Kentucky Shotokan Karate Association
Japan Karate Association (JKA)
Kentucky Shotokan Karate Association (KSKA) was founded in 1986. The
KSKA is nationally affiliated with the Shotokan Karate-Do International
(SKDI), headquartered in New York, New York. The SKDI's chief
instructor, Master Masataka Mori (9th Dan, JKA) directs many regions
throughout the Americas. The KSKA is also a member of the Japan Karate
Association (JKA), an international organization with member clubs in
over 100 countries. The JKA has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Offering traditional Japanese karate classes for men, women and children
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.