We practice the Shotokan style because it suits us best. It is direct and to the point. The stances and techniques in the Shotokan style are big and deep which allows the movements to be powerful and strong. Shotokan’s founder Gichin Funakoshi believed that karate practice combined with the observance of certain principles would improve a person’s character. We agree.
The principles Funakoshi established are known as his Dojo Kun. They are :
- Seek Perfection of Character
- Protect the way of Truth
- Foster the Spirit of Effort
- Respect the principles of Etiquette and Respect Others
- Refrain from Impetuous Courage Violent Behavior
For more reading on Gichin Funakosi and the Shotokan Style of Karate, Wikipedia is a good place to start.
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Martial arts is a life-changing practice. It improves physical fitness, concentration, coordination, self-esteem, social skills, and respect for yourself and others. It also provides a means of self-defense and is a lot of fun. This is just a short summary of benefits, but you can read more on our Benefits of Martial Arts Practice and Training.
We are in the Grandview and Upper Arlington area not far from The Ohio State University. Our address is 1589 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.
We practice the Shotokan style of karate. To read more about this world-recognized style, see our information on Shotokan.
We are members of USA Karate – the Olympic committee’s officially recognized the world-recognized governing body of sports karate in the United States.