History of the Martial Art

The karate-dô is native to the island of Okinawa located halfway between Japan and China. In the 15th century, Okinawa was under Chinese rule and, in order to prevent any form of rebellion, weapons were banned there. From then on, the inhabitants of the island developed techniques of fighting with their bare hands by borrowing some aspects of the art of the Chinese fist. After the conquest of the kingdom by a Japanese feudal lord in the eighteenth century, the great schools of what had then become the Okinawa-hand (the hand of Okinawa) formed in secret because the carrying of arms Not restored. It was not until the nineteenth century, after Okinawa's assimilation to Japanese culture, that the educational values ​​of Okinawa-te were recognized and taught in schools. It was during this quieter period that the masters who were going to develop these techniques outside of Okinawa were trained. The first demonstrations of Mr Gishin Funakoshi in Japan, in 1916 in Kyoto and in 1922 in Tokyo, were a success and aroused great curiosity on the part of Budô practitioners. Discussions with the various masters of various disciplines led Mr. Funakoshi to assimilate his art to the Japanese budo. As a result, he changed the name of Okinawa-te to karate-dô (the way of the empty hand), a term that expresses the more profound dimension of his style: the desire to associate the mind-body dimensions The simple efficiency of the original Okinawa-te.

The chidokai is a karate school in the pure tradition of shotokan. Its founder, Master T. Sasaki, 9th dan, created it with the permission of his direct teacher, Funakoshi sensei. The SKC was born on 15 July 1974, the date of the arrival of Master H. Nakajima in Switzerland.

History of the Section

The karate-dô section of the SDK was born in 1957. It survived, however well, thanks to the supervision of Me Kondô, then of some of its pupils. During the move of the dôjo to 66 Liotard Street, a Vietnamese resumed the section and expanded it to make way, in 1977, to Jacques Dubos.

It was in 1978 that the section karate-dô took its current direction, under the impulse of Me Hiroshi Nakajima. He was sent to Switzerland in 1974 already by his master Takeshi Sasaki to develop the Chidokai style of which the latter was the founder. This style is an integral part of the Shotokan Ryû since Mr. Sasaki is a direct student of Mr. Funakoshi and has taken over all the techniques. The essential difference lies in the much more codified approach to learning, as well as in a style of practice less oriented to pure power than to unity between the latter and other aspects such as equilibrium, kime , Control), rigor or inner calm.

Thanks to our professor, currently 8th dan of the Japan Karate-dô Federation, we have a direct link with Japan where several of the members of the section have already traveled to participate in internships, exams and To competitions.

From the Swiss point of view, Chidokai is a section within the Swiss Karate Federation and as such takes an active part in the development of karate-dô in our country and in Europe. Mr. Nakajima is a member of the National Arbitration Commission and several of the members of the Section are national arbitrators or trainees.

The competitors of the karate-dô section of the SDK have repeatedly distinguished themselves at the Swiss championships, especially in 1993 when the women's team obtained the title of Swiss champion kata and third place in kumite (fights), while the team Men ended Swiss vice-champion in kumite and third in kata.