"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat,
but in the perfection of the characters of its participants." – Gichin Funakoshi
Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) is the non-profit organization with which our dojo is affiliated. Tsutomu Ohshima is the founder and Shihan (Chief Instructor) of SKA, and is also recognized as chief instructor of many other international Shotokan organizations. Ohshima Sensei’s branch of the Shotokan world has become known as Shotokan Ohshima Karate.
Ohshima Sensei’s distinguished association with Shotokan karate began at Waseda University, beginning in 1948. While he was there he trained directly under the Shotokan style’s founder, Master Funakoshi, until 1953. In 1955, Ohshima Sensei left Japan for Los Angeles, CA to study at UCS. He led his first U.S. karate practice in 1956, later founding the first university karate club in the U.S. at Caltech in 1957 and the Southern California Karate Association in 1959.
Ohshima Sensei's black belt instructors founded many other dojos across the country, thus the organization was incorporated as Shotokan Karate of America in 1969. The organization is still headquartered in Los Angeles and the main Shotokan Ohshima Dojo was built on the hills of Santa Barbara, CA in 2000.
Visit the official Shotokan Karate of America website for more information about the history of Ohshima Sensei and Shotokan Ohshima Karate.