History Of The
Shikata Shotokan Karate
Shikata Shotokan Karate S.S.K. was established to promote the traditional and disciplined
Shotokan style of karate, to provide a place for the community and the families
of Offerton and Stockport to learn just what Shotokan Karate has to offer
and gain a healthier body and mind, to gain confidence,discipline in every
day life and self-defence in a disciplined way and have fun doing so,
All the instructors of the Shikata Shotokan Karate and Little Jags clubs are black
belts and pride themselves on giving the same attention to beginners as to
black belts all the instructors are still required to train with Sensei D
Grice to maintain there level of proficiency to teach with the Shikata Shotokan
Karate and Little Jags clubs.
All the Shikata Shotokan Karate instructors are fully insured.
Shikata Shotokan Karate and Little Jags Sensei D Grice 7th Dan.
Shikata Shotokan Karate and little jags Sensei M. Moore 4th Dan
Shikata Shotokan Karate and little jags Sensei C Moore 4th Dan
Funakoshi, known as the founder of modern karate, was a professor at the Okinawan
Teachers college and president of the Okinawan Association of Martial Art in
1922 he was invited to lecture and demonstrate the new art of karate at the
first national athletic exhibition in tokyo. The demonstration turned out to
be a great success. due to the inspiring personality of Master Funakoshi and
he was flooded with requests until he was able to establish the Shotokan in
1936 a great landmark in the history of karate.
Funakoshi Sensei was not only a genius in martial arts but also a litary
talent and signed his work Shoto, his pen name Hence the school where he taught
came to be known as Shoto's school of Shotokan he combined there techniques
and kata's other two major Okinawan styles to form his own style of karate.
As a result modern day Shotokan includes the powerful techniques of the Shofei
school and the lighter, more flexible movements of the Shorin school.
When the japan karate association was established in 1949. Gichin
Funakoshi was appointed as the chief instructor due to his advanced skills
and leadership capabilities. Although Funakoshi Sensei was famous as a great
karate master, he always emphasized that the most important benefit from karate
training is the development of spiritual values and the perfection of character
of its participant. After training and teaching karate for more than 75 years
. Master Funakoshi died in 1957 at the age of 88.
Enoeda was born in Kyushu, an island in the south of Japan, on july 4th 1935.
A strong and natural athlete, he initially took up baseball, kendo and judo
as did many of his contemporaries these being the popular sports in Japan at
that time. He proved particularly adept at judo and by the age of 16 he had
reached 2nd Dan however as is often the way fate guided him to a demonstration
by two top Karate exponents for the famous Takashoku University. The two Karate
ka Sensei Irea and Okazaki so impressed him that there and then he decided to
channel his energy into karate.
enrolled at Takashoku University joined the Karate section and within two years
was the proud holder of shodan. Another two years found him club captain. One
his teachers was the great Master and founder of modern Shotokan Karate, Funakoshi
Gichin, whose instruction and advice was a source of inspiration to him. He
graduated with a degree in economics before joining the J.K.A. instructors class
which he attended for three years, during which time his main instructor was
Sensei Nakayama. He also trained with many of the top Sensei or other schools
and styles of Karate. It this quality of instruction, combined with a fearsome
determination, which molded Sensei Enoeda into one of japans finest ever competitors
and instructors .Always a keen competitor Enoeda regularly entered the various
tournaments and achieved several victory's including the east university Karate
Championships. Then in 1961 he won third place in the kumite division of the
J.K.A. All Japan championships and also finished high in the kata event. The
following year he repeated his kata placing and moved another step up in the
Kumite by finishing second losing to Hiroshi Shirai and fellow J.K.A. instructors.
Then in 1963 after another years hard preparation Enoeda turned the tables on
Shirai in the kumite finals and became the all japan champion again being placed
as a kata finalist. In those days many credited Enoeda with possessing the strongest
punch in all japan, as a result of this tremendously powerful hip action and
constant practice on the makiwara.
Funakoshi the founder of modern karate-do.
Enoeda 9th Dan (the tiger) (1935-2003)
Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei (1913-1987
NAKAYAMA Masatoshi was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in japan and began practicing Karate iin 1932 after enrolling in Takushoku University in Tokyo. Where he trained under FUNAKOSHI Gichin Sensei and later under his son FUNAKOSHI Yoshitaka Sensei in 1949 Nakayama Sensei founded the Japan Karate Association with Funakoshi Sensei as chief instructor and together they created the JKA instructors course later. Nakayama Sensei established Karate competitions and also worked to spread Shotokan Karate throughout the world Nakayama Sensei wrote several books on karate among them the best Karate series.
A brief History of the Japan Karate Association
Originaly, the martial arts te ("Hand") developed in Okinawa as a system of self-defence Due to Okinawa Frequent contact and exchange with China,it is certain that the Okinawa martial arts was influence by Chinese kempo at some point during its development. Howe ever with only oral tradition and no formal contemporary records, it is not certain exactly when the art called Kara-Te first emerged in Okinawa,it is believed that developed roughly 500 years ago, when the dynasty King Shoha unified the region after decades of and issued an edict banning the possession of weapons on the island.
According to conventional account a similar law forbidding the possession or use of weapons was re-issued and enforest by the Satsums clan, who had invaded Okinawa in the early 1600s and brought it under the ruel of the Japanese Shogunate. It is belived that in this enviroment karate developed as a form of unarmed combat for protecting ones country and it was taught and practiced in secret.
Then came the birth in 1886 of Okinawan karate master Funakoshi Gichin. He dedicated his whole life to promoting the values of the arts, and introduced the way of karate-jutsu to Japan. where he spread across the county. By 1949 his followers had established an association for the promotion of karate, they called it nihon Karate Kyokai or Japan KarateAssociation. it was the beginning of the J.K.A.