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Shudokan Karate-do

Kanken Toyama's Okinawa Seitou Karate-Do, also known as Shudokan in America, was originally developed by Kanken Toyama when he opened his first dojo in Tokyo on March 20th, 1930. When he established the school, it was called Shu Do Kan, which literally translates to "the hall for the study of the way of karate" or more figuratively translates to "an institution for cultivating the way. "Thus, its establishment was to discover a more natural and right way to live through the methods taught in karate.

While Shudokan is commonly accepted to be its own school of karate today, Toyama-san never claimed to have invented something new. He was originally a student of Anko Itosu, the man famed to be responsible for the development of modern karate. Toyama-san always felt that what he taught was merely an extension of Itosu-san's original form of karate. He once wrote on the topic that "the exquisite skill of karate that is based on self-protection does not need to contain several different styles, but a combination of what works or is effective. "As a result of this position, Toyama-san never appointed a successor when he passed away in 1966, ultimately causing the school to take many new forms.

Today, Shudokan karate has developed into a school primarily made up of two systems. First, it includes Kobudo, which is the ancient Okinawan practice of special weapons. It also includes Shorin-ryu, which is known as one of the oldest schools of karate. Although Shudokan borrows much from these schools, there are also many others that it shares similarities with. It was always Kanken Toyama's intention that Shudokan remain a dynamic school, and its constant variation on other techniques has fulfilled that original desire.

In the United States, the establishment of Shudokan Karate is managed by the American Shudokan Association (ASA), which is based in Yakima, WA. Currently, the ASA boasts over 15,000 members in the Pacific Northwest alone. There is no doubt that the school's rich history and strong sense of innovation promises that its future will continue to be bright and bold.

The ASA was founded by Walter Todd and Morris Mack in the 1980s. Walter Todd was a student under Yoko Takahashi who was a direct student of Kanken Toyama. Later, Kanken Toyama appointed Walter Todd as Shibu-cho (Branch Director) for the U.S., authorizing him to rank students in Shudokan (Toyama-Style) karate and direct the development of Shudokan in America. The Nampa School of Karate is an affiliate school of the ASA and was established in 2004 under Sensei Benjamin Kincheloe, who trained for decades with Hanshi Mack. The school continues today under the leadership of Sensei Andrew Mecham, who began his training in 1993. We welcome you to our school and hope you will find growth and peace through your training.