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Shotokan is a form of karate developed in Okinawa more than 100 years ago. It was introduced in mainland Japan during the early 1920’s and then spread to the rest of the world during the 1950’s.


Today, there are thousands of Shotokan schools worldwide; however, only a few recognized organizations teach Shotokan Karate-do in its traditional way. Through its traditional practice, Shotokan helps individuals to develop positive mental and physical skills applicable to everyday life. The key is in the constant search not only for technical perfection, but for human character as well.

Gichin Funakoshi

Born in Okinawa in 1868, Funakoshi Sensei is the creator of Shotokan and responsible for its diffusion all over Japan after the 1920’s. Funakoshi learned Shuri-te and Naha-te (traditional Okinawan martial arts) from Senseis such as Yasutsune Azato and Yasutsune Itosu respectively.  The fusion of these two styles would later give birth to Shotokan. Gichin Funakoshi is considered the "Father of Modern Day Karate".  He introduced the “Budo” principles into karate and emphasized the philosophical part of this art transforming karate, a fighting style, into the martial art of Karate-do. Funakoshi died in 1957



Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto

seek perfection of character


Hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoru koto

be loyal and polite


Hitotsu, doryōku no seishin wo yashinau koto

endeavor and be honest


Hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto

respect others


Hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto

refrain from violent behavior

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