How to Begin

Why should somebody want to start karate training? There are many reasons, including staying physically and mentally fit, learning how to defend oneself, and pursuing the deeper meaning of Karate-Do.

Beginners are always welcome in Canada Shotokan Karate (CSK). Regardless of your age, sex, or current physical condition, you can begin karate practice and enjoy it. Through serious martial arts practice, we can learn to face ourselves strictly and show our best spirit in all situations.

“Originally this was the most important thing about martial arts–to reach a higher level, to become a strong human being. Strong doesn’t mean big muscles. It means who can be a more strict human being with himself. That is the ideal of martial arts.” – Tsutomu Ohshima.

Locate the CSK dojo (school) nearest you to observe a practice. Each dojo determines its own affordable practice fee, depending on location and expenses. In CSK there are no contracts to commit to, so beginners are able to explore karate training without pressure.

Please check the Directory of Dojos to contact a CSK instructor near you. For any additional information or assistance about membership in CSK, please fill out our Contact Us form.

Canada Shotokan Karate is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). SKA has international affiliate organizations in many countries around the world. Please check the Directory of Dojos for a list of International contacts.