HISTORY OF KARATE
Karate, “The art of empty hands”, was developed by the Okinawans in
response to a ban on the possession of weapons by Japanese warlords. When
Okinawa was united with Japan, a master named Gichin Funakoshi was invited
to display his skills to the Japanese. His skills impressed Jigaro Kano,
the founder of Judo, and Funakoshi stayed to teach. In turn, Funakoshi
learned from Kano and developed a code of conduct to his art and called it
Karate. He founded a school called Shotokan, and this style of Karate
remains the most widely practiced today.
Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF)
HKA, IKFF, OKKKU
National Karate-do Federation
national governing body and educational resource
for the sport of Karate.
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Shotokan Karate of
A non-profit organization teaching traditional karate-do in
the United States since 1955
Japan Karate Association of Boston
Traditional Shotokan Karate