Authentic, Traditional Karate
for the Mind, Body & Spirit
Karate’s pre-history can be traced back to Daruma (aka Bodhidharma), founder of Zen Buddhism in Western India. Daruma is said to have introduced Buddhism into China somewhere around the year 500 CE…
What is Karate
Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self defense. The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand. Thus karate means empty hand.
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..
Karate practice is divided into three areas: Kihon comprises basic blocks, punches, kicks and stances. Kata are prearranged forms and movements simulating combat situations. Kumite is sparring with an opponent.
Here is the most current map and information about CSK dojos in Canada plus international organizations affiliated with founder Tsutomu Ohshima. Contact the one nearest you and get started today!
Tsutomu Ohshima is the founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). He was Shihan (Chief Instructor) of SKA, Canada Shotokan Karate (CSK), and many other international Shotokan organizations until August 2018…
Canada Shotokan Karate conducts Canada East and Canada West special practices known as “Special Trainings” twice a year, usually in the winter and summer.
Japanese karate terminology is frequently used during practices. Our glossary provides definitions plus audio recordings for pronunciation.