What is Shotokan Karate- do?
Gichin Funkakoshi 1868-1957
Karate offers a complete mind and body workout that develops physical strength and mental discipline. A.K.O offers traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate. Classes include stretching, basic techniques, stances, punches, kicks, blocks, forms, sparring, and self-defense.
Karate-do is the “the way of empty hand.” The style we practice is called Shotokan, a traditional Japanese martial art popularized by Gichin Funkakoshi (1868-1957).
Funakoshi emphasized karate-do as a path toward self-improvement and development of spirit and character, rather than only a physical endeavor. "Shoto" was Funakoshi's pen name for his poetry, while Shotokan was the name of the hall where Shoto trained his students.
Shotokan karate is known for its deep, strong stances and powerful techniques. Training focuses equally on the three elements of traditional karate: kihon (basic techniques), kata (forms or formal exercises), and kumite (sparring).
With sensei Keigo Abe 9th. Dan JSKA in Erbil, Kurdistan
Additional Rules of Conduct
Bow upon entering and leaving the Dojo. This should be accompanied by an effort to change to a more serious and focused attitude. The dojo is any place we practice, even if it were an open field.
Treat the Dojo with respect, help other students keep the dojo clean the orderly.
The instructor is always addressed as “Sensei”. It is Japanese for “one who has passed this way before” or “teacher”. The most senior student is addressed as “Sempai”.
Adhere to the training schedule and try not to be late. However, if the delay is due to circumstances beyond your control, join the class, and make the Sensei aware of the reason at the end of the class. Similarly, if you have to leave the class early, advise the Sensei before the class starts. Then, at a logical break in the training, move to the door, standing with feet together, and await Sensei’s acknowledgment before leaving. A similar procedure is used if one unexpectedly needs to leave the class (for illness, toilet, etc.)
When the Sensei enters the dojo, the students should recognize him with “Oss” and/or a Rei (bow). This is a sign of respect that your Sensei deserves. Give respect to all karate participants, whatever the grade or age. Bow to Dan grades in order of seniority.
There should be no idle talking during class. It is disrespectful, and distracting to the Sensei and other participants. When you are listening to Sensei making an explanation during training, stand quietly and attentively, with the hands at the side or behind. Never lean against the wall, or place hands on the hips. This shows disrespect. Acknowledge the Sensei’s instructions with “Oss Sensei”.
Remember that training is not only in the dojo, no unnecessary violence inside or outside the dojo must be practiced at all times.