Karate is one of the most widely practicing martial arts form in the world. Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counter attacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual. This is facilitated by the discipline and persistent effort required in training. If Karate had to be described in only one sentence, then the most suitable one may arguably be “You never attack first in karate.” This is a maxim of Gichin Funakoshi(1868 – 1957), the Okinawan who brought karate to Japan, and who is accepted as the father of modern karate.
The word karate is a combination of two words (Chinese characters): kara meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus karate means ‘empty hand.” Adding the suffix –“do”, meaning “the way/path”, so karate-do, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications. In traditional karate-do, one is supposed to compete and strive to excel against him/herself.
Shotokan is the main and mostly practicing karate style in japan. Shotokan Karate is characterized by powerful linear techniques and deep strong stances. Shoto means “Pine Waves” and Kan means “House” or “Hall”. So the word Shotokan means “Hall of Shoto” (Hall of Pine Waves)
Kanninjuku Shotokan Karate is one among the well-known Shotokan Karate styles in Japan, named as “Japan Shotokan Karate Do Kanninjuku Organization” and its headquarters at Hokaido – Japan, Headed by Soke Kyochi Yamamura (Founder and Grand Master) Ex Co-Chairman Referee Commission “Asian Karate-Do Federation” & Member-Referee Commission “World Karate-Do Federation”