About Shotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do also known as a “father of modern karate” introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922.

About Shotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do also known as a “father of modern karate” introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922.

The Japanese Karate Association (JKA) or Nihon Karate Kyokai was formed by his followers in 1949 with Gichin Funakoshi as Supreme Master.  The JKA was awarded official recognition in 1957 whereby it became a legal entity. Shortly after this event Master Funakoshi passed away at the age of 89.

The JKA formed an elite instructor programme and sent its highly accomplished elite instructors overseas to teach and establish dojo. Sensei Gill has been honoured to have been the 4th generation to have trained with some of Gichin Funakoshi’s descendants of Japanese Karate Association (JKA).

Sensei Gill has been fortunate enough to have trained with many of the JKA elite karate masters, to mention a few:

  • Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa
  • Sensei Shiro Asano
  • Sensei Sadashige Kato
  • Sensei Hiroshi Sharai
  • Sensei Kawazoe

“The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants”
― Gichin Funakoshi