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What is Shotokan Karate?

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 explosive delivery of each technique using the entire body system to maximize impact force.


Shotokan karate 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?

There's generally 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?

Because Karate 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 located?

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.


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2929 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Ph: 702.873.0891


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