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The Japan Karate Association (JKA) Auckland is a long-standing karate club training in the traditional Shotokan style of karate. Membership to the Japan Karate Association Auckland opens up many training opportunities, allowing access into any Japan Karate Association dojo worldwide. The Japan Karate Association is the generally recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition as developed by Supreme Master Funakoshi Gichin, and teaches a specially refined form of the Shotokan style of karate.


What is the Shotokan style of karate? Shotokan karate is one of the most widely practised forms of karate in the world today, and one of the most traditional. Introduced to Japan from Okinawa by Master Funakoshi Gichin, Shotokan puts a heavy focus on Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (forms), and Kumite (sparring) to develop a range of powerful and dynamic techniques. The designation “Shotokan” derives from “Shoto,” which was the pen name Master Funakoshi used when writing poetry. The Japanese Karate Association has refined the Shotokan style even further, creating a related, but a unique style all its own. The strength of this style proves itself time and again: the Japanese Karate Association has by far the largest number of All Japan and international karate tournament champions. 

What is the JKA’s philosophy of karate? At the Japanese Karate Association, karate is not a sport or a game of points; it is a way of life-based on Bushido. In true karate, the body, mind and spirit—the whole person—mustbe developed simultaneously. Through intense practice, the physical and mental aspects of karate can be brought together. The result is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through the perfect unity of body and mind. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of bushido, and the cornerstone of the JKA’s karate philosophy.

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