Shotokan History of Tradition

Traditional Karate is a beautiful, ancient, weaponless art of self defense. It is based on using the body as a whole (synchronization of breath, muscle contraction and relaxation, and body dynamics), rather than relying on the muscular strength of the arms and legs. In application, Strategy and timing, combined with flowing mind and strong spirit, are important. You will learn sense and follow the opponent, eventually controlling him, and to use the open space in his actions rather than resisting his movements.

In the practice of karate, the mind and the body are inseparable: they harmonize with each other. The practitioner develops self confidence, stable emotions and clear judgment so the body will respond naturally under the circumstances. By using all the tools that traditional karate gives, the size of the opponent becomes irrelevant. Karate can therefore be learned by anyone, regardless of age and physical strength. Through Karate one "unlearns" bad habits accumulated through modern, daily life. These include: movement, posture, breathing, as well as mental and psychological obstacles.

Shotokan History of Tradition

The origin of shotokan karate may be traced back to the small island of Okinawa nearly 400 years ago. Master Gichin Funakoshi, known today as the father of modern karate, formally introduced karate to Japan in 1922 with formal expositions

sponsored by the Japanese ministry of education. In 1948, Funakoshi, assisted by two of his top students, Masatoshi Nakayama and Hidetaka Nishiyama, organized the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Funakoshi served as the head master until his passing in 1957.

Sensei M. Nakayama

Funakoshi's Traditional Philosophy

Funakoshi had a profound belief that shotokan karate was a means of character development and self-defense. He did not believe in resolving conflict with violence, but emphasized self-protection and respect for one another.

The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.



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