History
TRADITIONAL SHOTO-KAI
SHOTOKAI Shotokai is the name of the association launched by Gichin Funakoshi originally in 1930. The name Shotokai is formed by three ideograms or kanji. The first one “Sho” denotes a Pine, the second one “To” means wave and the third one “Kai” means association or organization. But Japanese ideograms do not only represent isolated word, normally they denote things that are not expressed completely even in a few words. In this context Shoto is a pseudonym that Gichin Funakoshi chose to sign his poems and literary works. Shoto denotes the sound that is generated when the wind blows through pine needles, a sort of wave sound. Gichin Funakoshi enjoyed to meditate in pine forests. Thus Shotokai is the Association of Shoto, that is Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Association. Which he presided until his death in 26th April, 1957, the only association he actually represented at the moment of his death. According to the wishes of Master Funakoshi’s oldest son, Giei, the Shotokai (seniors were Genshin Hironishi and Shigeru Egami) was to conduct the funeral. Master Shigeru Egami defined the broad outlines of the new way of practising that he developed after having, in a number of tests, discovered the inefficiency of the karate method developed by other schools until that time and promoted the SHOTOKAI.
Thus in 1936 THE GREAT JAPAN KARATE-DO SHOTOKAI was created. In this organisation Funakoshi Gichin was given the title of Chairman while Yoshitaka received that of Vice-Chairman.
Subsequently, this organisation duly collected the necessary funds and in 1938 the dojo was eventually built, while the official inauguration occurred one year later, in January 1939, on which occasion the place was then given the name: JAPAN KARATE-DO SHOTOKAI.