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The differences between Shotokan Karate-Do and Tae Kwon Do.

Shotokan is from Japan, Tae Kwon Do is from Korea. Shotokan uses an equal amount of hand and feet combinations. Tae Kwon Do uses more high kicking techniques. Shotokan uses lower position, rooted basic stances, Tae Kwon Do uses higher position stances. Both Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do have traditional forms to practice but look very different. I would never say that one style is better than the other that would depend on who’s teaching and who’s practicing. Both Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do have something to offer if you have a dedicated instructor and student. For me and thousands of others we find that something through the practice of Shotokan Karate-Do.  


Both Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do have something to offer if you have a dedicated instructor and student. For us and thousands of others we find that something through the practice of Shotokan Karate-Do. Call today to learn more about our offerings and what you can gain in life, fitness and family through the art of Karate - Do

Karate is an art form which was developed in Okinawa in the 17th century.

Japan forcibly occupied the island of Okinawa in 1609 and confiscated all weapons.  Kara means empty and te means hand, and Do means the way of. So when you put this all together you have Karate-Do which means the way of the empty hand. Empty hand refers to the fact that the early practitioners of karate did not carry or use weapons because they were taken away which meant that through very intense training their bodies became weapons. Karate was brought over to Japan by a man named Gichin Funakoshi. He is considered the father of modern karate. People who practice karate learn how to use proper stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks. People who study karate do so for many different reasons such as exercise,  self- control and self- defense. Karate should never be practiced to learn how to beat people up. No one especially children should ever practice and use what they learn while studying karate to pick on other children or to become bullies. 

What is Shotokan


There are many styles of karate-do in the world. One of the most widely practiced is SHOTOKAN. Shotokan is the name of the style Gichen Funakoshi developed and introduced to the Japanese. In Shotokan there’s an equal amount of hand and feet techniques or waza. In a traditional Shotokan school there a three parts to practice and learn. Kihon or the basic movements such as stances, blocks, strikes etc is the beginning part, next are Katas or forms. A kata could be best described as a formal, well- choreographed routine consisting of the basics and combinations of those basics. Katas a very similar to a gymnastic floor routine. The third part of Shotokan training is known as kumite or sparring. In this school,kumite is taught, practiced, learned and performed four different ways, one step, three step, five step and freestyle. Freestyle is the combination all techniques that have been practiced many, many times in order to produce a second nature free flowing style. Many schools start having their students engage in free sparring within the beginning stages of learning. It is my belief that a person practice at least one year before being introduced to freestyle sparring. So kihon, kata and kumite make up the bulk of Shotokan training in a traditional dojo (school). I was very blessed in my training to study under the expertise of Sensei Toyotaro Miyazaki from Japan. He is a 5th degree black belt traditionalist in Shotokan Karate-Do and has been involved in this discipline for over 55 yrs.

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