Karate is a Japanese martial art and is a lifelong activity that improves all aspects of physical fitness, as well as promotes cognitive development and emotional stability. It develops character through discipline, hard work and the drive for technical excellence that enable the practitioners to overcome obstacles, tangible or intangible in their lives. Karate also enhances self-image and self-control while teaching the value of self-discipline and personal defense strategies.
Shōtōkan Karate was founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi in the early 20th century from a synthesis of Okinawan Karate styles with the strategies and philosophies of Japanese martial arts (Budō). The name “Shōtōkan“ comes from the name “Shōtō“, which was Funakoshi’s pen name and the word “Kan” that means “house of”.
JKA Shōtōkan Karate is characterized by its linear, direct punching, blocking, and kicking techniques from deep strong stances. JKA Shōtōkan Karate is the most widely practiced style of Japanese Karate in the world today.