FSKI - Funakoshi Shotokan Karate International


What is Karate?

Karate is an ancient form of self defence, the origins of which can be traced back hundreds of years.

Shoto was the pen name of Gichin Funakoshi and this is where the style of Karate we practice gets its name - Shotokan Karate means "empty hand". Through the diligent regular study and practice of this art, one will develop and very strong mind and body. Body mechanics have to practiced to ensure correct body movement and use of muscles. This develops a very strong style of self defence, irrespective of physique.

After the initial study, a Karateka (a person who practices Karate) can then start to develop the mind. If faced with a dangerous situation, a Karateka will keep their mind calm - Mizu No Kororo - which means mind like water. This imagery indicates the calm mind, like the still water, accurately reflects all that comes before it.

The Karateka who gains this mental strength, will be both psychologically and physically prepared to deal with any situation in life. Anyone taking up the art will very quickly feel the benefits.

With the guidance of our Senior Instructors, the FSKI will continue to develop what is Shotokan Karate - a form of unlocking the potential of your mind and body.

Gichin Funakoshi

Founder of Shotokan Karate Do

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