Shotokan Karate was founded by Gichin Funakoshi in 1936. Gichin Funakoshi (1868.11.10 – 1957.4.26), from Shuri, Okinawa, is regarded as the ancestor of modern Karate.
The name “Shotokan” is derived from Gichin Funakoshi’s pen name, “Shoto”. After creating the school, Funakoshi just called it Karate instead of naming it a specific name. In 1921, he introduced his Karate to the Japanese mainland. To honour their teacher, Funakoshi’s students created the name, Shotokan.
Since its foundation, Shotokan has grown to be the biggest style of Karate all over the world. After Funakoshi passed away in 1957, lots of small organizations came into being operating under the Shotokan name.
Shotokan Karate is characterized by powerful movements and a steady, deep horse stance. Its characteristics are kind of like that of Northern Shaolin Fist of Chinese Martial Arts. Due to its big movement range and simplicity, it was widely adopted among Karate lovers in Europe and America.
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Here’s a video of masters demonstrating Shotokan Karate. You can clearly see the hard, powerful movements being well displayed.