At New Mexico Shotokan Karate, we train the three components of Shotokan: Kata: The formal solo exercises of offensive and defensive techniques in a series of predetermined movements. Kihon: The practice of the fundamental techniques of punching, striking, blocking, and kicking. Kumite: Three step sparring, and one step sparring teach basic distance and timing. semi free sparring increased movement. Free sparring teaches advanced timing and distance, and allows the advanced Karate student to test there skills.
shotokan karate Japanese Martial Arts
New Mexico Shotokan Karate is a family oriented dojo (karate school). Students learn self-defense, develop awareness of one’s surrounding, increase coordination, flexibility, build self-confidence, self-esteem, develop discipline and self-control. Students learn Japanese terminology as they practice karate. Students have the opportunity to participate in state, national and international competitions.
Shotokan karate was founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), and is considered by many to be the father of modern karate. Funakoshi Sensei trained in two arts while in Okinawa, Shorei Ryu and Shorin Ryu. Upon his arrival in Japan proper, to introduce the art of karate, combined these two styles which he simply referred to as karate. He and his son, Yashitaka Funakoshi, were responsible for developing the characteristics of modern Shotokan Karate. The characteristics of Shotokan karate are deep long stances, powerful stable movement, linear direct punching and kicking and dynamic hip rotation. Shotokan is commonly referred to as a “hard and linear style” due to its systematic approach of teaching beginners.