About Funakoshi Shotokan Karate (FSK)

FSK UK is for children and adults aged 6 years and above.

Shotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi is the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is attributed as being the “father of modern karate”. Following the teachings of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato, he was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922. He taught karate at various Japanese universities and became honorary head of the Japan Karate Association upon its establishment in 1949.

Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi

Kyoshi Debi Steven

7th Dan Chief Instructor

Having herself survived child sexual abuse, Kyoshi Debi Steven started to train karate in her late teens in Durban, South Africa.  With a passion to learn to protect herself and a natural competitor/athlete it was not long till she shone in both local and national karate competitions.  In her mid-twenties she moved to Cape Town, where she was selected to represent the South African All Styles karate team (The Protea Team), competing at the Women’s International Championships in Tokyo, Japan.


In 2003, she joined Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association under Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi and later his son, Shihan Kyle Funakoshi.  It was the year she opened her first London Dojo. 25 years later under Funakoshi Shotokan Karate United Kingdom she leads a team of instructors that engage, educate and empower over 600 karateka across Central and South West London.


She is the only woman in the UK to successfully host World Karate Championships with an all-woman management team.


In September 2013, Kyoshi Debi Steven founded Action Breaks Silence UK, an educational charity, established to create a world where women and girls can live their lives free from male violence and the threat of such violence. Kyoshi Debi Steven is recognised as one of the most influential self defence instructors in the world.


Kyoshi Debi Steven founded Action Breaks Silence South Africa and has completed a Masters’ Degree in Women and Child Abuse.


Kyoshi Debi Steven has been a guest on BBC News/Radio and ITV.

Kyoshi Debi Steven

Kyoshi Debi Steven

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." - Gichin Funakoshi

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