Shotokan Karate in Canterbury

Techniques:

Tsuki - punch

Age uke - rising block

Soto uke - outer forearm block

Uchi uke - inner forearm block

Gedan barai - downward block

Shuto uke - knife hand block

Geri - kick

Mae Geri - front kick

Yoko Geri Keage - side snap kick

Yoko Geri Kekomi - side thrust kick

Mawashi Geri - roundhouse kick

Ushiro Geri - back kick

Tobi Geri - jumping kick

Dojo Kun displaying the guiding principles of Shotokan Karate

Sensei Funakoshi laid out the philosophy of Shotokan which emphasizes humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness.

What is Shotokan Karate

The way of the empty (kara) hand (te) was developed by ancient Chinese monks who used it to defend themselves without weapons against thieves and attackers. When this martial art arrived in Okinawa (an Island that is now part of modern day Japan) it merged with indigenous Okinawan fighting styles and became Karate.


Shotokan karate is one of the most popular styles of karate and was developed and brought to mainland Japan by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957). Shotokan karate is not only a very effective and practical martial art, it is also a path toward personal development.


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Learn some Japanese Karate terminology.

You'll learn some of these words (and others) as you progress in your training but it's fun to have a look at them now!


Counting:

Ichi - one

Ni - two

San - three

Shi - four

Go - five

Roku - six

Shichi - seven

Hachi - eight

Kyu - nine

Ju - ten

General words:

Osu - Acknowledgement

Kime - power

Kumite - sparring

Kata - forms

Sensei - Teacher

Dogi – karate suit

Seiza – kneel down

Mawate - Turn

Dojo - Training Hall