About Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate is one of the four major styles of Karate-do (the way of the empty hand), practiced in Japan today. It was brought from Okinawa to Japan in the 1920’s by Funakoshi Gichin and was subsequently popularized and taught across the world by instructors of the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Shotokan Karate is currently one of the most widely practiced styles of Martial Arts in the world, with clubs in virtually every country on the planet.
Traditional Karate-do consists of three major training areas, Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (forms) and Kumite (partner training). Training equally in each of these three areas not only develops you physicality through increased, flexibility, co-ordination, and general fitness; but also mentally with development of your awareness, self-control, self-confidence, character, and general understanding of how your body moves and works.
Karate-do, although essentially non-contact, will help you to develop effective strategies for self-defense through understanding of your own body and biomechanics. There will be opportunities for individuals to take part in national level collegiate and open championships, although these are generally not the focal point of the class. In addition, there will be opportunities for individuals to take part in camps and seminars with some of the best Karate practitioners in the world.
Karate at Salve
During the summer, we train at Salve Regina University’s Antone Dance room on Tuesdays from 7.30-9pm. In addition, we are training at other locations round the state, e-mail me for more info. We are a registered club sport at Salve, we also have a facebook page (Search for SRU Shotokan Karate Club). We are affiliated to the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) under Teruyuki Okazaki (10th Dan).
If you are new, no problem! come along! if you have experience, no problem! come along!