Harbour City Shotokan Karate

What Is Shotokan Karate?

Karate originated as a system of self-defence on the island of Okinawa. It was a form of hand to hand combat that was developed over many centuries by the Okinawans. They were forced to train in secrecy as a result of a ban on weapons imposed by the rulers. The martial art originally known as “te” (meaning hand) evolved into “karate” (meaning empty hand).

Shotokan Karate Tradition


We focus on the traditional karate values of character development, discipline, respect and dedication as set fourth by Gichin Funikoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Traditional karate training is not a sport but a means of developing character through hard and diligent training.

Shotokan Karate Art


Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. It is said that one who masters its techniques can defend himself readily without resort to weapons and can perform remarkable feats.

Shotokan Karate

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants.

- Master Funikoshi

Shotokan Karate Harbour City Nanaimo

Youth Karate
This program is for Ages 8 - 15 years.

Traditional Shotokan Karate is a dynamic martial art that develops the entire body. It is a system of self-defence that involves the techniques of blocking, punching, striking and kicking. Shotokan Karate is recognized as an activity that improves strength, balance, flexibility and overall fitness. It also develops self-confidence, focus and character along with self-defence skills. It is a safe activity where control and respect are stressed at all times. This class is suitable for individuals ages 8 - 15 years old. It places an emphasis on leadership skills, respect and a healthy lifestyle. Karate can be enjoyed as a competitive sport or as a great way to develop self-defence skills. Through dedicated training students can improve their self-image and develop a more positive attitude.

Shotokan Karate Kihon Basics


Fundamentals: The practice of basic techniques such as punching, kicking, striking, stances and movement.

Shotokan Karate Kihon Basics


Patterns: A stepwise sequence of techniques or movements directed against imaginary opponents or enemies.

Shotokan Karate Kihon Basics


Sparring: Allows the students to use practical applications of kata with real opponents.

Adult Karate
This program is designed for individuals 16 years and over.

Karate training is an excellent form of physical and mental exercise for improving and maintaining health for all ages. Individuals who have an interest in the martial arts will enjoy the challenge and benefits of studying Shotokan Karate. The specialized movements found in this activity can improve balance, strength, stamina and flexibility. This program is tailored to the ability of each individual.

My experience has found an increasing interest from individuals who want to be active and participate in physical activities but who also benefit from classes designed for their particular skills and needs. Karate is an excellent activity for young and mature students and success can be achieved at any age.

Shotokan Karate Harbour City Nanaimo