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The Shotokan Karatedo of Japan Federation - SKJF is comprised of
many Shotokan Ryu Yudansha, Dojo Sensei and their students, who
continue to seek out the way of Master Gichin Funakoshi.
This special collective of all who follow Master Funakoshi's own
"special school" is known in Japan as the Shoto-Juku-Kai. Translated
literally into English, ShotoJukuKai means "The Association of
Special Schools of the Followers of Pine Waves."
"ShotoKan" -vs- "ShotoJuku"
In order to understand the differences and similarities, one must take
a brief look at the history of Shotokan in general. As most are aware
the name ShotoKan refers directly to the name of "style or system"
directly associated with Gichin Funakoshi. Although Funakoshi
decided to stay in Japan in April 1922, he deeply wanted his art
"Tode" simply called "Karate" and later "Karatedo". Despite his
wishes, Funakoshi's pen name "Shoto" meaning "Pine Waves" was
adopted by his students when they named the first free standing Dojo
in 1939. They called it the "ShotoKan" meaning 'Pine Waves Hall."
In doing so, these students branded a label on what was taught inside.
From that moment on, Funakoshi's art was now called "ShotoKan
This was not to be the only change that occurred. During that same time
period the Imperial Japanese war machine was put into high gear and
changed the course of history. Not just for Japan and the rest of the
world, but in the Shotokan Dojo as well. For what was then being
taught inside the Dojo and many University Shotokan Clubs was now
becoming streamlined into an effective style of unarmed combat.
Funakoshi himself advised students going off to war to use the
"Karate Charge" if they faced the enemy unarmed.
During this process. Funakoshi opted to abandon some of the
practices involving weapons brought to Japan from Okinawa in 1922.
The weapons of "KOBUDO" meaning the "Ancient Martial Ways"
were virtually placed into storage. Comprised mainly of farming and
fishing tools, the 5 major weapons of Kobudo consist of the Bo (or
Kon), Sai, Tonfa, Kama and Nunchaku.
During the post war reunification of Karatedo and establishment of both
the Japan Karate Association - JKA and the splinter Group the
Shotokai Karate Association _ SKA (both in 1949), Funakoshi's art
became even more refined and organized. Unfortunately, neither of
these two groups embraced (or remembered) any Kobudo
whatsoever. Those that did were usually ostracized and taught Karate
& Kobudo in private schools. Thus Karatedo seemed to have two
branches; one with Kobudo and one without. Eventually, these
branches became intertwined and creating a seedling which then
became a very sturdy tree. This tree is called "ShotoJuku" and
commonly known as the "SKJF."
As Funakoshi observed on many occasions:
"To Search For The Old Is to Understand The New.
The Old, The New, This Is a Matter Of Time."
*** Japan Karatedo ShotoJukuKai - SKJF ***
The Japan Karatedo ShotoJukuKai - SKJF
was founded in 1990. The SKJF tree is made up of several resolute
branches with very strong and enduring roots. At the base of this tree
is the SKJF Executive Director & Chief Instructor: Brian R. Fey Sr. -
Nanadan, O' Sensei & Kyoshi - (7th Dan, Chief Instructor & Master
Of The Fine Arts).
O'Sensei Fey, a certified Japanese Yudansha, has studied Shotokan
Karatedo, Kobudo and Iaido for nearly 4 decades. O'Sensei Fey
began his study of Karatedo in 1971 under the Japan Karatedo
Shotokan KenKoJuku Association which was founded by the late Kancho
Tomosaburo Okano - Kudan (9th Dan). Kancho Okano was a student
of both Gichin and Giko Funakoshi and founder of the Ken Ko Juku
Shotokan Karatedo Association. In 1984 O'Sensei Fey became a
student of Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa - Judan (10th Dan) and
founder of the Shotokan Karatedo International Ferderation - SKIF.
In addition, O'Sensei Fey has been fortunate to have been able to
study Karatedo & Kobudo under many notable Japanese Sensei such
as - the late O. Ozawa, T. Miyazaki, M. Takahashi. K. Funakoshi and
F. Demura to name but a few. As such, O'Sensei Fey has a broad based
knowledge of both Karatedo & Kobudo. He currently teaches the
entire Shotokan syllabus (including several early versions) as
a certified member of the Zenkoku Karatedo-Kobudo Remmei.
Serving as the SKJF Executive Director
and Chief Instructor since it's inception, O'Sensei Fey has
striven to provide a strong link between East and West by providing
strong leadership and a true example as to what Master Funakoshi
created in 1922 - Shotokan Karatedo.
The entire SKJF family are all dedicated to the same unique and sole
"TO PART THE CLOUDS AND SEEK THE WAY".
It is our sincere hope and intention that all SKJF members will be
able to learn from one another and not allow political lines to
interfere with or impede the cultivation of Budo spirit.
Since the inception of the SKJF, the organization has grown
throughout the Western hemisphere, establishing it as a recognized
leader in traditional karatedo training and in Budo education.
As the SKJF is a non-political organization, any and all Shotokan Ryu
based Dojo Sensei or Yudansha may become affiliated members.
As there are many organizations and/or interpretations of the
Shotokan-Ryu, the primary role of the SKJF is to eliminate
misunderstandings and restore harmony.
The SKJF is not in the habit or practice of accepting membership on
an "open enrollment" from other Ryu-Ha outside of a Shotokan based
system. At present, it should be stressed that only those applicants who
are familiar with the practice of the Shotokan-Ryu Kata will be
accepted for membership consideration.
Additionally, one need not vacate his/her current organizational ties
and/or method(s) of Shotokan practice when becoming an SKJF
member. The SKJF has many members who are affiliated to many
other fine organizations or groups such as the : JKA, ISKF, AJKA,
SKIF, FSKA, IASK, SSKI, SKA, ShotoKai, KenKoJuku and/or
Please note that the SKJF is a TRADITONAL organization and only
accepts members who study and teach AUTHENTIC Karatedo and
Not eclectic/hybrid/cardio based systems. In short, anything short
of wearing a WHITE GI and the study of the main Shotokan Kata
syllabus is not considered traditional or authentic.
Once a membership applicant is accepted, he/she will have the
opportunity to become a member of the SKJF Yudansha Kai.
At present, the SKJF does not accept any independent Kyu (colored
belt) applicants. Dojo Sensei may however, ask or require that their
own Kyu level students become SKJF affiliates at the Dojo level.
For those without any direct organizational ties or links with Japan,
the SKJF can serve solely as their primary organization giving them a
The headquarters branch for the SKJF is the
"Japan ShotoJuku Dojo" located in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.
O'Sensei Fey currently oversees member Dojo throughout the entire SKJF organization and
provides personal instruction at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus.
ALL mailings are requested to be addressed to the Post Office Box to ensure delivery.
PO Box #1843
Pinellas Park, FL. 33780 USA
SKJF seminars, clinics and special classes are conducted throughout
the year and at many different SKJF Dojo. These events feature special
special guest instruction from not only O'Sensei Fey, but have
included such notable instructors such as Hirokazu Kanazawa,
Hiroyasu Fujishima, Fumio Demura and the late Osamu Ozawa.
Once registered, SKJF members receive a Japanese rank certificate,
SKJF patch and are entitled to purchase SKJF Kyu certificates and
SKJF patches for their students. If you have worked hard and pursued
your study of Shotokan Karatedo with honor, then why not be
recognized for your efforts today and stop being held hostage by
those who sit in financial judgment over you.
To that end, the SKJF does not believe in "yearly" membership fees
that require you to send money year after year after year just to
maintain what you have already earned, registered and paid for. All
SKJF memberships are for the LIFETIME of the member. Register
once and you are an SKJF member FOREVER!! No yearly renewal
fees, just a LIFETIME of membership.
LIFETIME DUES = $100.00!!
Click Here For Application Form
This includes a Japanese rank certificate, SKJF patch and a
LIFETIME of training advantages that only the SKJF can offer.
To top things off, all "new" Yudansha examinations are
FREE. That's right, there is absolutely NO CHARGE for Yudansha
Upon receipt of successful exam results, members may register
their new grade for official SKJF certification. Additional rank
registration information may be located in the SKJF Rank Page.
For additional SKJF membership information, please send a letter AND
resume outlining your Karatedo experience to
Contacting The SKJF & Kaicho
Due to the high volume of contacts to the SKJF for membership information, questions, and services,
we are requesting that ALL contacts be sent via E-mail for direct and timely reply. Our E-mail can be accessed from any computer terminal whereas telephone messages cannot. In this way your E-mail,
once received will be answered faster and without prolonged delay.
Please be sure to pose any questions or inquiries with as much
information as possible so as to provide you with a correct reply.
you in advance!!!!!!!
Please send all E-mail to: SKJF_Kaicho@msn.com
Japan Karatedo ShotoJukuKai - SKJF
O'Sensei Brian R. Fey Sr.
PO BOX #1843
Pinellas Park, Florida. 33780 USA
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