"Karate Begins and Ends with Courtesy" Gichin Funakoshi
Mission Statement and Vision
It is our goal to provide the highest quality martial arts instruction and training in a safe, productive and positive atmosphere. It is our vision to promote personal growth of mind, body and spirit for ourselves, our members and
the community, by following the basic principles of Shotokan Karate Do. "Karate begins and ends with courtesy"
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We Teach and Study Traditional Karate
Major Style: Shotokan Karate Do - Minor Style: Goju Ryu Karate Do
Shotokan Karate Do 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 progress to being more flexible with greater movement.