About JKS Nordtirol Karate Club
Karate is a Japanese martial arts. It is assumed to originate in the 19th century the island of Okinawa. Karate means empty hand. At the beginning it was also known as Chinese hand as the word "Kara" means both "empty" as well as "Chinese". At the beginning it was categorised based on the area name of the island where it was practiced, namely Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te.
Presently there are 4 main styles of Karate:
Shotokan is one of the major styles of Karate. The style was named after it's founder Gichin Funakoshi's pen name Shoto. Gichin Funakoshi is also called as the father of modern karate. He was the one who brought karate from the island of Okinawa to mainland of Japan and brought the art in front of the world. Now the art is practised in most of the countries of the world.
Japan Karate Shoto Federation is one of the most prestigious organisation of Shotokan karate. It was built in 2003 by Shihan Tetshuhiko Asai and his followers after the big split of Japan Karate Association. After the death of Asai Shihan, the organisation is lead by his most favourite student and world champion Shihan Masao Kagawa. Now the organisation is known to be as one of the best Shotokan organisation to have a best mixture of the traditional karate and sports karate.
At present the classes in Innsbruck are run by the bellow instructors:
Shihan Dragan Leiler
Shihan Dragan Leiler is at present 7th DAN and one of the national coach of Karate Austria. He is a visiting instructor to the club.
Stiff Roy started karate in 1996 and got his first black belt in 2000. At present he is a 4th DAN Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.
Raja Ahmadian started karate in 1964 and got his first black belt in 1968. At present he is a 4th DAN Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.