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Get ready to start training in Shotokan Karate-Do, learn a traditional Japenese Martial Art, improve your health, fitness, self-discipline and wellbeing, make friends and most of all have a great time! 

Shotokan (松濤館 Shōtōkan) is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing "karate do" through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at KeioWasedaHitotsubashi (Shodai)TakushokuChuoGakushuin, and Hosei.

Funakoshi had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos, who continued to teach karate after his death in 1957. However, internal disagreements (in particular the notion that competition is contrary to the essence of karate) led to the creation of different organisations—including an initial split between the Japan Karate Association (headed by Masatoshi Nakayama) and the Shotokai (headed by Motonobu Hironishi and Shigeru Egami), followed by many others—so that today there is no single "Shotokan school", although they all bear Funakoshi's influence.

As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.



Major Joseph Willoughby David Lloyd George Clarke 6th Dan CVO has been employed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation since 1988 and was appointed to his current role as Regional Director (Americas) in 2000.

He started his karate training in 1978 at the Queen’s College Karate Club under Sensei Peter Harris and transferred to the Barbados Shotokan Karate Club in 1980. He represented Barbados from 1988 to 2000 and was a Silver medallist in Kumite at the 1989 ISKF Pan American Championship. He was a member of the first Barbados team to compete at the World Shoto Cup in Toyo, Japan in 2000.

Sensei David holds the rank of Major in the Barbados Defence Force and is the special advisor to The Royal Barbados Police Force. He is one of the founding Trustees and chairman of the Barbados Youth Business Trust and chairman of the Jamaica Youth Business Trust. He served as chairman of the advisory committee to the Minister of Education Youth and Culture in Barbados from 1994 to 2000 and has been an advisor to several Caribbean Governments on youth developments.

He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) on 14th October 2003 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and promoted to a Commander (CVO) in the Queen’s birthday honours on 17th June 2017.  He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. 

Sensei David was appointed President of the International Karate Daigaku in June 2011. His extensive schedule allows him to promote IKD Karate to many countries around the world.

Sensei Major David Clarke, 6th Dan, CVO - IKD President

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