Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF)

SKIF was founded in 1977 by Kanazawa. It has become one of the world’s largest and finest karate organizations with over 2 million members in more than 100 countries. Read More

Dojo Etiquette

Courtesy and respect are key elements in karate training and conduct. How we act is how others perceive us. Here are some general rules of conduct  Read More

Guiding Principles of Karate

Gichin Funakoshi (1868 – 1957), the “father of karate,” once said “The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” Read More

History of Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate is one of the oldest and most popular styles of Karate. It was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) on the island of Okinawa. Read More

What Does “Shotokan” Mean?

Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of our system of martial arts, was a scholar and writer who used the pen name “Shoto.” Read More

The Shotokan Tiger Symbol

When a student of karate hears the term “Shotokan Tiger,” one image comes to mind: the traditional symbol of the tiger inside the circle which has become representative of Shotokan Karate. Read More

The Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun is a five point statement of principles or guidelines for the Karate practitioner’s conduct. Read More

Karate Terminology

A list of Karate terms, commands, directions and various techniques. Read More

Shotokan Kata Instructional Videos (Kanazawa)

These videos feature Kata demonstrated by the world famous shotokan master Hirokazu Kanazawa, head of SKIF (Shotokan Karate International Federation). Read More

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