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"The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants." ~ Gichin Funakoshi

Shotokan Explained

Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring).

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Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi was the father of Shotokan Karate-do, which is the type of karate that we teach here at Golden Tiger. Master Funakoshi was born in Shuri, Okinawa on November 10,1868. He died in his sleep in Tokyo, Japan on April 26,1957. He taught Shotokan Karate right up until he died.

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Kata is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes and blocks. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground, and jumping.

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