Shotokan karate involves a variety of techniques, including blocks, punches, kicks, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Shotokan employs a small set of highly refined techniques intended to quickly subdue an opponent or set of opponents. Practice does not emphasize tournament sport, but rather rigorous, traditional training with an emphasis on self defense.
Karate practice is divided into three aspects. Each of these aspects is of equal importance. Hence, equal time is spent on each.
- Kihon – consisting of basic blocks, punches, kicks, and stances
- Kata – prearranged forms and movements simulating combat situations
- Kumite – sparring with opponents
Our karate practices primarily follow an ongoing training format. Traditional karate emphasizes constant refinement of technique and of the self. The multifaceted nature of this type of training allows senior members to practice side-by-side with beginners. While the beginner focuses on becoming comfortable with the basic technique or form, the senior member will concentrate on more complex or subtle aspects, always seeking to maximize effectiveness and economy of movement. This provides an excellent and unique training environment in which junior members are always driven to excel by strong example and in which seniors can never neglect the basic elements of form that are they very foundation of karate.