What is Shotokan
Shotokan karate is a Japanese system of karate that originated from
Okinawa and was brought to Japan by Gichin Funakoshi in the early 1920's.
It's main emphasis is the character development of the individual student.
It is a "hard style" form of karate which emphasizes the
each technique using the entire body system
to maximize impact force.
is a very structured style and it is practiced very close if not exactly
the same from one karate dojo or school to the next wherever it is
being practiced in the world.
What's the difference
between Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do or Kung Fu?
One of the main
differences is that Shotokan Karate is Japanese based whereas Tae Kwon Do is Korean (even though it was derived originally
from the Shotokan style) and Kung Fu is Chinese. As opposed
to most Korean styles where kicking techniques are more emphasized,
in the Shotokan system of karate, kicking and punching techniques are
emphasized at about equal amount with hand techniques being emphasized
slightly more than kicking techniques.
Is there grappling
or weapons training in Shotokan Karate?
no grappling or weapons training in a Shotokan Dojo. Of course there
are always exceptions where the instructor has trained in some form of grappling art and has trained in weapons from another style.
Sweeping techniques is a big part of the Shotokan system however that would
render the opponent off balanced or be taken down to the floor, but these are immediately followed by a striking technique such as kicking or punching.
Is Karate good
for my health?
involves both stretching and cardiovascular exercise, it is extremely
good for your health. Furthermore, unlike many other activities, Karate
uses almost all muscle groups. This means that your body becomes very
well balanced rather than overworked in specific muscle groups.
Where is the dojo
The Dojo is
located on the corner of West Sahara Ave. and Richfield between
the Palace Station Hotel & Casino and Valley View Blvd. It is on the
same side of the street as the Palace Station.
2929 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
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