History of Shotokan Karate

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Shotokan karate was first established at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is actually a hybrid of many styles of karate such as the Shotokan kung fu and various jujutsu schools. It has its origins in Okinawa Japan. Shūtōtori is actually a school of karate, evolved from the other martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi in the early twentieth century. He concentrated his efforts to perfect a specific system, which he named Shotokan.

The main goal of shotokan karate was to develop a fast hand and body movements. One of the most significant achievement of Shotokan karate is its usage of “shotokan” (sixes) positions. The student must learn the various shotokan karate stances in order to master various fighting techniques. A stance can be created simply by arranging six shots in a row. There are five distinct forms of shotokan karate: standing-on-the-ground, standing-on-ladders, on the ground but with legs in front and behind, inside the fence, and inside the square.

The second part of Shotokan karate is the uniform. All the different styles of Shotokan karate have uniforms, and they are usually blue. The rank which the instructor wears also varies, and in the larger dojo’s, it may be white or black. The rank of the student must also be indicated on the uniform.

Many people are attracted to Shotokan karate because of its flashy, colorful appearance. This is not entirely true, however. The flashy uniforms and the different stances are simply an attention grabber. There are more important aspects to the techniques of this martial art than its flashy appearance.

One of the most common techniques in Shotokan karate is the Ogasawara (or Ogon-Ryu) technique, named after the town of Ogon, Japan where the art was developed. This technique teaches students how to strike at an opponent from the center of their chest to the base of the neck. This technique is useful in many situations, but it can also be used as a reversal. For example, if someone hits you from the side with an apple, then you can counter with an apple from the side of the chest.

There is another reason to study Shotokan karate. This style of self-defense techniques is very good for teaching you how to protect yourself while you are alone, or when your partner is attacking you. Some teachers of this style-basher believe that it should be taught to anyone willing to take the risk of getting hurt. However, the majority of teachers feel that it’s best taught to people who have no interest in fighting.

If you are interested in learning more about this martial arts style, the best thing to do is to check out some of the various internet websites run by Master Gichin Funakoshi himself. Master Funakoshi was a legendary Japanese teacher who was also a great fighter. A lot of his techniques are based on basic striking basics from boxing and kicking. He wrote a lot about basic nutrition and physical conditioning, but he did not advocate martial arts as a way to protect oneself. Instead, he believed that one should develop the will to fight against any type of attacker, whether it be in real life or in the dojo.

In order to practice Shotokan karate without running into issues such as it being illegal, you need to be careful about the martial arts that you use. Many of the modern techniques are derived from old combat methods. There are many different stances and positions that are used in the sport, and they all protect different areas of the body. There are a few situations where you may want to use some of the older techniques, such as when you are defending yourself against an aggressive opponent. Otherwise, you should stick to the modern techniques and positions for your safety and security.

Washington Shotokan Association

Sensei André Dulce, formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii, was chosen by the Karate Association of Hawaii to establish a branch association in the state of Washington. Washington Shotokan Association (WSA) was founded in 1973 and currently headquarters in Bellevue with branches throughout the greater Seattle area.

Under the leadership of Sensei Dulce, the WSA is dedicated to excellence and to the maximum developmental potential of each member, regardless of age, sex, and physical aptitude. The primary objective of the school is to pursue Shotokan Karate in its purest form, encompassing both the intellectual and physical aspects of the art.

Unlike some other karate schools, WSA keeps a low profile and a very friendly open door policy, refraining from activities such as special effects, promotions and a ‘trophy in window’ attitude. The school is mainly noted for its friendly but serious atmosphere while training, thus giving each student a real sense of belonging and making each new student feel very comfortable.

Instruction is offered for all ages and ability levels from the beginner to the highest level.

Training Facility
WSA offers one of the largest training karate dojos in the state of Washington. Its 6100 sq. ft. dojo offers:
3600 sq. ft. floating oak training floor with wall to ceiling mirrors and stretch bars.
Makiwara board (traditional karate punching board)
Stretching room
Separate dressing rooms with showers for men and women
Separate classes for advanced, intermediate, and beginners for both youth and adults.
A free trial class for potential students with no obligation to join!