Definition of Shotokan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃə(ʊ)ˈtəʊkan/


[mass noun]
The style of karate which is the most widespread in the UK and a number of other countries.
Example sentences
  • I had already studied Shotokan karate for ten years when I was first introduced to the alternative fist formation.
  • Jean Claude, when you were training in Shotokan karate back in Brussels, what did your training consist of?
  • She gained much of her early athleticism from several years in a highly competitive swimming program and was very active in the martial arts, having earned a second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate.


Japanese, from shō 'right, true' + to 'way' + kan 'mansion'.

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