Shoto-Kaï is a Japanese style of Karate that emphasizes physical flexibility and spiritual aspects of the art. Shigeru Egami, the principal student and successor of Master Funakoshi, developed this style. Master Egami felt that many modern Karate practitioners focused too much on competition and physical fitness. Shoto-Kaï places great emphasis on efficiency through the practice of natural and fluid movement, complete spiritual connection with one's opponent, and meditation. It revives aspects of the art often neglected during the ``boom years'' of Karate in the West (1950s-1970s).
Dr. Borko Jovanović founded the Shoto-Kaï Karate club at UIC in 1991. Jovanović-sensei began his study of Karate in 1969. He is a disciple of Master Tetsuji Murakami, with whom he studied from 1972 to 1987. He received a nidan (second-degree black belt) from Master Murakami in 1981.
Dr. William Baxter has studied Karate since 1987. He served as assistant instructor for the Shoto-Kaï Karate club at UIC beginning in 1996, and received a shodan (first-degree black belt) from Jovanović-sensei in 1998.
The club moved from Chicago to New York in 2000. A small but lively group has continued the practice from 2000 through the present.