• Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give...It's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward. Sylvester Stallone
  • The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. - John Ruskin
  • Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. - Sir Winston Churchill
  • The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants. - Master Funikoshi
  • Concentration is the secret of strength - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. - Bruce Lee

20 Years in Vernon

training

The three core elements of Shotokan Karate Training are kihon (fundamentals), kata (patterns) and kumite (sparring).

Kihon

Kata

Kumite

the practice of basic techniques such as punching, kicking, striking, stances and movement. a stepwise sequence of techniques or movements directed against imaginary opponents or enemies. allows the students to use practical applications of kata with real opponents.

Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun is often recited at the end of a karate lesson, to remind the student that they should have a strong humble character, both within the dojo, and away from it. Taken from Funakoshi's Twenty Guiding Principles, the Dojo Kun should be recited in unison, with conviction and passion.

Hitotsu. Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto.
Seek perfection of character.
Hitotsu. Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
Be faithful.
Hitotsu. Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
Endeavor.
Hitotsu. Reigi o omonjiru koto.
Respect others.
Hitotsu. Kekki no yuu o imashimeru koto.
Refrain from violent behavior

Training Prayer