Why Should Kids Learn Karate?

Why should kids learn karate? In today's society, we are seeing a major shift. Children are more aggressive and less respectful. They are showing more anger and getting into more trouble then in the past. Why? Some people will say it is how they are being raised but not all parents want to see their children being aggressive with people or causing problems for others. Karate, is a...

Who created Shotokan Karate? It may not be who you think.

Who created Shotokan Karate? Well, it is obvious, who created Shotokan Karate, right?  Gichin Funakoshi did, right?  Gichin Funakoshi did not create Shotokan Karate! What? Yes, Gichin Funakoshi is the Father of Modern Karate and Shotokan Karate comes from his teachings. Shoto was Master Funakoshi's pen name when he wrote poetry. Okay, so, There his nickname was Shoto. The style is...

Honour the Principles of Etiquette!

The 4th Dojo Kun, is “Hitotsu! Reigo o omonzuru koto!” This translates to “Honour the Principles of Etiquette!” We short form it even more to simply, “Respect Others!” Respect is a very important thing in the martial arts. We are supposed to respect our Sensei, respect our seniors and respect our juniors. Sometimes this is overlooked and people forget to show respect. It...

Shotokan Kata Picker

Have you ever had a problem picking a kata to work on?  Today, I am going to show you a neat little website that will take the help you. There are times when I am practicing on my own that I struggle deciding which of the Shotokan Katas I want to work on. This neat little website will take the guess work out of it. This website, kata-picker.maritimeikd.com will help you out. I will put a...