|Shotokan is a
traditional Japanese style of Martial Art which emphasizes the use of
maximum speed and power in techniques in order to deliver a "finishing
blow." Shoto means "pine waves", while kan means "streams" or styles.
Shoto was the pen name of Gichin Funakoshi's, who is called "Father of
Modern Karate." Loosely translated, shotokan means the style of
Funakoshi, as opposed to other styles. The practice in shotokan is based
on the premise "ikken hisatsu", or a single blow must decide all.
We train in JKA Style Shotokan Karate following the guidelines of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama, the head of our organization. Master Nishiyama is a direct student of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of our style.
Funokoshi Gichin Nishiyama Hidetaka
Shotokan is a traditional Japanese style of Martial Art which emphasizes the use of maximum speed and power in techniques in order to deliver a "finishing blow." See the FAQ for more info.
This quote is out of the book "Karate: Synchronization of Body and Mind", by S. Sugiyama. This book is on loan to our library by Hiro Ruo.
KARATE, MENTAL ASPECT:
We think that there are limits to the strength of our body and mind without really tring hard to find these limits. With proper training, these mental and physical barriers can be removed to reveal surprising power which we never expected. KARATE is a Japanese martial art (BU_DO), which was devised to overcome our weaknesses and limitations by bringing out our hidden or unnoticed potential.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF-DEFENSE AND A JAPANESE MARTIAL ART?
When acting in self-defense, you are acting in your own interest. You, yourself, are the subject to be protected. This, of cousre, is instinctive and easy to do.
When practicing a Japanese martial art, somebody else or something greater than yourself is the subject to be protected. This means you must have an alturistic love of others as preached by Christianity, instead of just an egotistical love of yourself."
|Shotokan Belt Colors|
|All karate organizations have some form of grade structure, though some are more elaborate than others. There are, however, common principles in all the grading structures in that there are usually 10 grades prior to black-belt, called "Kyu" grades. The belt colors vary considerably between organizations, but the following table outlines the two most common belt color structures.|
|Grade||Color (JKA Style)|
|10 or 9 Kyu||White|
|5 or 4 Kyu||Purple|
|3, 2, 1 Kyu||Brown|
|Shodan (1st Dan)||Black|
|The 26 Shotokan Kata's|
|(Each Kata description under construction)|
|Heian Shodan||Heian Nidan||Heian Sandan||Heian Yondan||Heian Godan|
|Tekki Shodan||Tekki Nidan||Tekki Sandan||Bassai Dai||Kanku Dai|
|Bassai Sho||Kanku Sho||Jiin||Sochin||Nijushiho Text|
|Meikyo||Unzu Video||Gojushiho Dai||Gojushiho Sho||Wankan|
|3rd Dan||2nd Dan||1st Dan||1st Kyu||2nd Kyu|
|3rd Kyu||4th Kyu||5th Kyu||6th Kyu||7th Kyu|
|Shotokan Karate Websites|
|Mid-west Website (Illinois)|
|Western Region Web site|
|Official Northwestern Region Web Site|
|Mid-west Karate Website (Minnesota)|