Shotokan Legacy Seminars (AKA "Hoitsugan Seminars")

Some of the best instructors from various organizations are coming together from far and wide to carry on a legacy -- the legacy of Nakayama Sensei.  From their extensive training in Japan, these instructors all share one thing: a sense of obligation to pass on the insights into karate training that they gained in Japan.

These seminars have involved an extraordinary gathering of non-Japanese Shotokan instructors, unparalleled within the Karate world.

In 2004, for the first time ever, over a dozen instructors, all of whom lived and trained in Japan, taught more than 20 classes over a four-day period.  Many of them trained directly with Nakayama Sensei prior to his passing in 1987.  Some of these instructors lived in Japan for many years and gained experiences that proved invaluable to those who participated in this special event. This event set a new standard of excellence for seminars. The Shotokan Legacy Seminars have been repeated in 2005 and 2008, each time with over a dozen instructors, and more are being planned for 2013 and beyond.

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If you would like to get an idea of what takes place at these seminars, you can order a compilation DVD here: