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Shotokan Karate

The style of karate we train in and teach is called Shotokan. It is one of the more traditional styles of karate practised around the world today, and was the first style of karate to be established and taught in Japan.

Shotokan karate derives its origins from an unarmed martial art developed by the people of Okinawa. Okinawa, an island situated off the coast of Japan, was once a sovereign nation that is now a part of modern-day Japan.

Shotokan karate is a martial art that encompasses all areas of life, allowing students to find what they seek from their training, and hopefully a little bit more along the way. Besides the obvious advantage of improved health, Shotokan karate promotes discipline and self-control, self-confidence and an overall sense of well-being.

For more on the history and development of Shotokan karate, click on the 'Shotokan' tab near the top of the page.



Shotokan kanji

The Kanji (Japanese) characters for Sho-To-Kan meaning 'Pine-Waves-Hall'

The Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) and >>>Shotokan Karate International, Australia (SKIA)

SKIF: The Shotokan Karate-do International Federation is one of the largest organisations teaching traditional karate all over the world, and is presently the biggest Shotokan organisation worldwide. The federation is headed by its founder and president, Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan)

THe SKIF is a dynamic and continually growing organisation, which promotes the practice of traditional Shotokan karate, yet is always involved in helping karate-do evolve further as a martial discipline, sport and way of life.

With member dojos (schools) all over the world receiving regular visits from Kanazawa Sensei himself, as well as other high-ranking instructors from all over the world, members are assured the highest standard of training. The level of uniformity in training resulting from such visiting instructors also allow members the opportunity to continue their training with ease at an ever-increasing number of SKIF dojos worldwide. Regular tournaments organised at regional, national and international levels also allow keen competitors to pursue the sporting aspect of present-day karate.

For more about Kanazawa Kancho - the remarkable individual who leads this organisation- and more information about the SKIF - click on the 'SKIF, SKIA & Kancho' tab near the top of the page.

Shotokan tiger

SKIA: Shotokan Karate International Australia is the Australian branch of the SKIF. SKIA is a not-for-profit Shotokan karate organisation. With clubs all over Australia, is the biggest Shotokan karate organisation in the country, and quite possibly the largest traditional karate organisation in Australia as well!

For more information about the SKIA, its beginnings and present status, click on the'SKIF, SKIA & Kancho' tab near the top of the page.


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Shotokan Karate International Federation - SKIF


Shotokan Karae International Australia


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SKIA North Queensland

We are members of Shotokan Karate International Australia, and are proud to bring SKIA to the sunny north. Currently based in townsville, we are dedicated to promoting the benefits of training in traditional Shotokan karate in North Queensland. We welcome new members of all ages and ability.

At SKIA North Queensland, we educate our members in the use of skills obtained through systematic training in the martial art of Shotokan karate, aiming to improve overall control and self-confidence and foster mental, physical and psychological development.

For training times and more detailed information about the instructor, click on the 'North QLD Dojo' tab near the top of this page. Contact details for the club are also available on every page below the main navigation menu on the left.


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