Japanese Shotokan Karate
About the Instructor
Sensei Jerry Williamson is a 6th Degree Black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate. His martial arts career spans over 35 years with 21 years in law enforcement. His mission is to help his students develop a distinct desire to succeed and obtain their goals, and build character.
The 20 Principles of Karate
- Do not forget that karate-do begins and ends with Rei (respect).
- There is no first strike in karate.
- Karate stands on the side of justice.
- First know yourself, then know others.
- Mentality over technique.
- The mind must be set free.
- Calamity springs from carelessness.
- Karate goes beyond the dojo.
- Karate is a lifelong pursuit.
- Apply the way of karate to all things; therein lies its beauty.
- Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to its tepid state.
- Do not think of winning; think rather of not losing.
- Respond in accordance to your opponent.
- Wage the battle with natural strategy.
- Regard your hands and feet as sharp swords.
- Step out the door and you face 10,000 foes.
- Learn various stances as a beginner but then rely on a natural posture.
- The kata must always be practiced correctly: real combat is another matter.
- Never forget your own strengths and weakness, the limitations of your body, and the relative quality of your techniques.
- Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the Way.
What is Shotokan?
Shotokan Karate is a Japanese style of karate founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi.
This style emphasizes two ideas in it's training; balance and muscle control, and the belief that proper study eliminates ego and promotes hard honest work, humility and excellence. Shotokan Karate encompasses a series of kicks, punches, strikes, blocks, body dynamics and powerful fighting techniques. These techniques are equally divided between upper and lower body making this style a good choice for all situations.
There are many benefits of training in this style of martial arts. One of the first notable differences is the overall body conditioning. As you progress you gain knowledge of self defense along with self confidence, self discipline, improved concentration and coordination.