Shotokan Karate-Do and Physical Fitness
A Modern System of Japanese Budo that Develops the Mind and Body
Through Physical Fitness and Self-Defense Training
Considered as one of the forms of Japanese Budo, Shotokan Karate-do is not just a system of self-defense training, but rather a means of individual growth and personal development.
What is "Budo"? Without a more inclusive and expansive description of what is meant by the direct translation to English, "martial way" does not properly define the meaning. Check out this short clip and interpretation on YouTube by Rick Hotton Sensei in his documentary "Budo-the way of halting conflict". This is a great start to understanding what Budo is and how we can benefit from it.
"The aim of Budo is perfection of self by seeking and training in the Martial Arts." - Nishiyama Hidetaka
Studying karate-do from the perspective of biomechanics and kinesiology...
Karate technique, stances, posture, balance, breathing, and all other aspects of body dynamics are explored and broken down into their individual components to understand the musculature required to improve performance, speed, timing, and kime. This kind of approach to training offers a different kind of approach for an exercise program, offering the motivation and mental stimulation that comes with learning new skills while working towards a fitness level.
Through this focus on learning fundamental movement dynamics, individuals will have a better understanding and ability to apply body positioning for strength of mind and body for self-defense, competition, confidence, or many other aspects of life. In this way, karate training is training for life!
Karate training is for EVERYONE and ALL ages
Although karate is popular for younger children in many dojos, this is not a program for children younger than about age 13 due to developmental limitations. (See Stage 5 of psychologist Eric Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Devleopment)
Some exceptions may be made, however it is recommended that children be at least in their teen years to begin this training program. Older adults, sometimes into their 60s have also been known to start karate training as a way to promote flexibility, improve balance, and maintain mobility!
CONTACT US for more information about starting this program.
Classes are taught by volunteer instructor Jeff Everett, who began training in 1983. His educational background was in psychology, and spent much time on the topic of "psychology and the martial arts". Over the years, his focus shifted to the study of karate as explained by kinesiology. He also spent a college year in Japan to further karate training as well as study the Japanese language and culture.
Routine training classes are currently offered at no cost.
This dojo not affiliated with any political karate governing body, and welcomes all visitors and guest instructors from any organization to share ideas in training for the goal of expanding knowledge.
See the Resources section on this site for links to some of the local and national dojos we follow.
Flexible scheduling options are available