Shotokan Karate

Rei to Love: Etiquette is Healthy and Good for Fighting

Karate Dō begins and ends with rei.Gichin Funakoshi Every Karateka is familiar with the first precept of Gichin Funakoshi – Karate Dō begins and ends with ‘rei’. Also probably nearly every Karateka agrees about the […]


Masatoshi Nakayama: The CEO of Shotokan Karate

By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski Masatoshi Nakayama was a unique personality in many regards. However, no person has done more to expand Shotokan karate around the the World than him. As a long time […]


Hirokazu Kanazawa: The Life of A Shotokan Legend

By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski For many Shotokan karateka Hirokazu Kanazawa is a living legend. His supporters place him behind Gichin Funakoshi and Masatoshi Nakayama in the hierarchy of the martial arts. However, […]

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Taiji Kase

Taiji Kase: 9 Fascinating Facts About His Life

By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski Taiji Kase lived a life of a libertine. Like no other, he chose his way of Karate dependent on his own interests and convictions. Younger generations might know […]

Gichin Funakoshi was the founder of Shotokan Karate Do. He coined the Shotokan Karate Philosophy in a pacifistic way.

Gichin Funakoshi: The Effects of the Wrong Translation of his Biography

The Importance of Gichin Funakoshi´s Autobiography for Shotokan Karate Today’s convictions about Shotokan Karate are predominantly based on karate literature. Gichin Funakoshi´s autobiography (1868–1957) has become one of the most popular and influentially books for […]


In Memoriam: A Best of Grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi

Today, marks the 62nd anniversary of grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi´s death († April 26, 1957). The Shotokan Times remembers him with a best of the Founder of Shotokan. We tried to find some good videos and […]