2016 / Oldest karate demonstration in U.S. to mark 60th anniversary, Aug. 13

Shotokan Karate of America

Shotokan Karate of America

On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the Shotokan Karate of America will host its 60th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament at the Braun Gymnasium of the California Institute of Technology or Caltech.

The Shotokan Karate of America Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament is the oldest karate demonstration in the United States.

Fighters and participants will come to Los Angeles from dojos nationwide and abroad to compete and give individual and group demonstrations.

The Shotokan Karate America Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament started in 1957 when Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima gave the first official demonstration of karate to the American public.

Mr. Ohshima is a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of modern day karate who brought karate from Okinawa to mainland Japan.

For 60 years, the Shotokan Karate of America, under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Ohshima, has spread the teachings of Master Funakoshi and traditional karate-do.

Mr. Ohshima travels throughout the world teaching karate to thousands of students and is currently the head instructor of karate organizations in fifteen countries, including Shotokan Karate of America, France Shotokan, Israel Shotokan, Canada Shotokan, Swiss Shotokan, Spain Shotokan, Belgium Shotokan and Morocco Shotokan.

The 60th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament will be held on Saturday August 13 from 11 am to 1:30 pm. at the Braun Gymnasium of Caltech located at 1200 East California Boulevard in Pasadena, California.

The event is open to the public.  Admission and parking are free. The doors will open at 10:30 am.

For additional information contact: The Shotokan Karate of America at

(213) 437-0988 or visit www.ska.org