About Karate

Shotokan is only one of several styles of karate.  It is more than just exercise.  The original philosophy of Shotokan Karate, in the words of it's founder Gichin Funakoshi, is "the perfection of the character of the participant."  It is a life long process for self improvement.  It stresses health, respect, control and non-violence.

This particular style of Martial Arts teaches unarmed striking with hand and foot.  Techniques are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability and enable powerful movements.  Speed and power are often demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions.

Training is divided into three parts;  basics, forms and sparring.  Basics (kihon) are the stances, blocks, punches and kicking techniques which are taught separately and are the building blocks for the style.  Forms (kata) use the basic techniques and combine them into choreographed patterns of movement.  Sparring (kumite) is done in pairs and gives the student an opportunity to practice the techniques in a more realistic but friendly environment.

Tournaments are available for those interested in competition.  Students at tournaments are grouped in age and rank and can compete in forms, sparring and other events.



Tournament award winners