Nakayama Masatoshi 10th Dan,
was appointed as the first headmaster of the Japan Shotokan
Association. His position was given to him by the founder of the
Shotokan style and father of modern day karate: O Sensei
Through his own training and research Nakayama
Masatoshi Shihan and his teachings progressively
differed somewhat from Funakoshi Shihans concepts
and philosophy. This led to more scientific and
competitive approach to the training within the JKA
organizational structure itself.
The Shoto kai under Egami Shigeru, which split with the JKA
after Funakoshi's death in 1957, claim to follow the 'true'
path of Shotokan. They feel that the competition approach to
karate as followed by the JKA, deviated too much from the
path set by Funakoshi himself affecting both the training
protocols and philosophy of the JKA branch of Shotokan.
As headmaster and Chief Instructor of the JKA, his research
and publications dictated the teachings of the JKA at that
time. His Best Karate series and books such as Dynmic Karate
continually act as the 'bibles' of Shotokan karate for many
students world wide and for many Nakayama Ryu is, Traditional Shotokan.