The goal of this site is to provide members of the ASKF and those interested in
Shotokan Karate with information about the ASKF and Karate in general.
This site has several main areas: Clubs contains homepages for the various
local ASKF clubs with contact information, training schedules, and other items
of interest. Events is a listing of upcoming events and event
information. History has brief overviews of the origins of Shotokan
Karate and a mini-biography of Shotokan's founder, Master Gichin
Funakoshi. Dojo has topics like karate terminology, kata
descriptions, ASKF belt rankings, rank exam requirements, customs and
courtesy, and tournament scoring. Links has links to other on-line sites
of interest and suggested reading materials. Members contains areas of
interest to registered ASKF members.
The American Shotokan Karate Federation is a non-profit association of clubs
devoted to providing low-cost, high-quality instruction in traditional Okinawan
karate of the Shotokan school. The ASKF was founded in 1983 by Richard
Gould sensei, with the goal of providing American practitioners of
karate the opportunity to learn karate from world-class instructors in local
clubs at the lowest possible tuition. Since it's inception the ASKF has
remained committed to the development of strength of all individuals in the
organization through the highest level of karate instruction.
Other founding members of the ASKF include Tom Langrehr, Jerry Larson, Stu
Giere, Twyla Fritz, Ron Trimble, Doug Scheible, Doug Raitz, Al Morland, and
Richard Gould sensei- National Director
Shotokan karate is the system of Okinawan karate founded by Gichin Funakoshi.
The name Shotokan translates to "Shoto's Place", and was the name of Master
Funakoshi's first permanent dojo. Shoto was the pen name used by
Master Funakoshi in his writing. The name was taken from the Japanese
word shoto which means "pine-waves". Master Funakoshi choose this
for his pen name as it reminded him of the sound the wind made in the pines on
Mount Torao, where he would go to meditate. The word torao means
"tiger's tail", and the mountain was called this because it resembled a tiger's
tail from a distance. The tiger symbol of the Shotokan school is
reminiscent of this special place.
All the content on this site is provided for non-commercial,
educational purposes. Information on this site may be used with
permission except as noted. This site may include copyrighted materials
which are used here for educational purposes under the fair-use provisions of
US Code Title 17, Sec. 107.