What is Karate?

A little bit of info about the sport

Karate is an ideal sport for both men and women as it provides a full-body workout while practicing self-defence. It helps to develop improved balance and posture, flexibility and strength. Regular exercise can also reduce blood pressure and improve cardio fitness. Participants can work at their own pace, which is great for those who haven’t exercised in some time.

Many people choose to learn karate as a form of self-defence, however students also learn about conflict avoidance. Practicing karate helps to improve concentration and focus leading to improved performance at school and work, regular training can also help to increase confidence and self-esteem through the achievement of goals. Many employers value the commitment and dedication demonstrated by training karate.

Shotokan Karate is a fighting system which combines stillness with motion, expansion with contraction, and explosive power with gentle fluidity. Students develop effective blocking and evasion techniques, powerful punching and striking combinations, spectacular kicks, and a repertoire of sweeps, throws and locks.

What is Shotokan Karate?

The Shotokan style was developed from various martial arts by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957), an Okinawan teacher of physical education who introduced it to Japan in 1922. Originally developed into the famous Japan Karate Association, Shotokan now exists as many different organisations including Japan Karate Shoto Federation with Headquarters in Japan and a global membership.

The Shotokan Karate practiced at the dojo today has undergone decades of evolution by following methods developed in modern sports sciences. Shotokan Karate has now become a graceful, dynamic martial art that is both powerful and beautiful without compromising the traditional teachings of its founder, Gichin Funakoshi.


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