20:15 - 21:30
£10 members / £12 non-members, Drop-In
“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.” - Funakoshi Gichin (1868~1957)
Shotokan Karate is a traditional form of Karate founded by poet and scholar Funakoshi Gichin (1868~1957) and later developed by Nakayama Masatoshi (1913~1987) who headed the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and whose initiatives spread Karate all over the World.
At Dojo Van Rel, the main goal is to promote the five philosophical precepts upon which Ginchin Funakoshi founded the Martial Art that is today known as Karate:
- to seek perfection of character
- to be faithful
- to endeavour
- to respect others
- to refrain from violent behaviour
As a result, for us Karate is not merely a sport; it is a martial art whose aim is the harmonising of mind and body for balance, strength, perseverance, patience - for total confidence and self-mastery. We put immense focus on the proper form and balance of each kihon, or basic technique which in turn affect the practise of kata, or floor routine and also the practise of kumite, or sparring. In this way Kihon, Kata and Kumite form the inseparable trinity that is Karate. Through constant repetition of such techniques, your mind and body learn to move effortlessly and naturally.