Shotokan  is a school of  karate reflecting the style of the initial students of master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957).

Training is usually divided into three sections: kihon or “basics”, kumite or “sparring”, and kata (forms or patterns of moves). Shotokan techniques in kihon and kata are characterised by deep, long stances which provide stability and powerful movements. Strength and power are often demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. The kumite techniques mirror these stances and movements at a basic level, but progress to be being more “free” and flexible at a higher level.