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Kentucky Shotokan Karate Association


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Japan Karate Association (JKA)

Offering traditional Japanese karate classes for men, women and children

  • Self-Defense
  • Discipline
  • Confidence
  • Fitness
  • Respect

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese style of martial art and is practiced throughout the world. Karate practice is divided into three categories:

Kihon: Basic karate movements and techniques. Kihon includes karate stances,
punches, kicks and blocks. These techniques can be practiced individually or in combinations with each other.

Kata: Pre-arranged forms or patterns of karate simulating combat against a number
of imaginary opponents. There are 26 standard Shotokan Kata ranging from
beginner to advanced.

Kumite: Sparring is the practical application of karate techniques, in which students
work with partners. It ranges from the most basic form (kihon-kumite), in which everything is predetermined and the attacker and defender each know which techniques will be used to free-sparring (jiyu-kumite), where the opponents are free to apply any techniques.

"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant."
--Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate.