Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do
We offer everyone a free first class in Shotokan with no obligation!
Shotokan (Show-toe-kahn) means: “House of the wavy pines.” Karate-Do (Kara-tay-doe) means: “Way of the empty hand.” Put them together and you have “House of the wavy pines, Way of the empty hand.”
The Karate we teach here at NEMAD is considered traditional Japanese Karate, even though Shotokan Karate-Do originated on the island of Okinawa. From Okinawa it was taken to Japan by it’s founder Gichin Funakoshi, in the early part of the 20th century (approx. 1920).
We teach powerful stances that are not overly low, straight powerful kicks and punches, proper breathing, use of hips, respect, good manners, balance, flexibility, cooperation, etc.
We offer both family classes (all ages) and adult-only Karate classes. Our workouts are 1 1/2 hours long and have five formal parts. Other drills and striking work are alternated in as needed. The workout is very aerobic as well as a mental excercise!
Family classes tend to be our largest classes, averaging approximately 20 people from ages 5 and up. These classes are an excellent choice for beginners.
Our adult classes are taught at a faster pace than our family classes.
You must be a teenager, or older, to attend the adult classes.
Many of our senior blackbelts teach at and attend these classes!
Most of our adult students will tell you of the great stress relief that our workouts provide.
Our classes are taught by over twenty black belts. We have an excellent safety record. You will be taught at your own pace and in a safe manner.
Please stop by to watch a regularly scheduled class. (See our Class Schedule.)
We offer all new students a free first class of Shotokan Karate, with no obligation.
We hope to see you soon!
Karate for Children
Our children’s Karate program is intended to develop a child’s confidence in themselves.
Children are taught that there is no first attack in Karate, all of our movements begin with a defensive movement.
Our classes strive to develop a strong work ethic in our students.
Cooperation, respect and good manners are stressed and expected while in the Dojo.
Our children students develop a strong sense of self-worth. They also develop their athletic potential, which will stay with them in future activities.
Children students are taught a walking stick weapon, the Jo, to help them with hand-eye coordination and development.
“The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the charecter of it’s participants.” ~ Gichin Funakoshi