We emphasize the development of mind, spirit, and body. Karate is exercise, and karate is a form of self-defense, but it is about the development of character more than anything else.
While it may look impressive, it can also cause unnecessary injury - and when is the last time you heard about a board attacking someone anyway? (same goes for bricks and cinder blocks)
There are no shin pads, chest pads, or head gear in our dojo - because you are taught how to control your attacks without injuring your training partner. This skill is critical to your karate practice.
We are a dojo and an organization that believes strongly in the benefits of traditional shotokan karate, and this makes up the majority of our training. However, our students have opportunities to compete in tournaments throughout the year, and we incorporate some sport karate in our classes.
The Japan Karate Association is the only organization recognized by the Japanese government to promote Shotokan karate around the world. And every one of our instructors trained under Sensei Philip Dingman - 6th Dan - and one of the pioneers of Shotokan karate in Winnipeg.
Yes, we take our training seriously, and we expect our students to work hard and try their best - effort and spirit count for more than abilities and technique. But we want you to enjoy your training, so we don't take things (our ourselves) too seriously. Every class includes some good laughs!