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     Karate is an ultimate art form of unarmed combat.  Karate is a disciplined, weaponless martial art, using one's body to defend against opponents.  Shotokan teaches the use of techniques with little to no contact with partners.  This is done using extreme focus and control of oneself.  ​​

     Karate can be characterized by devastating kicks, punches, and strikes that are meant to disarm and disable an attacker or multiple attackers.  It uses kicks, blocks, and strikes with hands, elbows, knees, and feet.  Most strikes and kicks are aimed at the soft tissues and other vulnerable areas of the body.  These areas typically include the throat, eyes, nose, solar plexus, groin, knees, stomach, kidneys, neck, elboys, and shoulders.  

     It provides the karate practitioner supreme control of their body and discipline of their mind.  Karate uses both sides of the body and is non-linear.  It also works the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  Karate is an excellent form of brain based activity.  A karate practitioner is referred to as a "karate-ka".  The karate-ka uses their hips, hands, elbows, knees, and feet to deliver techniques while changing direction and moving, while simultaneously executing kicks, strikes, and blocks.  One must practice for hours, days, weeks, months, years - an entire life time to master the art of karate.  Through training, one will achieve good health, suppleness, agility, speed, and strength of the mind and body.  



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