Karate Do Shotokai, Budo and Martial Arts

Resource on Shotokai, Budo and Karate in general, an extensive and in-depth bilingual source on traditional Japanese Martial Arts. Information includes texts and photos on Shotokai, Budo and definitions, history and general information including other main Japanese Budo arts.
Many megabytes in pictures and images and hundreds of text pages, detailed references to philosophy which are the foundations of martial practice, including, important Master interviews, video references, kata, techniques and moves, school belt levels, bibliography, some essays, articles and original Master texts, the history of the Shotokan Dojo, Budo Masters Gichin Funakoshi, Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi, Shigeru Egami and much much more.


  • Kata Videos, a series of the basic kata videos by Tomoji Miyamoto y presence of Egami at the Shotokan Dojo, Shotokai’s Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.

Shotokai Information

*Welcome to Shotokai.com a site centered on traditional Budo.
*Dojo Kun – a classic series of rules for dojo training.
*Shoto Niju Kun – Twenty rules or guidelines for your training by Gichin Funakoshi.

General Shotokai Information


*Shotokai Kata
*Technical descriptions (Shizentai, Tsuki, Kata, Uke , etc., etc.)
*Another way, the non-contraction way in Karate-do
*Karate Videos
*Animated karate images
*An Effective Tuski by Shigeru Egami
*Breathing by Atsuo Hiruma – important information for your martial arts training.
*Photo Gallery – hundreds of photos, drawings and more.

Karate: Budo or Sport?

Budo and Sport, Genshin Hironishi Interview
What is the origin of Shotokai?, Tetsuji Murakami Interview
Master Kyooka, Opinions on Karate and Sports.
What is Budo?, by Taisen Deshimaru.
Seven principles, by Taisen Deshimaru.
Martial Arts as Sports?, interview; Taisen Deshimaru.


Master Biographies

General Philosophical Information

What is Budo?
The Budo Kensho, respectfully reproduced from the Budo Charter
What is Bushido?
Seven Principles, by Taisen Deshimaru
Philosophical foundations of the Martial Arts

A talk with Zen Master Taisen Deshimaru:

Martial Arts as spiritual and pyschological training, excerpt of book by Peter Payne.
Introduction The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, George Leonard
What is Peace, legend by Arun Gandhi
Searching for the bull, Zen story
Preface of the Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra draws parallels between modern physics and Oriental philosophies
Unmoving Wisdom, Master Taisen Deshimaru, a well known and respected Zen Master
Memorable Quotes by different Masters and Teachers.

Online since September 15, 1995