The Tucson Karate Club trains in one of the five major Karate styles. Introduced to Japan by Master Gichin Funakoshi in 1922, Shotokan soon became quite popular, leading Master Funakoshi to establish his first school, or Dojo, in Tokyo that same year. Our club is a member of the International Shotokan Federation, (ISKF), under the direction of Sensei Teruyuki Okazaki, who was a direct student of both Master Funakoshi and also Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama.
Our sessions are comprised of Kihon, Kumite, and Kata practice. That is, we first train basic standing and moving techniques, progress to fighting simulations and end with the models of defense and counter attacks that distinguish our style.
As a member of the ISKF’s Western Region, under the direction of Sensei Chuck Coburn, Tucson ISKF Shotokan regularly participates in regional and national tournaments, however , our first intention is to provide the individual with a training plan that fits his or her needs. Thus, our interpretation of the martial art of Shotokan Karate is to develop a lifelong, healthy practice.
A lifelong practice of karate not only assists in the development of speed, strength and power, but can also be a factor towards improving and or maintaining agility, balance, coordination and cognition. In the words of Master Funakoshi: “Karate-do is not merely a sport that teaches how to strike and kick; it is also a defense against illness and disease”.
Further questions about Shotokan may be directed to our Chief Karate Instructor, Mr. Enrique Olivares