What is American KDS?
The letters "KDS" stand for Karate-Do Shotokai. Kara-te Do is the Way of the Empty Hand. Shoto was a pen name for Gichin Funakoshi who is widely acknowledged as the Japanese father of modern karate, and Kai means group. Thus the Shoto-kai is "O'Sensei's Group" who study and teach the Way of the Empty Hand.
Mitsusuke Harada Sensei (see video at right), trained personally with O'Sensei and was awarded the highest rank of 5th Dan by him. He continues to further this art as head of the KDS based in Wales, United Kingdom. He visited the U.S. personally in 1998 and adopted American KDS as the only group in America practicing under his direction.
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[Because AKDS operates clubs nationwide as an official 501(c)7 non-profit membership organization, your nominal membership fee helps pay for advanced teachers to visit America annually. Membership also qualifies you to receive expert instruction nationwide, official belt grade rankings, and deep discounts on quality uniforms and equipment--join today!]
[An official 501(c)7 non-profit membership organization, AKDS exists to promote individual improvement and community safety, operating clubs nationwide and hosting annual training courses. Find a club, and come join us for one of the most unique martial arts experiences available in the USA!]