Adult Karate Program
Specifically, Arizona Shotokai Karate traces its origins to the Japanese traditions of Bushido, for “Samurai Code of Chivalry”, or Bujutsu, “Martial Art”. Our Karate preserves these traditions, adapting them so practitioners can better cope with the rigors of our busy and often pressure filled 21st century lives.
Exactly what has been adapted? For one thing, our karate fundamentally differs from the so-called full-contact fighting sports, including boxing, mixed martial arts, sport karate, or other similar sports. Arizona Shotokai Karate is not a full-contact fighting sport: All strikes are carefully controlled (punches are “pulled”, so to speak) because not doing so would be devastating to the opponent. How can this be?
In point of fact, the essence of our Karate is captured in classical Japanese Bushido expressions. The core concept is “Ichigeki, hissatsu”, most aptly translated as “One overpowering strike”, begging the question of how one can accomplish this.
Another key concept is “Niku wo kirasete, hone wo kiru”, referring to being willing in spirit to accept a glancing blow so as to decisively overpower the opponent. In other words, the karate practitioner strives to skillfully deliver the perfect or ideal strike even under the most intense pressure.
These expressions are best understood as metaphors that describe how to master the full potential of mind and body that the truly peaceful spirit of our Karate first harnesses, and then so powerfully releases.
While such statements are often made about Karate and appear in countless movies that reference the martial arts, putting the real spirit of the art of Karate into practice is a life long undertaking.
How do we bring the full capabilities of the body and spirit to bear? Anatomically and physiologically speaking, our Karate utilizes highly-calibrated Open and Closed Kinetic Chain movements that produce peak performance.
Breaking matters down further, our Karate utilizes a three-fold method of generating maximum power, namely, hip rotation and compression, joint bending-extension power, and whole-body centrifugal force.
At advanced levels, such as during Kumite (sparring), Karate practitioners come to appreciate a “Flow Experience”, sometimes called “Being in the Zone”. Flow Experience refers to the sense of mastery that occurs when the highly-skilled practitioner executes a very challenging undertaking. Sixteenth century Japanese sword master Miyamoto Musashi seems to have been describing the Flow Experience when he wrote, “When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally. All this is the Way of the Void.”
The focus and curriculum of this class although based on Budo Karate is still a great way for parents who have their children enrolled into our Karate program better help and support their children and be able to identify with them while learning Karate together.
KARATE: It’s Not a Sport. It’s a Lifestyle.