About Us


Shotokan Traditional Karate-do Australia (STKA) is a friendly, family-orientated karate association that practices and teaches traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate. We have been training and had dojos on the Gold Coast for around 30 years and have recently opened a dojo in the Gympie region.

We are a Budo karate association focusing on traditional karate practices and practical self-defence.

Our Style of Shotokan Karate is directly descending from Master Hirokazu Kanazawa and Master Gichin Funakoshi.


Karate History


Birthplace of Karate

Many historians believe that the Traditional Karate-do practice today stems from martial arts developed in China several thousand years ago. The exact root cannot be traced since there are no reliable written records. There is a well-known legend that a Buddhist monk introduced a form of martial arts for health and self-defense to the monks of Shaolin Temple. From there the Chinese martial arts developed into numerous "external" and "internal" styles. 
Due to active commerce and trade between the Ryukyu kingdom (Okinawa) and China, the arts eventually spread to Okinawa where it underwent further development and changes. This is believed to have started during the peak of the Ryukyu kingdom, around the 1500's.

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Evolution of Karate

Master Gichin Funakoshi formally introduced a style of Okinawan fighting arts, known as Okinawa-Te (later known as Karate) to mainland Japan in 1917 where the art of Karate soon became popular. Master Hidetaka Nishiyama, explains that the ancient native Japanese hand-to-hand fighting techniques jujitsu and kendo (sword fighting) were also being widely practiced, and modern sports imported from the West were rapidly becoming popular. Karate soon took over many elements of both of these, and the basis was laid for the modern Japanese-style karate. 

Master Gichin Funakoshi, believed that all styles be generically termed Karate-do, so he never claimed a name for his style. However, due to popularisation of Karate outside Japan and his students' desire to distinguish his system from others, many adapted Master Funakoshi's dojo (school) name, Shotokan, to identify the style. 
SHOTOKAN - Pine waves, the wind in the trees at Mount Torao (Tiger's Tail) 
KARATE-DO - The way of the empty hand


Formation of JKA

In 1948 the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was formed. The JKA organized an instructor-training program that began sending Karate instructors throughout the world; one of these famous instructors was Hirokazu Kanazawa. In 1978 Master Hirokazu Kanazawa split with the JKA and formed the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) which is now the largest shotokan karate organisation in the world, with in excess of two and a half million members worldwide, in one hundred and twenty countries.

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Karate Affiliations

STKA is an independent karate association. We are affiliated with the Australian Federation of Traditional Karate (AFTK) and other independent karate styles and associations.


Australian Federation of Traditional Karate (AFTK)

The AFTK is a national instructors association and welcomes karate-ka from all traditional styles.


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Coastal Shotokan Karate Australia

Chris Hoath
Secret Harbour, WA

0412 601 889