The Story of American Shotokan Karate Federation
A Brief History of Shotokan Karate
Karate originates from the island of Okinawa. Okinawa itself is a small island at the southernmost point of the chain of islands that comprise modern-day Japan. It is situated 400 nautical miles east of mainland China, 300 nautical miles south of mainland Japan, and an equal distance north of Taiwan. Being at the crossroads of major trading routes, its significance as a “resting spot” was first discovered by the Japanese.