When Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of modern karate, first introduced his system of self-defense to mainland Japan in 1921, he was very careful to emphasize technique over strength. The same principle still holds true today. Karate will improve your fitness level as you practice this exciting martial art. Our traditional focus on the basics and correct form make it easy for beginners to train together with experienced individuals yet still progress at their own level of fitness and expertise. If you are new to exercise, your progress at the start will simply be more moderate; as your fitness improves, so will the pace at which you advance. This is an important distinction between Shotokan karate and most other martial arts. Because of this fundamental principle, regardless of size, fitness level, gender, or age, karate is easy for virtually every man, woman, and child to learn.
Karate has tremendous benefits for both your body and your mind. Physically, karate is great for the heart and strengthens bones, builds muscle, creates resilience, develops hand-eye coordination, and makes the body less susceptible to sickness and injury. Mentally, karate helps develop patience and discipline. Most importantly, karate is a proven system of practical self-defense!