Canton Tradtitional Shotokan Karate

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Learn a Traditional Martial Art Right Here In Canton

Shotokan Karate is the most widely practiced form of Karate in the world today, following the teachings of Gichin Funakoshi, the schoolteacher and poet who brought Karate out of Okinawa in the 1920s. Funakoshi’s pen-name was Shoto (meaning ‘pine waves’) and so this style of Karate came to be known as Shoto-Kan, or ‘the House of Shoto’. Thus the full name of the Art, Shotokan-ryu Karate-Do translates as ‘The Way of the Empty Hand as Taught in the House of Funakoshi’. Shotokan emphasizes a balanced development of speed, skill, strength and range of technique taught within a system which instills self-confidence and self-discipline.

Excel Martial Arts began offering classes in Traditional Shotokan Karate, under the leadership of Sensei Alex Foygelman. Come experience this class in Canton!

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Karate For Everyone in Canton

Karate students come from all age groups, ethnic and religious backgrounds and both sexes: it doesn’t matter what your current level of fitness is – Karate is designed to gradually improve your fitness, as you progress.

Classes begin with a comprehensive warm-up, to ensure that the body is ready for physical training and to develop flexibility. During beginners’ courses, the main class will initially be split up into groups: one for beginners and one for more advanced students, ensuring that each group may be taught at an appropriate level and pace.

The three sections of Karate training are:
  • Kihon (basic technique)– where blocks, strikes and stances, the fundamentals of Karate, are taught
  • Kata (forms/patterns)– an extended series of combination techniques representing symbolic defense against multiple assailants and containing the close-range techniques of Karate
  • Kumite (fighting/sparring)– where the techniques learned in Kihon and Kata are put to use against ‘real’ opponents. Kumite begins with basic blocks and counter-strikes to single, named attacks, becoming more advanced as the student progresses, to Jiyu-Kumite (free-fighting), where students learn to attack with, and defend against, multiple unannounced attacks more akin to a real ‘street’ scenario.

And The Benefits Will Help You In Every Part of Life

To reach a high standard in Karate requires enthusiastic and consistent physical training, promoting fitness, well-being and concentration, along with dedication and commitment, promoting a confident and determined character. There is also a ‘Dojo Kun’, or Code of Conduct, which not only ensures a safe and disciplined training environment but also serves as a tool for molding behavior so that true Karateka can learn the confidence and awareness to diffuse or escape dangerous situations, using violence only as a last resort. So if you’re interested in learning to stay safe and improving your fitness, confidence and personal discipline, along with a great social life and making new friends with like-minded people – why not try us out?

You can expect benefits in our Canton classes like:
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Increased Self-Discipline & Respectfulness
  • The ability to handle peer pressure and bullies
  • Enhance physical skills and coordination
  • Real self-defense principles that could save your life

Get Started in Canton Today!

At Excel Martial Arts in Canton, we can't wait to share this traditional style with our students! Under the expert instruction of Sensei Alex Foygelman, you'll learn the background of this amazing Martial Art and become a part of an amazing community.

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Our Traditional Shotokan Classes Are Located In

  • Mansfield
  • Canton

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