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 from Master Murakami in 1981, and a godan in 2015.
Mark Bannon began his Shoto-Kaï practice in 1984 at UMass under the instruction of Jovanović-sensei. He received his shodan from Jovanović-sensei in 1989 and his nidan in 2015. He currently leads the club in Warren Vermont.
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 from Jovanović-sensei in 1999. He now leads a club in Austin Texas.