Japan Karate Shoto Federation owes its existence to three great founders: Funakoshi Gichin, Nakayama Masatoshi and Asai Tetsuhiko. At present, our predecessors’ intentions have been taken over by our present chief instructor Shihan Kagawa Masao. Thanks to his efforts, Japan Karate Shoto Federation continuous to gain and prosper.

Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan style, brought the style from Okinawa to mainland Japan in 1922. He adapted the original Okinawan martial art of Tode Jutsu into karate-do to match the Japanese martial art standard of Budo and made it suitable for the university curriculum in mainland Japan.

After the Second World War his disciple, Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei, had significantly developed the karate of Funakoshi Sensei. Repeating movements after the instructor was the basic method of Okinawa karate. To make this approach systematic Nakayama Sensei standardized fundamental techniques, adopted scientifically based training methods and established competition rules. All those innovations created the basis of present day karate.

The former JKS Chief Instructor, Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, inherited modern karate from Nakayama Masatoshi Sensei and gave it a new perspective. In 2000, Asai Sensei established Japan Karate Shoto Federation in order to further develop the Budo karate evolution. He created new unique katas, practiced only by JKS members. They were Junro kata series, from Shodan to Godan, 17 Koten kata. He also launched innovative and daring wheelchair karate practice for people with reduced mobility.

Asai Sensei enriched Karate-do by intensive rotation movements and whip-like actions of body limbs. His vision of Budo karate had been projected over Junro and Koten katas, which meant powerful techniques through total control over body motion. Being seriously ill, the 71 year old Asai Sensei was capable of demonstrating breathtaking speed and power. He claimed that, even senior people with weaken muscular strength were able to produce explosive motions whether it be a kick or a punch.On the passing of Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei, Masao Kagawa Shihan took over the responsibility of JKS Chief Instructor.

The concept of Kagawa Shihan lies in the development of traditional Shotokan karate based winning methods to be used in national and international championship participation. Therefore, the fundamental Shotokan principles of dynamics and power implementation were adapted for international competition practice. After a certain time of trial, this approach resulted into a solid winning formula.

Fused by Kagawa Shihan, the strength of Budo and the aspiration to tournament success underpin the core of modern Karate development.



Norman Robinson – 9th Dan (Chief Instructor)

Shihan Norman Robinson has been studying the martial arts as long as he could remember. He started with Judo and later studied karate from books. Shihan Norman and Sensei Stan Schmidt pioneered JKS in South Africa. Shihan Norman is the founder of JKS in South Africa. Contact cell: 082 957 1903 email: nrobinson@jks.org.za Dojo: Hoitsugan Dojo – Randburg

André Kok – 8th Dan

Shihan André trained with Sensei Stan Schmidt and Sensei Malcolm Dorfman. In 1992, he joined Shihan Norman’s dojo. Shihan André graded for 5th, 6th and 7th Dan in front of a Japanese panel headed by Asai Shihan and Kagawa Shihan. Shihan André graded to 8th Dan in 2016 and is currently the technical director of JKS South Africa. Contact cell: 071 491 1864 email: andrekok@jkskarate.co.za Dojo: Karate School of Champions – Valhalla

Lourencia Kok – 7th Dan

Lourencia Sensei started karate with her older sister at age 15. After grading for orange belt, her sister lost interest while she fell in love with the art and never turned back. When they graded to orange, they started free fighting in the dojo, her sister didn’t want to and Lourencia Sensei couldn’t wait for floor time. Her sister said there is a “Bruce Lee” training at the club, she must come train with her. This “Bruce Lee” was Andre Sensei. Lourencia Sensei graded to 7th Dan in 2016, the first woman in the style worldwide to have achieved this level. Contact cell: 082 970 9259 email: lkok@jkskarate.co.za Dojo: Karate School of Champions – Valhalla

Masao Kagawa Shihan, 9th Dan

The current senior director still is Masao Kagawa Sensei. He too has reached the highest level of instructor at JKA and has great knowledge and technical skills.These he has shown by reaching all kinds of national and international karate- titles on the Tatami. Sensei Kagawa is seen as the best instructor in Japan, where he is giving all his energy and love for karate in the JKS Hombu Dojo and is leading the national team of JKS. Because of his skills and his understanding of Asai Shihan karate he is the best person to take JKS to the next level. Japan Karate Shotorenmei (JKS)Benelux comes directly under JKS Japan