TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE
Background & Philosophy
Martial arts such as karate are excellent fitness and stress management tools for children and adults alike. At the Missouri Karate Association (MKA), we emphasize the development of the whole person, from physical strength and dynamism to a calmer and more positive outlook, even in the most stressful situations.
Ours is a non-contact dojo where the concentration is on skill development and learning excellence. This is especially important for children; it is consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics position on martial arts training for kids.
Karate aims to integrate the whole body to achieve powerful techniques with the least amount of effort possible. Moreover, it teaches practitioners to interact with the opponent using optimal distance and timing. This allows one to use the opponent’s action rather than conflict with his/her power.
The ultimate goal of karate is the infinite expansion of human potential through self defense art. In striving for this goal, practitioners will master self-defense as a means to polish mind and body.
Principles of karate can be applied to life as a whole. When one can handle themselves optimally under threatening conditions, regular life activities can be handled optimally.
The late Hidetaka Nishiyama was one of the original founders of Japan Karate Association (JKA), he established and ran the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) until his death in 2008.
As a direct student of Gichin Funakoshi (the founder of modern-day karate), Master Nishiyama pioneered in movement analysis and development of techniques associated with JKA-style Karate, from performance as well as from pedagogical perspective. Eventually, he coined the term Traditional Karate, which he preferred over labels such as "Shotokan" or "JKA-style", as his method and approach to training ultimately applied to all styles of karate, and ultimately any movement art or sport.