Some interesting entry level facts about Shotokan Karate:
Shotokan Karate on Wikipedia
Shotokan Karate was founded in 1936.
Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957)
and his son:
Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945).
The most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.
This is interesting. Over the years I have learned that many colleges and universities have Karate Clubs. Turns out the founders implemented Karate Clubs in Japan:
“Promoting the development of university karate clubs”
As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.
‘Shoto’ meaning “pine-waves” (the movement of pine needles when the wind blows through them), was Funakoshi’s pen-name which he used in his poetic and philosophical writings and messages to his students.
I take it there are pine trees in Japan?
Five philosophical rules for training in the dojo;
1. Seek perfection of character
2. Be faithful
3. Endeavor to excel
4. Respect others
5. Refrain from violent behaviour.
“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.”