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Our Association

With a 40-year history Haxby Shotokan Karate Club has a proud long list of affiliations over the years, and for the past 11 years we have been proudly affiliated with the Japan Karate Shoto Federation through affiliation with JKS England leading back to direct roots in Japan.

The history of the JKS goes back to the early 1900s when Funakoshi Sensei the founder of the Shotokan style of karate brought it to mainland Japan from Okinawa. Moving into the mid-1900s shortly after the war Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei further developed the style, with new teaching techniques to bring it into universities, and developed the first competition rules and guidelines.

Modern JKS style Shotokan karate was inherited by Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei when he first established the JKS, driving in a modern era of Shotokan , where he used extensive rotation and whip like hip actions to generate power through all limbs making the style even more powerful than before, but as well as this development in technique he also developed unique Kata only practiced by the JKS, these are formed of 26 koten Kata and the five Junro kata from Shodan to Godan.

After his passing in 2006 the leadership of the association given to our current chief instructor Masao Kagawa Shihan and under his guidance the association and style continues to blossom and grow.

Being part of such a historical and ever-changing association is a great privilege for HSKC and allows us the opportunity to support and help all our members embrace what karate is while providing them with every opportunity to train with some of the best instructors the country and the world has to offer


Kagawa Shihan teaching in Nottingham 
Photo Credit:  Robert Graham

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