Shotokan (松涛 馆 流 Shotokan-Ryu Karate) by Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906-1945). Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is often regarded as a 'hard' and 'external' martial art because it is taught that way to beginners and coloured belts to develop strong basic techniques and stances. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style which incorporates grappling and some aikido-like techniques, which can be found in the black belt katas. Kumite techniques mirror these stances and movements at a basic level, but are less structured, with a focus instead on speed and efficiency. The sole Mortal Kombat character that utilizes Shotokan Karate as a Martial Art is Sub-Zero mostly in MK games such as MK Armageddon, Deception, Deadly Alliance and in a pretty limited amount in Mortal Kombat 11. We hope Shotokan is seen more in the Mortal Kombat Series due to the efficiency of the Martial Art itself as well as due to the fact that it is a very challenging Martial Art to master which suits Mortal Kombat given the fact that all the Martial Artists within it are legendary warriors.