W.S.K.F Makedonija

Dom na makedonskoto karate

Head instructor Hitoshi Kasuya

In 1990 Kasuya Sensei decided to establish his own organisation and hence WSKF (World Shotokan Karate-do Federation) was born. Initially the fledgling organsation only had a few member countries but due to the reputation of Kasuya Sensei, the group grew to a point where today it has over 90 member countries spread throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Every two years the WSKF holds a major event in Tokyo Japan where all member countries can come together for an international training seminar and compete in the World Shotokan Karate-do Federation world championships.

As Chief Instructor of WSKF, Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya spends a good part of his time travelling to member countries to conduct training seminars. His teaching combines an analytical approach with an underlying Budo attitude. Whilst maintaining an emphasis on traditional Shotokan techniques, Kasuya Sensei has infused his style with a unique system of rotational dynamics that takes WSKF karate to a level never seen before in mainstream Shotokan Karate and to this day his philosophy and contemporary attitude inspires generation after generation of karate-ka.

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Sensei hitoshi kasuya 8th Dan

Born in 1948, Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya graduated from the rigorous JKA specialist instructor’s training course in 1973. He was a student of Hosei University (Tokyo) where he distinguished himself in the University Karate Club as team captain.

Kasuya Sensei excelled in these early years in the relatively new arena of sports (competition) karate. In 1975 he competed in the International Amateur Karate Federation (IAKF) 1st World Championships held in the USA where the Japanese team, of which Kasuya Sensei was a member, won 1st place in both kata (forms) and kumite (fighting). Kasuya Sensei repeated this feat with the Japanese team 2 years later when the World Championships where held in Japan.

Head Instructor of WSKF MAcedonia Nazim Kurtovic

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Sensei NAzim kurtovic 7th Dan

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About Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate originated in Okinawa, a small island south of Japan. It was popularized in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi in the 1950s. The name “Shotokan” comes from the name “Shoto,” which was Funakoshi’s pen name, meaning ‘waving or billowing pine’. Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art. This means that improvements in character and mental discipline are as important as physical skill, if not more so.

A typical class at our dojo consists of Kihon (basic techniques – blocks, punches, kicks, and footwork), Kata (forms- pre-arranged series of techniques designed to teach specific concepts and applications), Kumite (sparring – both free sparring and sparring with specific constraints, always with the student of the utmost concern), and Fitness & Flexiblity (strength, endurance, and mobility exercises to assist in the development of overall karate skills). 

The father of modern karate Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)

Considered to be the Founder of modern Karate-dō. Standardized many of the forms that we practice today for teaching in elementary school, high school, and college levels in Japan. 

Notable Students: Hironori Ōtsuka, Gigō Funakoshi, Isao Obata, Shigeru Egami, Teruyuki Okazaki, Tetsuhiko Asai, Masatoshi Nakayama, Yasuhiro Konishi, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Tsutomu Oshima, Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Mitsusuke Harada, Masutatsu Oyama, Tetsuji Murakami, and many others.*