Shotokan (Old Style)


When the name Shotokan (Pine Waves Hall) was first applied to Gichin Funakoshi’s style of karate, these characters were used to write the name. Later, a new character was substituted to comply with modern usage.


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It is interesting to note that it was on the island of Onoyama that the wind blowing the tall pine trees that caused their branched to form waves as they moved that inspired Gichin Funakoshi to choose “Shoto” for his pen name. Onoyama is now linked to the mainland by reclaimed land and a causeway across which karate students attending the regular CFA seminars in October cross from Tsuboya monorail station to the dojo of the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan.

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Gyosho, Kaisho


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Left Chest, Lower Lapel