Shotokan is recognizable by its linear, direct punching, blocking, and kicking. Shotokan emphasizes correct posture, correct joint alignment, and formality of basic technique above all else. Basic techniques are defined to the last detail, and performing them properly is given the highest priority. This is called kime (focus). At the New England Shotokan Karate-Do we teach traditional Japanese Karate methods.
Fulfilling the Dojo kun. This is all too often forgotten in the modern American martial arts teaching but Karate-Do is a way of life and a building of a stronger and better person, not a violent person who does not care about their fellow human beings."The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of character of it's participants"
We do not teach violence, but instead to respect and care for your fellow man. Karate is a life long path to self discovery and teaches control of emotions, discipline, focus, commitment, hard work, patience and inner peace. Karate is much more than simply a martial art (learning how to fight) but as the Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi taught, karate is a way of life. This is where the Do comes from in Karate-Do. It is to help build not only a physically stronger person but to build a stronger spirit that is at peace with its surroundings. The Grand Master practiced Shotokan karate into his late 80's on a daily basis. So it is well suited to youngster, women, men, and seniors. Karate is moving meditation as well as training your body in a martial art.
The Grand Master, Gichin Funakoshi always taught his students that a true Karate-Ka trained to not fight! A true Karate-ka is a peaceful and a respectful person, but if need be can defend themselves in a extremely effective manner. At New England Shotokan Karate we practice the traditional discipline and respect of higher ranks and of each other.
"True Karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humanity, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."