The history of Shotokan is confused with that of its creator. To understand how it all began, we must know the career of sensei José Humberto de Souza, black belt 6th dan, civil engineer, international referee class A by the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) and founder of several entities, such as the Central American Karate Association Shotokan Academy, Shotokan Academy and the Mato Grosso pugilism (FPMT) and Karate federations (FKMT). In 1990, he founded the Traditional Karate Federation of the State of Mato Grosso (FKTMT), assuming the position of technical director, where he remained until February 20, 2014, always working for the integral development of the human being through practice Salutary of karate-do.
José Humberto began practicing karate in 1970, at Takey Academy, in Uberlândia (MG), with sensei Rui Barbosa Parente. In 1975 he moved to Cuiabá to study engineering at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). Already on the first day in Cuiabá, he started teaching karate classes at the Edmundo Curvo Academy, at the invitation of sensei Marcos Pinto Gomes, in which he implemented and developed karate until 1978. One of his first students was the sensei Juan de La Cruz Riveros Burgos , Now 70 years old and still in activity.
In January 1979 he founded his own school, the Shotokan Academy, and the Shotokan Karate Central American Association, an organization officially recognized in 1982 by the National Sports Council (CND). Joined in 1983 to the Brazilian Confederation of Pugilismo, Shotokan Association was enabled to participate in official events of the modality representing Mato Grosso. In that same year he represented the state in the Brazilian championship, winning the fifth place in individual male and female kata, with the athletes José Humberto de Souza and Maria Aparecida Serafina da Costa, as technician sensei Angelo Bergamaschi (Shotokan sensei from 1980 to 1982).
Since then, more than 6,000 students have passed through Shotokan, with many goals: martial art, personal defense, sports, health, physical and mental preparation, among others. José Humberto and his team participated in various training and improvement courses with great national masters, among them Yasutaka Tanaka, Inoki, Machida, Sasaki, Watanabe, Sagara, Okuda, Higashino, Uriu, Arai, Kazuo Naganime, Flávio Testa, Oswaldo Mendonça Jr., Ênio Vezulli, Johannes Freiberg Neto, Ugo Arrigoni Neto, Robson Maciel, Ronaldo Carlos, and international as Hidetaka Nishiyama, Hiroshi Shirai, Osaka Yoshiharu, Masahiko Tanaka, Oishi, Kawasoe, Kurasako , Abe, Otta, Yahara, Yamamoto, Katsumi Ii, Ishiyama, Contarelli, Rick Jorgensen, Kwiecinski, Justo Gomez, Marcos Moron, Yokomichi and Nelson Carriòn.
Sensei José Humberto was the only Brazilian who trained continuously with Shihan Hidetaka Nishiyama, founder of traditional karate-do, from 1991 to 2007. He promoted courses, seminars, meetings and exchanges in Cuiabá with most of the great masters who live in Brazil and Some from Japan, Europe, the United States and Canada. Through sensei Sasaki, he held an exchange with Japan’s Kokushikan University, which sent Cuiabá 13 karatecas from the Japanese two-time university champion team to a week of training and friendly tournament.
He played for the first time as an international referee in the Pan-American in Mexico in 1991, and his work and dedication led him to obtain the maximum level as an international referee – class A in kata, kumitê, bu and fuku go. At the same time he was appointed director of arbitration of the Brazilian Confederation of Traditional Karate-Do (CBKT). This appointment valued and recognized the incessant work of training, teaching and qualification of dozens of national and international referees. Sensei José Humberto and his team were responsible for the translation of the traditional rulebook of traditional karate-do written by shihan Nishiyama, and from there everyone could have access to the rules, the standards of competition and an indispensable tool for the understanding of the Modality. The International Traditional Karate Federation, which owns the copyright, has made the work available for all Portuguese-speaking countries. In addition to the book, a primer was written by the Shotokan team in the Portuguese and English languages, illustrated with photos of the lateral and central referees, facilitating the understanding of the various terms and signals used by refereeing in competitions.
Sensei José Humberto recalls that in order to get where he arrived internationally, he relied heavily on several people. First, from shihan Yasuyuki Sasaki, who initially supported all the technical work developed in Mato Grosso, and to the exchanges with the Kokushikan University of Tokyo, Japanese athletes and masters who came to Cuiabá. Luiz Tasuke Watanabe, a shihan, was also a highlight of the event, because through him many doors were opened with several masters from all over the world, as well as the unconditional support of sensei Oswaldo Mendonça Júnior during his time as chairman of the CBKT, When he was appointed director of arbitration, a position he held until October 2013, the last year of Gilbert Gaertner’s first term.
• Triple World Champion Adult (1994/2000/2010)
• 2x adult world championships (1992/1996)
• Three bronzes in worldwide adults (1998/2002/2008)
• Junior / Juvenile World Cup Champion (2001)
• World Cup Champion (1996)
• World Cup Bronze (JKA) (2000)
• Intercontinental Champion (2002)
• 11-time Pan-American champion (1993/1995/1997/1999/2001/2003/2007/2009/2011/2013/2015)
• Pan American junior / juvenile champion (2003)
• 2x South American Interclub Champion (2003/2005)
• 5x South American (JKA) (2000/2002/2005/2007/2008)
• 4x international interclubes (1996/2009/2010/2011)
• 23 times Brazilian junior / juvenile champion (1992 to 2014)
• 21 times female Brazilian adult female champion – Adairce Castanhetti (1992 to 2012)
• 17 times Brazilian general adult champion (1993/1995/1997/1999/2000/2002 to 2014)
• National Champion CKTB / WTKF (2015)
• 24 times state champion (1989 to 2013)
• Mato Grosso State Champion CKTB / WTKF (2015)
These results obtained over time have given recognition and invitation to the sensei José Humberto to teach courses and technical seminars in various cities in Brazil and in other countries, as well as the arrival of teachers, referees and foreign athletes for training and seminars held in his Headquarters in order to improve karate and exchange experiences.