Definition of Shotokan in US English:



  • A style of karate that is popular in many countries.

    • ‘Jean Claude, when you were training in Shotokan karate back in Brussels, what did your training consist of?’
    • ‘I had already studied Shotokan karate for ten years when I was first introduced to the alternative fist formation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the most influential styles were Shotokan, Shito-ryu, and Motobu-ryu.’
    • ‘The kick is also recognized in Shotokan and some other Japanese styles including my own Seido Juku, but is very rarely taught.’


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