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Queens Village, NY 11428

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Shotokan Karate

The literal translation of the word “karate” is “empty hands.” 

This refers to the fact that karate originated as a system of unarmed

self-defense, using only the hands, feet, and body of the practitioner.


This system consists of basic techniques to block or evade then

counterattack with punches, kicks, and/or strikes, individually or in

various combinations. Gichin Funakoshi was the man responsible for, both,

introducing karate to Japan from Okinawa and systematizing the art into that

which we know it as today.


Born in 1869, Master Funakoshi was also a poet and used the pen name

“Shotot,” or “pine trees in the sand.” In turn, the style of karate he taught 

became known as “Shotokan style Japanese karate.” There are two areasthat differentiate Shotokan from other karate styles.

The first is the ratio of punches to kicks.


Some styles emphasize leg techniques, others emphasize hand techniques. Shotokan Karate strikes a balance between the two, making for a more harmonious art. The second differentiating aspect is the emphasis on judo for karate.


At Kyodai, we require a student to spend at least twelve weeks out of every year attending lessons that focus on falling, sweeping, and rolling.