HISTORY OF KINTORA SHOTOKAN KARATE DO
Shotokan is a style of karate developed, popularized and named after Okinawan born Gichin Funakoshi. ‘Shoto’, meaning waving pines, was his pen-name, and ‘kan’ means school or hall. After his death in 1957, several of his students formed their own Shotokan organizations, resulting in a style of karate which is widespread around the world, with many similar groups all arising from a common beginning.
Kintora was formed in 2014 by Sensei Suzie Jones, a 5th Dan black belt who started training under Shihan Stephen Xepapas in 1989. Kintora’s karate lineage can be traced directly through Shihan Stephen Xepapas, his teacher Mr Frank Nowak, and Mr Nowak’s teachers Mr Hirokazu Kanazawa and Mr Nakayama to Mr Gichin Funakoshi.