Shotokan Karate is a traditional style of Japanese Karate with Okinawan roots, developed by Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957). "Shoto" refers to pine trees swaying like tiger tails, and was the pen name of Funakoshi in his writings. "Kan" means building or place. Training is divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Strength and power are initially emphasized with more fluid movements and techniques developed in the upper belts. The five philosophical rules of training are: seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor to excel, respect others and refrain from violent behavior.
Our program has ten levels, white through black belts. It is an excellent art for self defense, fitness and character building for children, adults and families. Skills learned in the dojo make a difference for life and help children in academics and against bullying. Training is a gradual walk toward excellence where black belts are earned.
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We are convenient to Gainesville, Warrenton, Haymarket, Vint Hill & Bristow
Accelerated Program: We welcome students who have prior experience in the martial arts who are interested in expanding their knowledge with Shotokan Karate or Chi-Lin Kung Fu. We will work with you at an individualized pace, respecting your prior achievements. Kung Fu is an especially great next step for black belts looking to continue their training.