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Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is often regarded as a 'hard' and 'external' martial art because it is taught that way to beginners and coloured belts to develop strong basic techniques and stances. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style which incorporates grappling and some aikido-like techniques, which can be found in the black belt katas. Kumite techniques mirror these stances and movements at a basic level, but are less structured, with a focus instead on speed and efficiency.
The Shotokan Karate Center of Miami (SKC) is a member to the USA National Karate Federation (USANKF) who is affiliated with the World Karate Federation (WKF).
Through out the year the Shotokan Karate Center of Miami competes at local tournaments around Miami, however their priorities are to participate at the State, US Open, and National championships that are indorsed by the USANKF and WKF. The Shotokan Karate Center of Miami has proudly produced many medalist in their first year of competition starting in 2010. We look forward to attending next years USANKF National Championships and bringing home many GOLD medals! Although the Shotokan Karate Center of Miami is a traditional karate style, we do accommodate students wishing to participate in sport karate competition. Shotokan Karate as a sport has been on a steady incline since the late 1960s. It provides a method of testing your abilities in a controlled environment. The sparring is fast paced not only for the spectator, but requires precision skill and control by the competitor. In Shotokan karate you pull your technique, scoring points by showing the judges what you could do in a self defense situation. The kata competition shows a combination of grace and power in technique through a series of choreographed movements that represent the competitor defending themselves in a multi attack environment. Both provide a sense of self accomplishment and build confidence by performing in front of their peers and an audience.
Shotokan Karate is a Healthy Choice
Many people think of Shotokan karate and they visualize dazzling high kicks and dropping into the splits ala Jean Claude Van Damm. Not everyone will be physically able to perform these feats that are seen at the movies that typically stereotype karate and we're not going to pretend that we'll be able to make anybody a star. Our purpose is to make sure that you work at a level that is comfortable, yet challenging to yourself.
Awareness and Self Defence
The key to self defense does not rely on punching and kicking. As a matter of fact, we discourage physical action in any confrontation unless it is an absolute last resort. Learning to be aware of your surroundings and avoiding dangerous situations is the focus of awareness. Simple things that people probably already know are used as constant reminders so that awareness becomes a natural way of thinking. We don't want people to be paranoid or scared to walk around their own block or to go to school, but many bad situations can be avoided.
Concentration and Focus
Concentration is something that for many people, has to be taught. Many doctors are now recommending people with A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) and A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit and Hearing Disorder) learn Shotokan karate because of the concentration skills that are developed through the training drills and the practice of kata - a series of movements, much like a dance choreography with the use of Shotokan karate techniques.
Balance is a physical, and mental attribute that is developed as a result of Shotokan karate training. Balance in the physical sense is acquired by performing drills that make you aware of what your body is doing while in motion. Balance as a mental characteristic is developed as you use karate as a mental stimulant. For most people karate will not be as natural as walking so you will have to rationalize your movements as you learn them. With the presence of a good physical and mental balance you will enhance and develop your skills.
Shotokan karate as a mental stimulant
For most people Shotokan karate will not be as natural as walking so you will have to rationalize your movements as you learn them. With the presence of a good physical and mental balance you will enhance and develop your skills.
Control is a result of focus, concentration, and confidence. Through the efforts of repetitive Shotokan Karate training people learn their limitations. The more aggressive person may want to push those limitations, which is not a bad thing, but they learn to deal with what they have in front of them. Emotions such as anger and fear may never leave a person completely but by practice, like anything else, you can learn to control them.
Respect, Discipline and Humility
Most educated people associate Shotokan karate with discipline. This is because of the format in which the classes are taught. In Shotokan karate there is a ranking system which lets people know where they stand. Shotokan Karate doesn't have to be militaristic to the point it was originally intended (after all it is a martial art developed to defend ones' life) but these values are instilled. Generally a person who enters a Shotokan karate class will see that people will bow to each other, call the instructor Sensei (teacher) and conform to the rules and guidelines set forth by the club. This makes a person feel rather awkward themselves if they don't conform to their surroundings. If there is a problem child or an adult with an overbearing demeanor they will be dealt with on a personal level. Most difficult people can be taught humility simply by being in an enviorment where it is prominent.
People need direction. Most people enter a Shotokan karate club with visions of wearing a black belt. The realization of reaching that goal can be overwhelming without proper direction. As instructors we help individuals set reasonable goals so that a person can make these ambitions attainable. Instead of thinking about a black belt that may be five or more years down the road, we focus on our ranking system which breaks it down to a few months at a time. At each level the student knows in advance what is expected of them to reach the next level. People that learn the importance of mile marking goals can more readily accept some of lifes challenges and learn to make realistic goals for themselves when there isn't someone there to do it for them.
You have to feel good about yourself and you have to trust in your abilities to be confident. Shotokan Karate teaches you how to handle pressure by applying a little bit at a time. Every individual has a certain limit and once you find it you feel comfortable. Once your comfortable you can start to expand or push those limits and feel good about trying something you never imagined you could before. Shotokan Karate is an endless learning experience that provides constant challenge keeping you alert and to let your confidence grow.
Like a school teacher, we as Shotokan karate instructors have a responsibility to our students to instill positive values. Children benefit by the mental stimulation of learning the choreographed moves of the kata and the discipline of conforming to the rules of the club. An adult doesn't have to feel self conscious about getting the physical benefits of the exercise provided. Shotokan Karate instills the confidence to walk away from confrontation, not to contest it head on. To teach these values at an early age will benefit a child for the rest of their life. On an adult perspective, it can shed a bit of light through the stresses of our daily routines.
Constant Supervision & Guidance
Shotokan Karate clubs, unlike many health clubs provide constant instruction by experienced leaders. Most people don't have the discipline to work out by themselves and it's human nature to work on what we already do well rather than to work at what is more difficult. By having the instructors lead a class through a planned routine you get a good balanced workout. Shotokan Karate also promotes group support by having students work with each other under the guidance of an instructor. This teaches a more experienced student to work their leadership skills by passing along information that they have gathered over the years. A less experienced student will also ask questions that will challenge the senior student. This is a challenge that requires the senior student to put trust in their abilities and in return adds a real sense of accomplishment.
Shotokan Karate is Fun!
Not only do you benefit from learning the techniques and routines that Shotokan karate provides, you do it with other people that share a common interest. Any extra curricular activity you involve yourself with should be a release from the stress or anxiety that is built up in our daily routines. People involved in Shotokan karate can established friendships for life.
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