About Shotokan Karate

Karate Shotokan Karate originated in Okinawa, a small island south of Japan. It was popularized in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi in the 1950s. The name “Shotokan” comes from the name “Shoto,” which was Funakoshi’s pen name. Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art. This means that improvements in character and mental discipline are as important as physical skill, if not more so. Shotokan Karate is meant to be accessible to all, including, women, children, and those without great athletic ability. Midwest Karate Association offers a caring, safe environment where children can learn the art of karate. Shotokan Karate provides the following benefits:

Gichin Funakoshi:
Founder of Shotokan Karate

  • Powerful, efficient techniques for self-defense
  • Non-contact; no special equipement or padding needed.
    We use full speed and power without the harsh contact to the face
    and body that other styles encourage.
  • Excellent aerobic exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Better balance, coordination and flexiblity
  • Stress management
  • Increased concentration and mental alertness
  • Improved body language
  • Raises self-esteem and confidence

Midwest Karate Association St. Paul

762 E 7th Street
St Paul, MN 55106
(651) 771-7901

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