Karate Spirit
1060 Merrow Road, Coventry, CT 06238 USA
Information about Karate


Master Funakoshi

THE DOJO KUN
(school code)

SEEK PERFECTION OF CHARACTER
BE FAITHFUL
ENDEAVOR
RESPECT OTHERS
REFRAIN FROM VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

The Japan Karate Association (JKA) was formed in 1949 with Master Funakoshi as chief instructor (1868 – 1957). Master Funakoshi formalized the karate practice of the Okinawan countryside into an educational system, and insisted that mindfulness and character development be the foundation of the art. The JKA is the sole karate organization recognized by the Japan Ministry of Education. JKA karate has spread globally in the last half century. The JKA is also the oldest and largest karate organization in the world.


As a physical art, karate is a highly dynamic and complete exercise. Karate practice conditions the cardiovascular system and develops agility, stamina, coordination, speed and self-confidence. This martial art will teach students self-defense techniques and self-discipline while they build physical fitness. Students will be introduced to some Japanese traditions, culture and language.

JKA students around the world strive to develop character and self-control along with the technical expertise associated with the JKA. This style of karate combines three fundamentals: basic techniques (kihon), form (kata), and sparring (kumite). Good control and focus is emphasized in this karate style. In the United States, the JKA has a main school in each region, which trains instructors and ensures the maintenance of high standards in all JKA schools. Shotokan Karate Do International, headed by Master Masataka Mori in NYC is the officially recognized Japan Karate Association representative organization for our region.