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Shotokan is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906 - 1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing "karate do" through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei.

Funakoshi had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos, who continued to teach karate after his death in 1957. However, internal disagreements (in particular the notion that competition is contrary to the essence of karate) led to the creation of different organizations-including an initial split between the Japan Karate Association (headed by Masatoshi Nakayama) and the Shotokai (headed by Motonobu Hironishi and Shigeru Egami), followed by many others-so that today there is no single "Shotokan school", although they all bear Funakoshi's influence. As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.

 
 

Gichin Funakoshi Funakoshi Gichin, November 10, 1868 April 26, 1957) is the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is attributed as being the "father of modern karate". Following the teachings of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato, he was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922. He taught karate at various Japanese universities and became honorary head of the Japan Karate Association upon its establishment in 1949.

 
 

Masatoshi Nakayama Nakayama Masatoshi, April 13, 1913 – April 15, 1987) was an internationally famous Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He helped establish the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1949, and wrote many textbooks on karate, which served to popularize his martial art. For almost 40 years, until his death in 1987, Nakayama worked to spread Shotokan karate around the world. He was the first master in Shotokan history to attain the rank of 9th dan while alive, and was posthumously awarded the rank of 10th dan.

 
 
Tetsuhiko Asai Asai Tetsuhiko, (June 7, 1935 – August 15, 2006) was a prominent Japanese master of Shotokan karate who was a former Technical Director of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), founder and Chief Instructor of the International Japan Martial Arts Karate Asai-ryu (IJKA), and founder of the Japan Karate Shoto-Renmei (JKS; also known as the Japan Karate Shoto Federation).
 
 
* Chief Instructor at Teikyo University * 9th Dan and Shuseki Shihan, Chief Instructor at Japan Karate Shoto-Federation * Chairman of National Coach Committee and 8th Dan at Japan Karate Federation * Member of Board and Councilor at Kanto Area University Student Karate-Do Federation * Chairman of Technical Committee at World Karate Federation
 
The Explanation of the Dojo - Kun
 
 

Build up and improve character
The ultimate goal of karate is to seek perfection through intense daily training by cultivating discipline, courtesy and endeavor. The other four principles of the Dojo-kun are the methods of which to achieve the ultimate goal.

Be straight and honest
This means to be sincere in everything you do. The true path of honesty lies through words of honor, always kept when given. To earn other people’s confidence, it is fundamental to keep promises and avoid lies.

Be purposeful.
Try hard in everything you do. You can’t be successful without being diligent. Nothing can be achieved in theory. Therefore, apply all of your efforts to achieve these goals. Here it is important to face what you have decided with great effort.

Respect others
The core of any system and order lies in courtesy and human qualities. Gratitude and respect to your opponent should be the common state of things, being at the same time courteous to yourself. Gratitude will let you draw the opponent’s sympathy and trust from the first glance. True human values emerge out of this courtesy, which, by no means, should be neglected.

Refrain from violent behavior.
Humans tend to be egotistical. One may lose temper after a minor incident and lash out at the other. A person might consider such behavior to be brave and valiant, but in truth is foolish. Those who practice karate and get angry over trivial things will disgrace the name of Karate-do. Anger should never mean that there is no room for a smile.

 
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