Contradicting popular belief, karate is not aggressive. It rather focuses on personal development by offering physical and mental challenges, resulting in mental and physical fitness, stress resistance, improved creativity and problem solving skills and self-confidence.
Karate in Japanese literally means empty hand. It is an old and continuous development of martial arts traveling from India and China, via Okinawa to Japan, where it has been enriched by many Japanese fighting systems. From Japan karate has been spread over the entire world.
At IkeNamiKan, we practice Shotokan Karate. This is the most common karate style. Shoto is the poet’s alias of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) and means ‘wind in the pine trees’, referring to a combination of persistence and flexibility. Kan means ‘school’. Gichin Funakoshi has been key in the transfer of karate from Okinawa to Japan, but he has certainly not been the only one involved. Contemporary karate is a world of difference of the karate that Funakoshi practiced, which is a good thing as we strive for continuous improvement. Techniques include punching, kicking, blocking and much more.