Master Murakami (1927-1987) was the first master to settle definitely in France to develop Karate. He arrived into Marseille in November, 1957. He met Master Egami in 1967 in Japan and he decided to change his practice and to follow Master Egami, no matter how surprised he was by what he saw during the trainings. Later, he became Master Egami's delegate for Europe.
Master Murakami asserts that the purpose of Shotokai is "to free the body and the spirit".
"Overcome ourselves: the body and the feelings. At first, the body. It is necessary to break it, to release it from any resistance, then to model it.. An extremely hard training is necessary.
"Then, it is necessary to avoid facility. The search for difficulty is mandatory. To surpass ourselves in the effort, to go permanently beyond its own limits.
"It is the price to pay to learn to really know ourselves and to let our most various and fatal feelings appear vividly: hatred, violence, laziness, impatience.
"Then, to overcome them will be extremely facilitated."
He died in Paris on January 24th, 1987. He is buried in the Cemetery of Clamart.