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Karate is a martial art used to develop an individual’s character through training. Karate-Do means “empty handed way’” and is accomplished with spiritual and physical discipline. Deciding who is the winner is not the predominate objective of Karate. The goal of Karate is to enable the karate-ka (Karate student) to surmount any obstacle: concrete or abstract. The emphasis is on an individual’s integrity, achieved by the balance of body, mind and soul.

“The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in the victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.” – Gichin Funakoshi

Sensei Gichin Funakoshi is world famous as the father of modern Karate. Born in Okinawa in 1868, he studied Karate-Do from childhood. Sensei Funakoshi organized the first public presentation of Karate and was chosen to demonstrate Karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo in 1922. Sensei Funakoshi overcame many prejudices and finally gained formal recognition of Karate as a Japanese martial art in 1941. He placed no emphasis on competition, record breaking or championships; rather, he stressed individual self-perfection. He believed in the common decency and respect that one human being owed another. He was the master of masters. In 1957 he died at the age of 89, after humbly making the largest contribution to the art of Karate-Do.



Karate is an exciting and multi-faceted blend of physical, mental and spiritual components, which offers many life-changing benefits not found in most other activities. It is fun, yet challenging, and can potentially put you into the best shape of your life. You will be able to control your weight; gain greater energy and stamina; develop a strong, toned, healthy body and fight premature aging - the result of which is a longer, fuller and more exciting life. In addition to acquiring a technique for self-defense, Karate-Do develops the whole person - physically, mentally and spiritually. Stress management, self-discipline, confidence, leadership skills, and mental calmness are all additional benefits of this art.
The dojo (Karate school) is also a great place to meet wholesome new friends, and acquire a positive, healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family.

Karate offers a complete mind/ body workout that develops physical strength and mental discipline. Classes include stretching, basic techniques (stances, punches, kicks, blocks), forms (kata), sparring, and self-defense. Benefits of karate training include improvement of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Karate also helps relieve stress and builds discipline, mental focus, and awareness.



Self image, self confidence, self discipline and self control that children and teens develop as they grow will determine the level of happiness and success he or she will be capable of experiencing as an adult. Karate can help your child develop these qualities and more, leading to a more successful life. Martial Arts training gives young people the tools to know how to say NO to negative and potentially harmful peer pressure and the strength to back up their words with deeds.

  • Improved Grades
  • Leadership Skills
  • Increased Concentration
  • Coordination and Dexterity
  • Goal Setting and Achievement
  • Respect for Self and Others


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