1936 the Shotokan Dojo is inaugurated, headquarters for Master Gichin Funakoshi's
1949 Isao Obata establishes the Nihon Karate Kyokai, as a means to help
Master Funakoshi in the development of Karate-do. Even though initially
the idea was that the association should include all groups, this did not
occur. Neither did all of Gichin Funakoshi's students become part of it,
for example Shigeru Egami and Genshin Hironishi.
the end of the 40's and the beginning of the 50's strong friction arises
within the NKK due to the commercialization of Karate-do. The great masters
cut links with the NKK, that finally ends up in the hands of the Takushoku
1951 Shotokai reunites, and the association formalizes its existence as
an association in 1956. Founders: Gichin Funakoshi, Shigeru Egami and Genshin
Hironishi. Objective: to preserve the true Karate-do, without considering
it a sport.
1957: Master Gichin Funakoshi dies. Shotokai organizes the funeral (the
NKK does not assist). Gichin Funakoshi's family delivers the legacy of O-sensei's
documents, the Shotokan and Shotokai names and his symbol (the tiger) to
Shotokai, as were his wishes.
Egami & Genshin Hironishi share the responsibility of directing Shotokai.
1981, Master Shigeru Egami dies. Genshin Hironishi continues to direct Shotokai
together with his older students.