Shotokan karate is the most popular form of traditional Japanese karate practiced throughout the world today. Beginning in Okinawa in the late 1800's, Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) became the first person to standardize and teach karate throughout mainland Japan.
For this reason he is often called the father of modern karate.
The word "Shotokan" comes from the name of the building in Tokyo where Funakoshi taught. "Shoto," or wind in the pines, was Funakoshi's pen name and the character "kan" means hall.
Since in March, 2017 Kuro-Obi Dojo Shotokan Karate-Do is affiliate to the WORLD SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO FEDERATION