About Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate

Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate is a member of Karate federation of Nigeria(KFN).The KFN was formally inaugurated in 1992, and is directly responsible to the federal government of Nigeria (through the sports ministry) for the development of karate in Nigeria.

Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate (NASK) changed its name from Shotokan Karate International Nigeria Federation (SKINF) in 1994 to further gain international recognition and affiliation with the Japanese karate federation (JKF).

 

Historically the practice of Karate-do in Nigeria can be traced back to the early seventies when a few instructors organized training sessions for usually just a handful of enthusiasts in very private settings, which severely limited Karate's popularity and hence it's practice. These instructors were usually foreigners who had various reasons (usually job related) for being in Nigeria and needed to keep up with training during their sojourn. A formal framework or organized structure for the practice and development of Karate was therefore absent.

As time went by a few Nigerians who had been privileged to benefit from this initial e exposure opened up their schools (dojo's) in different parts of the country although the greater number remained in the city of Lagos. As would be expected the standard of practice at this time was very low, deriving solely from the limited knowledge and exposure of these new breed of indigenous instructors and the undeniable influence of the sudden but great appeal of marital arts movies especially the Bruce Lee series.

This remained the state of affairs with Nigerian Karate until the early to middle 1980's when the initial dojo's (i.e. after about 10 years) had significantly enlarged their membership and then started to register themselves formally as Associations. In 1982 the most promising of all these groups registered was the “SHOTOKAN KARATE INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA FEDERATION (SKINF)”.

This association which adopted the SKI style of Shotokan Karate had significant follower ship in almost every major city and had clubs in every University in Nigeria. SKINF's popularity arose from the fact that even at its very infant stage it boasted of a set of instructors or seniors who shared a common vision of greatness. Thus they were driven by a common sense of purpose to acquire new knowledge and encourage each other to develop higher levels of technical ability. To this end concerted effort was now made to ensure that black belts could travel outside Nigeria to observe International Karate events as well as acquire the expertise and technical skills to impart positively on Nigerian Karate.

SKINF was therefore the first Karate association in Nigeria to bring in a world class and internationally recognized master in the person of Sensei H. Kanazawa to run a training course and programme in 1984. That visit revolutionised Karate in Nigeria as it set off a chain reaction which provided the driving force for growth as all other Karate associations suddenly got caught up in a healthy rivalry to establish and open up links with the international Karate community. Karate workshops now became the order of the day and a National Karate Camp became an annual event in Lagos. All these served the purpose of bringing all Karate associations together on a frequent basis in the spirit of oneness

In view of this very conspicuously  positive development in Nigerian Karate, the Federal Government of Nigeria expressed it's delight and formally recognized Karate by inaugurating in 1992 the KARATE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA (KFN) as the National umbrella body to which all Karate associations  must affiliate for recognition. The KFN was therefore directly responsible to the Federal Government of Nigeria (through the Sports Ministry) for the development of Karate in Nigeria.

However as SKINF continued its interactions with the International Karate Community, it became obvious that for International  recognition and approval it had to affiliate with a respectable International Karate body as well as eliminate the common word “Federation”  which existed between its name and the KFN as this had always been a source of confusion for many outside Nigeria. Consequently in 1994 SKINF affiliated with the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and changed its name to Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate (NASK).

While the name has changed, the original vision has always remained the same, the follower ship greatly enhanced (i.e. over 200 registered members nationwide) and goals greatly expanded to levels hitherto unthought-of.  It is NASK's mission to provide the calibre of athletes who will launch Nigeria into international reckoning in world Karate within the first decade of this new millennium. We are strongly convinced that this vision is realistic and our mission achievable.