is a unique combination of philosophical principles, combat techniques,
and “built-in” strategies.
It is a 500-year-old
system of weaponless self-defense that originated in China, made
its way to Okinawa, and was transplanted and formalized in Japan
during the early part of the twentieth century. The forefathers
of Shotokan Karate developed a combat system that stemmed from real-time
life or death fighting situations.
The wisdom and
understanding of these civil combat traditions has been handed down
to us over the years. The fighting skills passed on to us are realistic
and designed for true-to- life combat and street self-defense situations.
Funakoshi, the founder of the Shotokan School, was the first to
teach and organize Karate on the Japanese mainland in 1922. Karate
or “empty hand” fighting was, before this time, passed on in secrecy
from master to student on Okinawa Island.
Master Funakoshi is known as
the father of modern day karate. (Check the S.K.A. brochure for
who trained at the prestigious Waseda University and was captain
of the karate club while there, was one of the last students of
Master Funakoshi. Mr. Ohshima went on to found Shotokan Karate of
America Inc. in 1955 assuming the role of Shihan (chief instructor).
This was the first karate organization ever formed
in the United States.
is now a worldwide organization with over 140 dojos (practice halls)
and clubs in America alone.
Shotokan Karate of America is
currently a nonprofit organization that is devoted to the protection,
perpetuation, and advancement of the legacy of Shotokan Karate as
a martial art.
The martial arts
as a whole develop superior fighting skills and help cultivate many
internal qualities that lead to a virtuous character and, therefore,
a productive life. The knowledge acquired by way of vigorous karate
practices will help the devotee in all areas of their life.
joining Shotokan Karate of America, all new members receive a wide
assortment of information from the S.K.A. designed to help them
understand the organization in more detail.
Valley Shotokan also gives its
new dojo members a packet of information explaining all important
aspects and preconditions of training that are specific to the Valley
of America supports itself, almost exclusively, by the annual dues
collected in all S.K.A. dojos and clubs. Therefore, everyone at
Valley Shotokan is required to pay association dues every year.
Membership dues are $50.00 for the first year and $75.00 for the
second year and each year thereafter. Membership in Shotokan Karate
of America (S.K.A.) Is renewable every January. Valley Shotokan
administers the first membership signing. The S.K.A., thereupon,
manages other yearly payments directly.
Paying dojo and Association
dues, are in fact, part of karate practice itself