hanshi Shull was given the dojo name – Shubukan – by Taika Seiyu Oyata.

Shu – Train         Bu – Warrior          Kan – Place (Hall)

Taika gave Hanshi Shull this dojo name with the very precise meaning that it is "Where warriors train."  Not a place that trains warriors but a place precisely where people who are warriors train.  Because Hanshi Shull’s karate was exceedingly strong Taika felt this name described his dojo perfectly.

This is a Life Protection Art that relies upon technique and not strength.

Aspects of the art:

  • Tuite:  Joint manipulation / locks
  • Kyusho:  Pressure point strikes that occur during technique
  • Kata:  A specific pattern of movements that form the foundation for technique
  • Bogu Kumite:  Full contact sparring
  • Kobujitsu – Ancient weapons

Taika preferred the term Life Protection Art to that of Martial Art.  Life Protection signifies that we protect the life of family, friends, and anyone being threatened.  The practice of Life Protection also protects those that are intent on harming others.  Taika’s Art is a a way to help make the world a better place.

Instructor/Owner- Gary Shull, Hanshi, 9th Dan

Gary has been training in Taika’s Art since 1962.

Dojo / Class Information
Classes are very personalized with a large amount of individual attention and customized instruction.

Typical class:

  • Stances, punches, blocks, and kicks
  • Demonstration of a particular topic or technique
  • Train the topic or technique
  • Train kata (forms)

Additional training:

Areas of interest:
Customized training depending upon the students areas of interest. 

Bogu Kumite
Bogu Kumite is the Zensekai Karate Kobujitsu Renmei version of full contact sparring.

The head gear is similar to Kendo gear and will prevent serious injury from strikes to the head.

In class the gear is used for training more than Ippon Kumite or one point sparring.  Putting the gear on helps students to understand the importance of blocking and to get the feeling of being hit.

Just because the gear is on does not mean that full contact is being used but it is a way to put training to a higher test when you know the training partner will hit you in the head if you don’t block.

As with everything in class the level of intensity will be adjusted to the students level.

Place where warriors train

Strength of character as well as strength of karate define Shubukan.  Hanshi Shull is an expert in Tuite and Kyushu.  He is also fluent in Taika’s Kobujitsu.

Contact / Information


Hanshi Gary Shull – Owner / Sensei

Contact Shubukan Dojo

Lexington, SC