At Mizu Karate Academy we practise and teach traditional SHOTOKAN KARATE and are affiliated to the Independent Martial Arts Sports Association IMASA. Shotokan Karate is a minimal contact Martial Art based on the principles and teachings of its founder Gichin Funakoshi. (1868-1957). The Okinawa Master is the creator of modern Karate.
The name “Shotokan” was the name of the first official dojo (Training Hall) built by Gichin Funakoshi, in 1936.
The Word “Shoto” depicts the way pine needles move when the wind blows through them. “Shoto” was the pen name used by Gichin Funakoshi in his philosophical messages and poems to his students.
Funakoshi’s students created a sign “Shoto-kan” which was placed above the entrance of the hall where Funakoshi taught his students. The name was since adopted to refer to Funakoshi’s system of Karate.
Shotokan is often regarded as a 'hard' and 'external' martial art style because strong movements are emphasised and it is taught that way to beginners and coloured belts in order to develop strong basic techniques and stances. As the Karateka progresses however, slower, more fluid movements are developed.