The name "Tokaido" is composed of three kanji (Chinese characters) which mean "East", "Sea" and a suffix meaning "Shop". Together, the name means "Eastern Sea Shop". As the founder of Tokaido was originally from the area of Japan near what is called the "Eastern Sea," he named the shop Tokaido in honor of his homeland.
The history of Tokaido is strongly connected with the spread of Karate to the entire world in the 1950s.
At that time there was no official uniform and Karate was practiced with regular clothes or even judo uniforms. For that reason Shizuo Sugiora, the founder of Tokaido, started to make some uniforms for his friends who already practiced Karate. Sugiora worked in the garment industry and was a Martial Arts enthusiast himself. As time went by he became increasingly interested in Karate and understood that there was a demand for official sporting clothing and gear.
Since Karate was getting more and more popular he grabbed the opportunity to combine his hobby with his work. So he started to develop a suit, which he introduced to instructors. At first they criticized him a lot, but Shizuo Sugiora took the advice he was given and improved his design until they were satisfied. The uniform became very popular shortly after its release and for that reason Mr. Sugiora decided to found Tokaido the first company to produce Karate uniforms.
Today as well as back then the brand Tokaido stands for choice quality Karate gear that is developed together with active and experienced athletes. We hope that you will choose us as we let our quality speak for itself
ABOUT BUDOMART AMERICA
Budomart America has been offering high quality martial arts and combat sports products for many years. We are the Official Licensee of Tokaido Martial Arts apparel and equipment in the North & South America. We also offer a large number of quality brands and products including Tokaido, adidas, Red nose, Hiku, TopTen, Dax, and Apaks amongst many others.
We cater to all types of martial artists and fitness athletes to those practicing Karate, Judo, Aikido, Taekwondo, Boxing, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
We are always looking for qualified candidates who are interested in promoting the Martial Arts with us. Please contact us if you would like to become a wholesaler or a distributor for Budomart America. We have a number of different levels of distribution that may be appropriate. Please be sure to include any relevant information, which may help us to determine the best approach to establish a productive relationship.
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The Budomart America Team