Founded in 1970 by Skipper Ingham, 10o, Bermuda Karate Institute (BKI) focuses on the gojuryu (hard/soft style), one of the major branches of Japanese karate, which originated in Okinawa. O-Sensei Skipper received his rank from his sensei (teacher), the late Grandpatriarch Peter Urban, who introduced goju to the eastern USA in the early fifties after study in Japan. Urban was a student of Gogen Yamaguchi, who had popularized goju karate in Japan, as well as Richard Kim, who trained with Matsutatsu Oyama, founder of Kyokushinkai. Ingham also trained with Latino Gonzalez, a founder of Philippine karate,
and with other teachers in Tokyo and Nagoya during his career as a merchant seaman. He was assistant coach of the Atlantic World Karate Team (later the Trans World Oil Karate Team, working with top international point fighters from 1987 to
1990. Since the early 1990ís Ingham trained with Eiichi Miyazato in Okinawa to reconnect with the basics of the style. Following Miyazato's death, he continued training in Okinawa under Hicihiya Yoshio.
BKI karate training has integrated self-defense and elements of judo and jujitsu (ukemi) into study of the classical goju kata as practised in the Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Kyokai. Sai and iai
exercise is available to those who have developed a good foundation in the empty hand aspect of the arts. The karate curriculum follows the kata emphasis of the Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Kyokai formed by students of Eiichi Miyazato,
with karate specific warmups and basics; it does not include hojo undo (karate weight training) and extensive makiwara, although makiwara are available in the dojo. Starting from the beginner
level of white belt, grades of advancement used are green, purple, brown and black belt - which is considered a new beginning, rather than the end of training.
The introduction of Muay Thai in 2006 under the direction of Ray Sillar has added an exciting complementary training emphasis to the BKI curriculum.