I come to you with only Karate, Empty Hands.
I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself,
my principles, or my honor,
should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong,
then here are my weapons, Karate, my Empty Hands.
Karate is not an easy art. But it is an art. And like any art the
more you put into it, the more it will repay you.
Karate enriches you physically, mentally and
spiritually—developing your body, your mind and your character.
Especially at the JKA.
What is Karate-do?
Kara is the Japanese
word for empty while te means
hand and do translates as the way, or path. So Karate-do
is The Way of the Empty Hand. It is a martial art in which the
ultimate purpose is not to seek to win, but to work towards
perfection of character, self-control and self-discipline by the
accumulation of experience through training. It is also a form
of self-defence using all parts of the body which, by hard and
systematic training, become effective and powerful weapons.
Karate encompasses whole body movements which develop balance,
flexibility, co-ordination, speed and power. This is achieved
through the constant practice of the basic movements (Kihon)
which, due to their variety and complexity, can be considered as
a complete art form themselves.
What is Shotokan Karate?
Shotokan Karate originated in Okinawa, a small island south
of Japan. It was popularized in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi in the
Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art. This means that
improvements in character and mental discipline are as important
as physical skill, if not more so. Shotokan Karate is meant to
be accessible to all, including, women, children, and those
without great athletic ability. JKA Kuwait Dojo offers a caring,
safe environment where everyone can learn the art of karate. Its
practice leads to:
• Muscular and Aerobic fitness
• Body alignment, balance and movement
• Increased perceptual awareness
• Stress management
• Concentration, confidence and discipline
Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese style of Karate. It
combines both mental and physical training to refine the
character of its students. Karate means "empty hand" as
translated from its Chinese characters. As a result, Karate uses
no weapons in its training, relying on the hands, feet, and body
of its participants.
The founder of modern Karate, Gichin Funakoshi from Okinawa, first
demonstrated his powers to the Japanese public in 1922 in Tokyo.
Funakoshi established his first Dojo in Japan in 1936. The Japan
Karate Association (JKA) was created in 1955 with Funakoshi as
the Chief Instructor. The name Shotokan is derived from
Funakoshi'ss pen-name, Shoto and the Japanese word for hall, kan.
Why should I join a Karate club?
Master Funakoshi's precept says that The ultimate aim of
karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of
its participants. Karate is beneficial both physically and mentally: you
will improve your physical fitness and flexibility, you will have a better
understanding of body dynamics, a greater awareness of your surroundings, a
greater ability to defend yourself,
and the ability to control your emotions in high pressure situations. Most of
all, Karate will build your self-confidence in everyday life.
Why should I join this club in particular?
We are affiliated with
Japan Karate Association/World Federation, all the grades and ranks you get, are
We are on a friendly
environment, no stress no hates, speak up we hear you..
Is Karate Violent?
There is no first attack in Karate. Every Karate move always
begins with a defense. Karate is based on respect,
discipline, relaxation and calm awareness. An
aggressive, emotional attitude is contrary to the philosophical
and practical nature of the martial art. Funakoshi said
that "The spirit of Karate is lost without courtesy". In
Karate one learns the values of kindness, sincerity and
self-control. The students are taught to be bold and gentle, and
to have confidence and humility. These contrasting combinations
eventually lead to total harmony of body and mind. This is the
true aim of Karate.
Is Karate an Effective Self-Defense?
Karate is the ultimate in unarmed self-defense.
It is designed to disable with one move; it has techniques
against all forms of attack and has been developed through
centuries of harsh experience. Most importantly, it
trains the mental and emotional skills of combat, as well as
the physical. Strength and size are not important in
Karate - it can be performed well with whatever strength you
have, by relying on technique, speed and
co-ordination. Karate teaches you how to avoid possible
confrontations - it is far better to de-fuse or to avoid a
dangerous situation than to confront it.
What Happens in the Lessons?
Karate consists of three aspects: Kata, Kihon
(basics) and Kumite (Fighting). Kihon involves the
systematic training of various blocks, strikes, punches and
kicks. Kumite is the application of the techniques learned in
Kihon. The Fighting is all pre-determined and is non-contact,
being carried out with great control.
What is Kata?
Kata are formal exercises consisting of pre-determined
defensive and offensive movements, performed in a sequence. They
are performed by oneself against a series of imaginary attacks
by several opponents. The secrets of Karate are hidden in these
beautiful compositions of lethal movement. They are the means by
which the fundamental techniques of Karate are
transferred to each generation. There are 27 kata in Shotokan
- a new kata or series of kata are learnt after each grading.
Who can Take Up Karate?
Karate is for everyone - men, women and children; old or
young; fit or not. Every girl or woman should know what to do if
attacked. Women in the lesson get the same training as the men.
Children can benefit from the self-discipline, and the skills
acquired will improve their self-confidence and character. The
training is non-competitive. Older people have gained their
black belts after 60 and have practiced the art into their 80s.
Older students receive the same training as younger people,
although naturally the instructor will not demand the same level
of endurance. Everyone's training is with oneself - the
instructor only expects the best that you can achieve; there is
no competition with anyone else in the lesson. You can adjust
your training to suit your own stamina and abilities, but the
harder you train the more you will benefit.
What Do the Belt Colors Mean?
Beginners wear a white belt. Students are then graded
starting from 9th kyu (first white belt), to brown belt (1 kyu)
then will be able to apply for black belts which starting from
ShoDan (1st black belt).
How Good is Karate for Fitness?
Karate is one of the most balanced and complete
ways of keeping in good physical condition. Karate incorporates
the use of the entire body in which legs, hips, spine, shoulders
and arms are co-ordinated to develop balance, flexibility,
poise, speed, strength and stamina. No other form of training
uses as many parts of the body to such an extent. Karate is not
seasonal and so one's condition can be maintained throughout the
year. Other forms of training, where exercise for the sake of
exercise is done, become a chore after the first enthusiasm
passes and are invariably dropped. However, Karate becomes more
interesting and rewarding as you progress, without any limit.
Even after decades of training, students will still be learning
and improving their techniques - this is very rare in any sport.
Is Karate good for my health?
Yes. Because Karate involves both stretching and
cardiovascular exercise, it is extremely good for your health.
Furthermore, unlike many other activities, Karate uses almost
all muscle groups. This means that your body becomes very well
balanced rather than overworked in specific muscle groups.
Are There any Other Benefits from Karate?
Karate is a means of developing friendship. At its best it is
also a means of gaining self-understanding and
self-confidence. It is an art form through which one can
express individuality. Karate is also a bridge to other cultures
and times, and it establishes a contact with one's mind and body
that is rare in Western education. The true rewards lie in the
improvement of mind, body, and character.
Without this threefold development, mastery of the techniques
will be impossible. Great personal effort and mental
concentration are needed to learn Karate, but the rewards are
Will I be able to defend
Students of Shotokan Karate, knowing that they can handle
themselves in a physical conflict, feel confident, and thus are
able to avoid most confrontations without resorting to a
physical fight. If there is no avoiding a fight, the student of
Karate learns to disable his or her opponent in one blow.