Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art that is founded on the basic techniques of punching, striking, kicking and blocking, yet there is a deeper aspect to serious Karate training which deals with character development.
Benefits of Karate
- Self defense
- Improved coordination & balance
- Cardio-respiratory fitness
Class Description and History:
At Adrenaline, we offer you an option for a traditional striking martial arts style that will provide self-defense, spirituality, tradition, self-confidence, and overall health. As one of these styles, we offer the very popular: Shotokan Karate-Do. Shotokan is a style of karate, whose history is that it was: "developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945).
Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi
Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing "karate do" through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei.
Funakoshi had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos, who continued to teach karate after his death in 1957. However, internal disagreements (in particular the notion that competition is contrary to the essence of karate) led to the creation of different organizations—including an initial split between the Japan Karate Association (headed by Masatoshi Nakayama) and the Shotokai (headed by Motonobu Hironishi and Shigeru Egami), followed by many others—so that today there is no single "Shotokan school", although they all bear Funakoshi's influence. Being the biggest school, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.
Rank is used in karate to indicate experience, expertise, and to a lesser degree, seniority. As with many martial arts, Shotokan uses a system of colored belts to indicate rank. Most Shotokan schools use the kyu / dan system but have added other belt colors. The order of colors varies widely from school to school, but kyu belts are denoted with colors that in some schools become darker as a student approaches shodan. Dan level belts are invariably black, with some schools using stripes to denote various ranks of black belt. Master Gichin Funakoshi himself never awarded a rank higher than Godan (5th degree black belt/5th Dan)."
Kumite and kata are the main aspects of Shotokan. Kumite is the actual fighting or sparring and kata are the set movements and patterns.
The uniform in Shotokan Karate-Do is commonly called a gi. Gis can be purchased at our gym. Higher ranking belts, upon promotion, will be provided by the gym on promotion days after all terms for promotion are met. Questions about gi size and type can be answered at the gym by the instructor. A gi is the only piece of equipment you will need for this class when you decide to become a member. When coming in to try a free class, wear something comfortable that is appropriate for training like sports-type shorts or pants and a T-shirt. A gi will not be mandatory to try a class.
Adrenaline offers top quality instruction in Shotokan Karate-Do by coach Arturo who is an Officially Registered Black Belt under a world-recognized federation. Coach Arturo provides excellent training in a fun, friendly, and family-oriented environment as well as offering an advanced class for those interested in competition. Shotokan classes are currently offered for all age groups on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. The advanced class is offered on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Anyone can come in and try one of these classes for free. Simply call the gym, leave us a message, send us an email, contact us on Facebook, or come to the facility. Our friendly staff will be happy to guide you through the facility and answer any questions you may have including pricing.
At Adrenaline, we pride ourselves in being the premier training center in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire. Our clean and spacious facility provides our students with a healthy and beneficial environment to learn martial arts or simply get in better shape. The benefits of martial arts extend beyond learning something new. Along with the membership for a class like Shotokan Karate-Do, members have full use of the facility during normal operating hours. We have a weight room including free weights, cables, and nautilus equipment. In addition, we have a cardio room with bikes, elipticals, and treadmills. We are in very close proximity to the Santa Ana River Trail which provides uninterupted routes for walking, joggin, and biking. We also have an MMA style cage, 4400 square feet of mat space, and a boxing ring. Our facility offers showers for those who need to go to work or meet friends after class. We find that individuals interested in martial arts may want to try other forms of martial arts at some point, so we allow our members a one-time trial for any and all of our other classes free.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Adrenaline Combat Sports & Fitness and take a step in your life to learn a new skill and/or become more healthy.
*Historic information is taken from wikipedia and is intended to be presented as true. Adrenaline does not hold itself liable nor take credit for the historic origins quoted in this description and is intended to aid in the decision-making process of future members.