Welcome to Makoto JKA
Sensei (Instructor): Hakim Ishmael started doing various styles of karate in Guyana S.A. at the age of 16. He moved to Canada in 1982 and started researching dojo's in Montreal. He was very lucky to have come across the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Sensei Hakim had to reform his past karate styles to allow him to transition into the high standards of the JKA. He has participated in numerous JKA competitions and has grown to his present status of 3rd Dan Black belt through his hard work and diligence towards JKA Shotokan Karate.
JKA Shotokan Karate
The JKA is the most authoritative and by far the largest karate organization in the world, the Keeper of Karate's Highest Tradition. No other organization approaches karate with greater intensity of purpose, or maintains such a large and dedicated professional staff of highly-trained, highly paid full-time instructors. At the JKA, karate is not merely a sport, it's a martial art whose aim is the harmonizing of mind and body for balance, strengh, perseverance, patience - for total confidence and self-mastery.
Shotokan Karate History
Shotokan's ancestor martial arts came to Okinawa from China around the mid-fourteenth century. In 1609 the Japanese gained control of the island and banned the Okinawans from having weapons. This ban contributed to the further development of unarmed combat in Okinawa.
In 1806, Sakukawa Kanga, who had studied fighting in China, began teaching martial arts to Okinawans. Sakukawa's most significant student was Matsumura Sokon.