USKF History

The United Shotokan Karate Federation was started in 2002 with aim of developing traditional shotokan karate in Ireland, with the emphasis on the student and not politics. The Organisation strives to pursue the upmost professionalism and honesty in every aspect of karate, from tuition to competing both Nationally and Internationally.

The Organisation started off with two clubs from Blanchardstown and Lucan. The Blanchardstown Shotokan Karate Club was started in 1990 in Corduff, a small parish in the suburbs of Dublin. The club was started by Sensei David Royle who holds a fourth Dan grade with the Japanese Karate Association.

The Lucan Shotokan Karate Club was only started in 2001, although the instructor, Sensei Mick Sherlock, who also holds a fifth Dan grade, and has been a senior instructor for many years. Both clubs are members of the United Shotokan Karate Federation (USKF) and are affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB).

Since 2002 the Organisation has grown rapidly to over ten clubs throughout the Dublin area, with new clubs opening and affiliating all the time.

 KUGB History

KUGB - Has over 400 clubs, all of which practice Shotokan Karate. It was established in 1966 as a democratic and non-profit making organisation for the development of Shotokan Karate and is affiliated to European and World Shotokan Karate Bodies. It has clubs established in many Sports Centres, Universities and Schools

 A Brief History Of Shotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi


Although the ancient origins of karate are extremely vague, we do know that about 1400 years ago, Daruma (Bodhidharma), the founder of Zen Buddhism, used techniques basic to karate. According to legend, Daruma traveled from India to China to teach Buddhism. His training methods were so demanding that his disciples dropped from exhaustion. In order to build up their strength and endurance, he developed a method of training the mind and body. His training was taught in the monastery of the Shaolin Temple in China, where the techniques were refined and developed into fighting forms known as Shaolin Boxing.

In the 16th Century, Shaolin Boxing found its way to Okinawa from China. It combined with native Okinawan techniques to develop into several Okinawan styles. During several periods of Okinawan history, the owning and carrying of weapons was banned. Each ban resulted in great advancements in the techniques of unarmed combat. Secret training flourished, and the styles became more efficient and deadly.

This fighting system became known as Okinawa-te (Okinawa hand), then karate (empty hand), and finally karate-do (the way of the empty hand).

There were originally three styles of Okinawa-te, named for the towns where they were located: Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te. Shotokan karate is a modern Japanese style, descended from these traditional Okinawan styles.

Gichin Funakoshi is widely regarded as the father of modern karate and is certainly the father of Japanese karate. He was an Okinawan schoolteacher and an enthusiastic karate-ka. Born in 1868, he began to study karate at the age of 11, and was a student of the two greatest masters of the time, Yasutsune Azato (1827-1906) and Yasutsune Itosu (1830-1915). He grew so proficient that he was initiated into all the major styles of karate in Okinawa at the time.

In 1916 he gave a demonstration to the Butokuden in Kyoto, Japan, which at that time was the official center of all martial arts. On March 6, 1921, the Crown Prince, who was later to become the Emperor of Japan, visited Okinawa and Master Funakoshi was asked to demonstrate karate. In the early spring of 1922 Master Funakoshi traveled to Tokyo to present his art at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo organized by the Ministry of Education. He was strongly urged by several eminent groups and individuals to remain in Japan, and indeed he never did return to Okinawa.

Master Funakoshi taught only one method, a total discipline, which represented a synthesis of Okinawan karate styles. This method became known as Shotokan, literally the clan or the house of Shoto (which was the Master's pen name for his poetry and calligraphy). Shoto means waving pine. Funakoshi selected this name as a pen name because he enjoyed hearing the sound of the wind through the pine trees as he took evening walks in Okinawa.

In 1936, Funakoshi built his first dojo in Tokyo. His students named it the Shotokan, meaning Shoto's club. Funakoshi did not actually name his style of karate, but the name of the dojo came to be associated with the style itself.

Master Funakoshi died on 26 April 1957. During his lifetime, he trained many famous students, including Shigeru Egami, Masatoshi Nakayama, Keinosuke Enoeda, Tsutomu Oshima, Hidetaka Nishiyama and Teruyuki Okazaki.

From Japan shotokan has spread worldwide, including Ireland where it is practiced by several organisations, all affiliated to the Japan Karate Association.



 JKA Timeline

May,1948 From organized a Japan Karatedo Association.
Sensei Gichin Funakoshi assumed the top of Shihan of Japan Karatedo Association.

20-March,1955 The administerative Dojo of Japan Karatedo Association billed at Yostuya(Shinjuku,Tokyo).

April,1956 The training system started in the administerative Dojo,and the first trainees were given training in there.

26-April,1957 Sensei Gichin Funakoshi passed away at the age of 88.

20-October,1957 The first national championship in Japan of karatedo at Tokyo public hall.

10-April,1958 It was blessed with a permit of corporation by the Minister for Education.(Permition No,180)

1958, Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama assumed the top of Shihan of Japan Karatedo Association.

1961, The 5th national championship opened with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince in attendance.

1962, The national championship in a karatedo tournament opened at Fukuoka-city(Kyusyu area).
If was hold first to 8th after

1964, The nation championship was been called off to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic.

1965, the 8th national championchips held at Nippon Budokan.

1975, The IAKF world cup opened in America.
From then,the IAKF world cup is held every other year.

20-April,1976 Sensei Minoru Miyata (the second of Shihan of JKA)
passed away at 60.

1983, The traning camp sponsored by Shihankai.
From then, the traning runs each year,

1985, The Shoto world Cup opened in Nippon Budokan.
The Shoto world Cup is held every other year.

15-April,1987 Sensei Masatoshi passed away 74.

1992, Sensei,Motokuni Sugiura assumed the top of Shihan of JKA.