Q. What is Shotokan Karate ?
A. Shotokan Karate is known for its simplicity and effectiveness. Its techniques are based on correct application of body dynamics. One also learns to apply patience, discipline, co-ordination and balance. Applying balance with the delivery of correct and effective Shotokan techniques. We emphasise harmonious use of mind and body. At the heart of Shotokan Karate training is the development of character as well as the conditioning of one’s body. In karate-do, respect for others, calmness, and perfection of character takes priority over physical skills. Even though Shotokan’s techniques can produce very effective results, Shotokan Karate is much more than a form of fighting. It is a discipline. For some, it is a catalyst that impacts, sharpens and improves all aspects of their lives.
Shotokan Karate has also become known as the sport with a purpose and might be considered as the most ideal physical excercise for children and adults of all ages. Shotokan style karate offers great benefits such as, greater focus, increased self-esteem, increased self-discipline, calmness, and a more positive attitude toward life, as well as knowledge of self-defense. The main focus of Shotokan Karate training is the perfection of charachter.
Q. Why should I or my child train?
A. There are many reasons to take Shotokan Karate, as there are people who take it. Each individual has his or her own reason for training in Shotokan Karate. However, three reasons stand out above the rest.
1. SHOTOKAN KARATE AS A PATH TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT.
Some people take Shotokan Karate as a means to improve themselves. Shotokan Karate offer rigorous physical fitness training and a way to improve speed, power, flexibility, co-ordination and confidence. Shotokan Karate is also studied by some to enhance inner peace and strength.
2. SHOTOKAN KARATE AS A SPORT
A great many people take Shotokan Karate as recreational sport, which they train year long . Some take it to develop skill and technique (as demonstrated in our KATAS), while others who may enjoy the competitions, take it for the sparring( controlled contact fighting against an opponent or Kumite). Most people that begin training find that they enjoy both aspects of this sport. In addition to there being regional, national and world championships, Sasksa competes at all levels of competition.
3.SHOTOKAN KARATE FOR SELF-DEFENCE
Shotokan Karate is a very effective way to counter an attacker. Sensei teaches techniques to subdue or disable. It conditions the reflexes to react instinctively if attacked. Best of all, no weapons are needed, so Shotokan Karate can be used whenever and wherever necessary.
Q. What are the benefits of Karate?
A.SASKA-USA is a Shotokan-Ryu Dojo with the primary objective of introducing people of all ages to the many benefits of training in the art of Shotokan.
1. Benefits for adults:
*Increased motor skills- allow the participants of the program to enhance their balance and hand/foot/eye co-ordination
*Self-discipline- promotes better problem solving capabilities, increased patience, and less frustration, which is vital to achieving worth while goals.
*Physical fitness- includes increased flexibility, cardiovascular, muscle tone, breathing, and overall proper health and fitness.
2. Benefits for children:
*Attention span; teaches children to focus on the task at hand.
*Respect; children learn the importance of respect in relation to authority figures, peers, and learning institutions.
*Leadership skills; children grow and accept responsibility as they progress in rank.
*Self-esteem; helps children to realize the intrinsic worth.
*Body awareness; helps prevent bumps and bruises, and allows children to lead more accident free lifestyles.
At the heart of SASKA USA lies the emphasis of character development. Our goal is for students to take lessons learned in the the dojo and apply them to daily life. Furthermore, we promote family participation in order to rediscover core family values that have been lost in our modern society.