The foremost aim of karate-do as a martial art is to build up an individual’s character. It means the tough karate technique practice unites the mind and body in an infinite way of self-culture. Therefore, daily practice of karate-do should not be dedicated solely to superiority of technique and power, but to foster mutual respect among students, regardless of age and gender.
Japan Karate Shoto Federation arranges its students’ trainings with regard to their karate proficiency level and personal goals. With a new motto: “Lifelong Karate-do”, JKS organization promotes and expands the art of empty hand among different age and social groups, aiming to improve society as a whole.
Japan Karate Shoto Federation owes its existence to three great founders: Funakoshi Gichin, Nakayama Masatoshi and Asai Tetsuhiko. At present, our predecessors’ intentions have been taken over by our present chief instructor Shihan Kagawa Masao. Thanks to his efforts, Japan Karate Shoto Federation continuous to gain and prosper.
Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan style, brought the style from Okinawa to mainland Japan in 1922. He adapted the original Okinawan martial art of Tode Jutsu into karate-do to match the Japanese martial art standard of Budo and made it suitable for the university curriculum in mainland Japan.
After the Second World War his disciple, Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei, had significantly developed the karate of Funakoshi Sensei. Repeating movements after the instructor was the basic method of Okinawa karate. To make this approach systematic Nakayama Sensei standardized fundamental techniques, adopted scientifically based training methods and established competition rules. All those innovations created the basis of present day karate.
The former JKS Chief Instructor, Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, inherited modern karate from Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei and gave it a new perspective. In 2000, Asai Sensei established Japan Karate Shoto Federation in order to further develop the Budo karate evolution. He created new unique katas, practiced only by JKS members. They were Junro kata series, from Shodan to Godan, 17 Koten kata. He also launched innovative and daring wheelchair karate practice for people with reduced mobility.
Asai Sensei enriched Karate-do by intensive rotation movements and whip-like actions of body limbs. His vision of Budo karate had been projected over Junro and Koten katas, which meant powerful techniques through total control over body motion. Being seriously ill, the 71 year old Asai Sensei was capable of demonstrating breathtaking speed and power. He claimed that, even senior people with weaken muscular strength were able to produce explosive motions whether it be a kick or a punch.On the passing of Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, Masao Kagawa Shihan took over the responsibility of JKS Chief Instructor.
The concept of Kagawa Shihan lies in the development of traditional Shotokan karate based winning methods to be used in national and international championship participation. Therefore, the fundamental Shotokan principles of dynamics and power implementation were adapted for international competition practice. After a certain time of trial, this approach resulted into a solid winning formula.
Fused by Kagawa Shihan, the strength of Budo and the aspiration to tournament success underpin the core of modern Karate development.