Breif History of karate
Karate originated in Okinawa, Japan in the 1600s. It was developed
from imported Chinese martial skills and refined as an advanced means
of self-defense because weapons were outlawed on the island. The
word “Karate” means empty hand. Toward the end of the 19th Century,
Gichin Funakoshi trained with various karate masters, then devised
his own system, which he named Shotokan. Master Funakoshi then
spread the style to the Japanese mainland and eventually the West.
It is perhaps the most widely taught style of karate.
Other popular karate styles currently practiced around the world include
Kempo, Goju- Ryu, Kyo-Kushin, Isshin- Ryu, Shito- Ryu, Shorin –Ryu, Uechi- Ryu, Wado- Ryu and Washin- Ryu . All of these styles include kicks, punches
and blocks. Some of these styles emphasize linear movement, while others
teach circular movements. In virtually every style, Kata and Kumite (sparring) play an important role in the training and development of the students.
Benefits of a Martial Arts training program include:
Physical Fitness - Improve your aerobic endurance, flexibility, speed, strength and coordination/agility to excel in all sports.
Mental Fitness - Increase your self confidence, concentration and self discipline to reach your full potential in school or in your job
Character - Develop your discernment, self-defense ethics and rules of engagement, respect for others and the law to become a
role model for success.
Proven Self Defense - Attend regular classes and Men & Women's Self Defense Seminars with Guest Instructors to learn assault
and rape prevention.
Safety & Crime Prevention - Protect your family with periodic safety and crime prevention seminars featuring police officers and/or
former crime victims.
Competitive Sport Karate - Attend Tournaments & Demonstrations.