Karate / Self-Defense

This graded course is a comprehensive introduction to Traditional Japanese Karate (style is Shotokan).

Karate is a lifelong activity that improves all aspects of physical fitness, promotes cognitive development and emotional stability. Karate also enhances self-image and self-control while teaching the value of discipline and personal defense strategies.

Course Objectives

  • General
    Students will become familiar with class structure, terminology, some history and traditions, proper warm-up and stretching procedures.
  • Body Mechanics
    Students will learn how to recognize and create a solid stance, generate effective power, maintain proper body connection and execute specific techniques including punches, strikes, blocks, and kicks.
  • Timing Concepts
    Students will learn when to execute a technique to achieve the most effective result.
  • Emotional Stability
    Students will learn how to maintain a rational, reasoning state of mind despite fatigue, fear or anger.

Class Structure

Students are expected on time. Classes are well organized and serious. A typical class may include: formal greeting, physical warm-up, review of previous material, demonstration and instruction of new material, practice, more practice, stretching and cool-down, formal closing. Sincere effort is expected from students at all times.

Students are encouraged to review the Activity Course Policies and Regulations

Upon course completion, students are eligible to test for belt rank through the American Amateur Karate Federation. This optional test is available for a fee, and is done independently of the class structure.

Activity Course Policies and Regulations


  • www.nwkarate.com
  • Karate - The Art of Empty Hand Fighting. Hidetaka Nishiyama & Brown, Tuttle.
  • Dynamic Karate. Masatoshi Nakayama, Kodansha.
  • Karate-Do Kyohan. Gichin Funakoshi, Kodansha.