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WHAT IS KARATE-DO?
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 FOR ADULTS
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.
FOR KIDS AND TEENS
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.
Coordination and Dexterity
- Goal Setting and Achievement
for Self and Others