The WJKA proudly
takes its roots from two of the most distinguished Shotokan
instructors the world has ever seen:
Nakayama Masatoshi 10th
Dan, (1913 -1987) Chief Instructor, Japan Karate
Asai Tetsuhiko 10th
Dan (1935-2006) Former Technical Director, Japan Karate
although from the same roots, function as individual
entities within the shotokan system itself and are:
which was the style of shotokan taught at the JKA up to 1987
whilst Nakayama Shihan was headmaster. It was the basis on
which the JKA, in its heyday, ran its teaching syllabus both
in Japan and abroad.
which was developed by
Shuseki-Shihan, throughout his lifetime and most certainly
during his time at the JKA and beyond, and subsequently was
taught to his students after he left to follow his own path.
appointed Master Nakayama, JKA headmaster. Asai Shihan held
the position of JKA Technical Director under Nakayama Shihan
and was in post at the time of his death in 1987. No
successor had been named and a split within the JKA occurred
with Asai shihan leading one of the groups. This group was
officially disbanded in March 2000.
dedicated his life to studying and developing his karate,
pioneering new techniques and ideas leading to him gaining
the title of ‘The Thunderous Storm'. His studies covered a
wide range of martial arts and karate styles and it is
reputed that he knew and practiced around 140 Kata (forms)
some of which he developed himself. The uniqueness and
efficiency of Asai Shihans karate can be attributed to his
constant search to make his body as supple as a willow tree.
As a direct students of Asai Tetsuhiko, the legacy which is
Asai Ha, continues within the WJKA under the direct guidance
of Jan Knobel 9th Dan WJKA President.