Welcome to Otonga Shotokan Karate
At Otonga Shotokan Karate Club, we promote traditional Shotokan Karate training for everyone. Karate, the martial art of empty hand, is a great physical and mental discipline for people of all ages and abilities. Our training focuses on basic techniques which include kihon, kata & kumite that are easy to learn, and with consistent practice, become easier to perform over time.
"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participant." Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Karate.
Otonga Shotokan Karate has formed a strong alliance with Counties Shotokan Karate, a traditional karate organisation founded by Sensei Ray Irving.
The dojo kun is a set of five guilding principles of karate-do that every karateka strives to achieve in training and everyday life. The five dojo kun in Japanese and English:
hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
Seek perfection of character.
hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto
hitotsu, doryōku no seishin o yashinru koto
Endeavour (fostering the spirit of effort).
hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto
hitotsu, kekki no yū o imashimuru koto
Refrain from violent behavior (guard against impetuous courage).