Shotokan is a style of karate developed from various martial arts by Master Gichin Funakoshi.
Master Funakoshi is generally credited with having introduced and popularized karate on the main islands of Japan.
Shotokan is one of the most widely practiced styles of karate in the world today, and one of the most traditional. Students learn to defend themselves using a variety of blocks, strikes, kicks, punches, throws/locks, ect. in a safe and engaging way.
In addition to learning self defense, students will also discover that traditional karate places great emphasis on self development, both physically and mentally. This is exemplified by the “Dojo Kun” or “Dojo Precepts” of Master Gichin Funakoshi:
- Seek perfection of character
- Be faithful
- Respect others
- Refrain from violent behavior
The traditional class structure focuses on Kihon (Basics), Kata (Forms), and Kumite (Sparring). These are the three fundamental components practiced through Shotokan Karate.
No experience is needed to train in the martial arts. It is for all body types and fitness levels. In addition to the fundamentals we also focus on strength, mobility and flexibility.