What is Karate?
The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning "empty," and te, meaning "hand;" thus, karate means empty hand. Adding the suffix -do (pronounced "doe"), meaning "way," i.e., karate-do, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications. In traditional karate-do, we always keep in mind that the true opponent is oneself.
Karate practice benefits the student in all areas of their life. It is not an end, but a means to an end. Karate encourages proficiency and the keen coordination of mind and body.
Karate practice strengthens the mind, develops composure, a clearer thought process, deeper insight into one’s mental capabilities, and more self-confidence.
It strengthens the entire body, improves coordination, quickens reflexes, builds stamina and overall health.
It values courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honour, and self-control.
We follow the teachings of Tsutomu Ohshima, chief instructor or shihan of SKA and a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.
Lakeshore Shotokan (like the CSK and SKA) is a not-for-profit, non-commercial organisation. Instructors volunteer their time because they are passionate about Shotokan and the benefits it brings to participants.
Shotokan focuses on 3 main competencies:
*For young children sparring starts against an opponent who never hits back - the bag!
How is Lakeshore Shotokan Karate different?
At Lakeshore Shotokan we focus on getting the foundations right, emphasising the importance of goodform, precise technique and powerful execution.
We are devoted to teaching karate at its highest level, as an authentic and traditional martial art.
We keep classes small to ensure individual attention.