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Shotokan Karate Academy

Traditional Karate

In "traditional karate" we focus on discipline, respect, formal style of training and learn about the philosophy behind the art. The self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-control a child develops today, will largely determine their level of happiness and success as an adult. Authentic Japanese karate can aid your child in developing those qualities, and more. It can contribute to a child’s better behavior, listening skills, ambition, and physical fitness. Equally important in today’s world, it also equips your child with self-defense skills that empower your child when threatened by a stranger, the school ground bully, peer pressure or such.


"Traditional Karate" has 3 main categories that should be considered and valued equally in any traditional karate classes. 

  • Kihon (基本)

    • "Kihon" is a Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." The term is used to refer to the basic techniques and is the foundation of Karate. In another word; Kihon can be considered as the alphabet of karate. The practice of Kihon is essential to all advanced training, and includes the practice of correct body form and breathing, while practicing basics such as stances (Dachi), punches (Tsuki), kicks (Geri), strikes (Uchi) and blocks (Uke).


  • Kata ( 形 )

    • "Kata" is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents. The kata consists of kicks, punches, sweeps, strikes and blocks. Body movement in various kata includes stepping, twisting, turning, dropping to the ground and jumping.


  • Kumite (組手)

    • In "Kata" we learn only the body movements and the use of techniques for attacks and blocks with imaginary opponent. In "Kumite" we learn to apply all the techniques found in "Kata" against one or many real opponents.

Our "traditional karate" classes are led by Sensei Ehsan Malaki. He is current official representative of the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF) in British Columbia and chief instructor of "Shotokan Karate Academy". He brings a deep knowledge, insight and passion for the traditional art of Shotokan karate.

Traditional Karate, Kihon, Kata- and Kumite
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