Shotokan Karate
  • Shotokan Karate

    The Art of Self-Defense

    Karate (empty hand) was created 100's of years ago by the people of Okinawa, a small island off the coast of Japan. Originally called Te (hand) it was developed to allow the people of the island defend themselves after the Japanese ruled they could not own weapons.

    In the early 1900's, a man named Gichin Funakoshi introducted the art of Karate to mainland Japan. He would go on to become one of the most famous masters in karate history. Gichin Funakoshi was an elementary school teacher and was nicknamed Shoto (Pine Waves) after the sound of the wind blowing through the needles of a pine tree. He would sit amongst the pine trees and write poetry.

    We practice his style of karate which is called Shotokan (Pine Waves' School).

  • Lineage

    A direct link to a Master

    The instructors at Shotokan Kids have a direct link to the teachings of Gichin Funakoshi. Master Funakoshi had several students which included Masatoshi Nakayama, Teruyuki Okazaki and Yutaka Yaguchi.

    Sensei Norm Robitza, the head instructor of Shotokan Kids, has been taught my many Masters including Teruyuki Okazaki and Yutaka Yaguchi.