Shotokan karate is much more than just a way to defend and fight. It's a holistic system in which the training itself has far-reaching effects on the trainee. It's an ideal way to become and stay fit, as it combines intense aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It's a way to gain self-discipline and the confidence to surmount everyday obstacles, whether tangible or not. Karate training encourages and helps in the exploration and understanding of both the physical and mental self.
The USF club is a member dojo of the JKA (the Japan Karate Association). The JKA was founded in 1955 with Gichin Funakoshi as its chief instructor; Sensei Funakoshi is considered the father of modern karate, after having brought the art from Okinawa to Japan. JKA shotokan karate is distinguished from other martial arts by the linearity and strength of its punches, blocks, and kicks. Precise techniques, accompanied by mastery and focus of energy flows and a deep knowledge of the body's vital points, make this karate style a comprehensive system for self-defense and combat.
At the USF dojo, the regular instructor is Mervin Dixon, Godan (5th degree black belt). Mr. Dixon is a certified JKA instructor, examiner, and judge. Mr. Dixon has studied under Sensei Kenichi Haramoto since 1984, and teaches karate in the way of Sensei Haramoto.
Sensei Haramoto is the founder of the JKA of California. Sensei Haramoto is a 6th Dan (sixth degree black belt) and a certified JKA instructor. He began his training when he was a college student at the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. As a college student, he participated in the All Japan Collegiate Karate Championship Tournament and was the captain of the men's kumite team when it took first place in men's team kumite. Sensei Haramoto came to the United States in the 1970's, establishing the JKA of Northern California (later JKA of California), headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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