Origin of Shotokan Karate
Karate is a system of self defence and physical culture originating in Okinawa and Japan where it was developed and refined. The meaning of karate is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand), signifying that its practitioners (Karateka) are unarmed (empty-handed), using only their hands and feet for blocking and striking. When training this martial art is performed in an environment and code (Dojo Kun) based on Japanese cultural practices, which are explained in more detail further on.
There are various styles of Karate and Shotokan is the most popular and widely practiced style in the world. The originator of Shotokan was Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan school teacher, who first demonstrated his style of Karate in Japan in 1921. The following year he moved to Japan to teach and was elected honorary Head of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) when it was formed in 1949.
Establishment of the TSKA
The TSKA was formed in July 1993, to promote the style of Shotokan Karate, be non-political and friendly whilst maintaining high technical standards. It has established itself as a National Association as we as a respected and leading authority in the field of modern educational and safe karate.
The intention of the TSKA is to promote and practice traditional karate at all levels. A highly developed physical art, karate makes maximum use of all parts of the body in a dynamic system of self-defence. It provides excellent all-round physical exercise, developing agility, self-control and mental discipline. The rigorous training fosters the spirit of perseverance and effort.