Karate is a martial art of Okinawan origin which means “empty hand”. There are many different styles of karate like Wado Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Shito Ryu, Goyu Ryu , Shotokan, and others. At the Olympic Karate Shotokan dojo we teach the traditional Shotokan style characterized by deep, long stances which provide stability, and power generated through speed. Shotokan literally means the “House of Pine Waves” (referring to the movement of the wind through pine trees). “Shoto” was the pen name of the founder of the style, Master Gichin Funakoshi.
Training in karate teaches more than self-defense, balance, speed, power, and flexibility. Its ultimate goal is to develop the character of the student by teaching respect of others, humility, patience, perseverance, and determination. It is an activity that people of all ages can do as a group, or individually, and without the need for equipment.
The training encompasses three areas: Kihon (basic techniques), Kumite (sparring), and Kata (set forms). Olympic Karate Shotokan will teach you not only karate techniques, but moreover how to become a better human being.