FUDOKAN KARATE – DO
History shows that, since the beginnings, violence was present and it cyclically comes back among individuals and nations, in a way or another. Therefore, the inner transformation and the suppression of violence are still to conquer by each of us.
Today, we have an advantage that our ancestors did not have. We know the history lessons and we have a weapon that they passed on to us so that we learned to evolve into a world of violence.
Some of the most important founders of Karate come from these ancestors. They really had a strongly developed intelligence and an authentic sense of humanity.
Taoist philosophy says: "Heaven generates, earth nourishes and man performs” meaning that heaven is the spirit, the mentality that we put into practice, the earth nurtures it while people evolve by culture and behavior.
In 1935, Master Gighin Funakoshi, at the age of 67, codified and structured KARATE and KATA.
Originally, his style included 19 KATA, 12 of them came from SHURITE, while 7 of them from NAHATE. Afterward, Master Funakoshi changed the names of some KATA and established a gradual progression system.
Thus, PINAN became HEIAN, KATA grew to be much more spectacular, more visual, with large gestures and low positions, finally managing to form a more coherent style of karate, different from the original Okinawaian.
During this time, Master Funakoshi devoted all his energy to provide KARATE-DO the complete image of the work inspired by the philosophy of Japanese Budo. He turned the martial practice into an authentic art of living and a philosophical truth.
Even if he had been obstructed by the followers of the imperialist revival and military nationalists, Master Funakoshi overcame all emotional, material, technical or ideological obstacles and reinterpreted the traditional sense of TODE, and turned it into KARATE-DO.
In Master Funakoshi’s vision and conception, the TODE turned into Karate, is a peaceful practice, with very precise gestures, while the purpose tends to serve an ideal which harmoniously develops the body and the spirit.
Karate has followed, right from the beginning, the natural course of history, becoming a SCIENCE…, an ART…!!!
With such enrichment, KARATE-DO or the "art of empty hand" has spread worldwide.
After a few peaceful times, this knowledge has been interpreted with great sensitivity by Master Funakoshi’s followers.... Sensei Masatoshi NAKAYAMA, sensei Taiji KASE, Sensei Hidetaka NISHIYAMA, who, over the years, had continually improved and perfected this art, creating different styles. This determined internal struggles which aimed at fighting for supremacy.
In such conditions, on the 15th of November 1980,
Disciple of Master Taiji Kase and of Master Hidetaka Nishiyama, Sensei Prof. Dr. Ilija JORGA asserted himself, right from the beginning, through the courage and mastery that he successfully used to perfect the principles of
This explains the fact that the predecessor of Master Ilija JORGA, Sensei Hidetaka NISHIYAMA, soon recognized and accredited FUDOKAN style, convinced about the further evolution of the movement, in spite of more or less objective assessments made by Japanese masters of the time.
The founding of FUDOKAN on the idea of keeping the original values of KARATE was and still is a serious challenge to the big organizations.
If, in a very short period, the FUDOKAN movement has managed to extraordinarily assert itself and, in only nine years (1980-1989), it had followers and organizations in over 40 countries worldwide, today FUDOKAN is a worldwide registered trademark and has a world registered entity - the WORLD TRADITIONAL FUDOKAN SHOTOKAN KARATE DO FEDERATION with over 68 member countries.
During this refined period of talent and hard work, sensei Professor Ilija JORGA, the mentor and founder of FUDOKAN, has managed to successfully confirm himself, by continuously improving both the technical principles and the philosophy of discipline.
FUDOKAN symbols which translated from kanji mean "karate’s constant way that makes you become stronger", have been interpreted with great care and accuracy by Master Showjiro SUGIYAMA. After appreciating the work, activity and technical level of Master Ilija JORGA, Master SUGIYAMA decided to confer him the name of HIGASHIYAMA-Sensei, along with his high-class predecessors, NAKAIYAMA-Sensei SUGIYAMA-sensei, NISHIYAMA-sensei, everything having, of course, a well-determined meaning.
The fact that, from the beginning, FUDOKAN KARATE-DO, under the direction of founder Sensei Prof.Dr.Ilija JORGA, has run 18 European Championships and four World Championships shows the appreciation and support the movement has among martial art practisers from all over the world.
Today KARATE is FUDOKAN
At this time, KARATE virtually means FUDOKAN and FUDOKAN can incontestably be considered as,
"A WAY OF BECOMING OF THE HUMAN BEING”!