Traditional Shotokan Karate comes to Tehachapi


August 19, 2023

Karate is the world’s most popular martial art and Shotokan is karate’s most popular style.

Shotokan Karate was developed in 1922 by the father of modern day karate, Gichin Funakoshi. Master Funakoshi’s philosophy was simple, ”The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

Shotokan is a prominent martial art because it develops character, self-discipline, control, improves physical fitness and teaches humility and respect. The emphasis on respect and humility are the guiding principles which makes Shotokan such a unique and special discipline.

This discipline is renowned for its rigorous and demanding training regimen and is considered the most powerful style of karate. Shotokan emphasizes the development of powerful strikes.

Shotokan teaches students to always avoid conflict and master the art of a single blow. Shotokan power comes from combining speed, breathing and mental focus so one effective blow ends an attack.

In today’s world of increasing violence and bullying, the need to defend yourself requires an effective form of self-defense. The powerful strikes and defensive techniques of Shotokan become a useful deterrent in the defense against physical attacks.

Shotokan Karate offers the most amazing physical and character benefits and challenges for kids, teens and adults alike no matter the age. For some, Shotokan will become the journey of a lifetime.

Classes are always demanding and challenging striving to develop each student’s potential. Training has a strict no contact rule. Students are gradually taught the powerful techniques of Shotokan emphasizing control without making contact with a training partner.

Students who progress to kumite (sparring) will wear protective gear with controlled contact. Classes for kids, teens and adults are offered five days a week.

Registration, class times and further information are now being offered Monday 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 1:30 p.m., at EMB Martial Arts Center, 20424 W. Valley Blvd., Ste. C, Old Town Tehachapi, next to Domingos.

Classes begin Sept. 11.


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