What is Shotokan Karate? (松濤館)


Shotokan karate is a Japanese karate style that migrated from Okinawa in the early 20th century.  Karate is a martial art that is focused primarily on self-protection.  


Shotokan was introduced to Japan first in 1916 when he was invited to the Butokuden in Kyoto when he gave a demonstration, and again in 1921 when the crown prince Hirohito made a visit to Okinawa. Funakoshi fully introduced Shotokan to Japan in 1922 when he was invited to Tokyo to the First National Athletic Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Education.  Shotokan was named by Master Gichin Funakoshi's students when they placed a sign over the training hall in which he taught. Shoto (松濤) was the pen name used by Funakoshi and (館) kan meaning hall or place.


The founder of Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, also believed in development of character and as such all Shotokan Karate practitioners follow the dojo-kun.


The Dojo-kun consist of the following values:

  • seek perfection of character 
  • be faithful
  • endeavor
  • respect others
  • refrain from violent behavior