Brief History of ISKF Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate-Do, the Way of the Empty Hand, was devised by Gichin Funakoshi in the early part of the 20th century. The Art is a combination of older open-hand fighting techniques from Okinawa. Master Funakoshi combined the best elements of these techniques and included additional training methods that emphasized the balance of kata (training forms), kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring).
Master Funakoshi toured Japan in 1922, demonstrating karate and as a consequence the study of karate spread rapidly as karate clubs were established at many Japanese universities. Karate historians credit the popularity of Shotokan to the scientifically sound refinements of Master Funakoshi methods. Modern Shotokan karate techniques are based on a linear fighting style that highlights power and speed. Character development is an integral part of the study of Shotokan Karate.
In April 2007, following concerns that the JKA had not been conducting itself in the manner appropriate to the teachings of Master Funakoshi, Okazaki proposed, as chief instructor of the ISKF, termination of the ISKF's relationship with the JKA and formed an external independent body. Today, the ISKF has more than 50,000 members worldwide, representing over 40 countries.