What Is Shotokan Karate?
Karate is an ancient Asian System of unarmed combat, developed over 2,000 years ago, as a method of self-defense. At the turn of the century, Master Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan school teacher, synthesized the elements of all Karate techniques to produce what is now accepted as modern karate. Funakoshi’s main contribution however, was to develop the fighting techniques of karate into a system that builds strong values and good character among its practitioners. His style was called Shotokan.
Shotokan Karate is an intense physical art and an outstanding total mind-body exercise. It is a decisive method of self-defense, and a proven way to develop self-control & discipline for kids, and to manage stress for adults. It is an exciting competitive sport, and, for some – it becomes a philosophy of life. It is an art that allows participants of all ages and at varying levels of intensity – from the recreational practitioner – to the internationally competitive athlete – to train to their full potential.
The American JKA of New York, SMAC Dojo encourages competition in sport Karate for the students, especially our youngsters.
“In healthy competition, confidence develops”
Our philosophy is based on the core principles of “character, sincerity, dedication, etiquette and self control” – making Shotokan Karate an especially good martial-art for children and families as well as individual adults.
Please contact us or come down and train. Everyone is welcome.
Yours in Shotokan
- Avi Azoulay, Chief Instructor