Consecrated in the sport, Shotokan started social work in 2000, implementing a pilot project at the Gonçalo Domingos de Campos (CAIC) school in Várzea Grande (MT), in partnership with the State Government of Mato Grosso and the Municipal Government Of Várzea Grande. It was a singular proposal: traditional karate-do classes twice a week as a compulsory subject, contemplating the 450 students of the morning who attended until the 4th grade. The challenge was to promote integration and reduce rates of violence, aggression, lack of discipline, lack of hygiene, lack of concentration, low rates of learning, repetition, and gang participation inside and outside of school.
After a year and a half of the implementation of the project, it was verified an improvement of 80% in most of the objectives proposed, and the end of the participation of students in gangs. It was also found that several athletes excelled in several areas. After completion of the project, which lasted three years, some students of the institution had their training transferred to Shotokan headquarters. One of the students, Nélia Pedroso de Barros, who is still active, graduated from the 1st dan black belt, won the Brazilian championship several times and won the international interclub tournament. But her greatest achievement was to enter university in the civil engineering course and was recently invited to work in a large construction company in Cuiabá that is building 500 houses. Above sport, karate transforms people’s lives.
Supported by Shotokan, sensei Vilda Aparecida Lúcio, black belt 5th dan, world champion of bu mixed (Italy / 2000), recognized as one of the best teachers of karate, especially for children up to 13 years, implemented in partnership with the college in Who studied physical education a social project of traditional karate-do to serve children of the community of Várzea Grande. It was an important step towards the consolidation of social projects.
In this project led by sensei Vilda, as well as in the CAIC, many were the highlights that continued their training at Shotokan’s headquarters, among them Jesse Parente Tocantins, who also graduated 1st dan black belt and in 2012 he became junior and juvenile world champion , in Poland. However, as a major achievement, he passed first in the university entrance examination of dentistry in Cuiabá.
The Karate-Do Traditional Sports and Citizenship Project emerged from these initiatives and was initially implemented at the Iusso Sinohara Martial Arts Palace. First, in partnership with SESI (Athlete of the Future) to attend children and adolescents, mainly in the community and surrounding areas; Second, in partnership with the Department of Social Assistance of the Municipality of Cuiabá, for children and adolescents benefited by the PETI; Third, for children and adolescents selected for the project sponsored by Agro Amazônia and the Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CMDCA), through the Fund for Childhood and Adolescence (FIA).
These initiatives and results gave visibility to the Karate-Do Traditional Traditional Sports and Citizenship Project. Then, motivated, the team of teachers linked to Shotokan sought to expand social work, implementing other projects in the capital and in the interior, in partnership with companies, municipal, state and federal governments, municipal councils for children’s and adolescent rights, secretaries of Social Assistance, Education, Sports, Citizenship and Youth, federal government programs (PETI, Second Time, More Education, Educa More etc.), in addition to SESI, Banco do Brasil Foundation, Banco do Brasil and Criança Esperança Volunteers.
Today the project is carried out in 18 poles: Martial Arts Palace, CRAS, Asilo Santa Rita, São Domingos Sávio Institute, Community Center, several municipal and state public schools and at the association’s headquarters.
It is necessary to thank Rudy Rader, the first sponsor of the project supported by the Banco do Brasil Foundation through the volunteer of the institution, who has always closely followed the actions and development of the beneficiaries of karate (children and young students of public schools in the capital of Mato Grosso” State) in the practice of karate and in the improvement of quality of life as a whole. Today, volunteering continues to support the project through the entire staff of the Don Bosco Agency (Cuiabá / MT), led by the general manager of the agency Ana Carolina Iocca Rosa, who does not measure efforts so that the actions developed by Shotokan are crowned with success .
Another great accomplishment, fundamental for the diffusion of the project and the work carried out by Shotokan over the years, is the support received in 2014 from Criança Esperança project, which earned him the seal of Unesco and Rede Globo. This is a very important step, which confirms the credibility of the institution in relation to the work carried out, which increases it and certainly increases the visibility and responsibility of the work carried out.
With the aim of supporting the most dedicated and interested beneficiaries and giving them the opportunity, they are offered the opportunity to train alongside top-level athletes and participate in national and international events. Selected children and youths are taken to train at the association’s headquarters, where one of the main poles operates. The results have been surprising: a world champion, South American champions, Brazilian champions and several state champions.