WHEN MASTER GICHIN FUNAKOSHI CREATED OUR SYSTEM OF MARTIAL ARTS, HE CHOSE THE TIGER AS THE ANIMAL SYMBOL TO REPRESENT SHOTOKAN. IT SIGNIFIES STRENGTH, POWER, AND TENACITY...
Shotokan Karate Academy focuses on the traditional teachings as taught by the Father of Modern Karate, Gichin Funakoshi and one of his notable students, Hidetaka Nishiyama. Funakoshi’s teachings later became known as Shotokan Karatedo.
Shotokan Karate originated in Okinawa, a small island south of Japan. It was popularized in Japan by Gichin Funakoshi in the 1950s. The name "Shotokan" comes from the name "Shoto," which was Funakoshi's pen name, meaning 'waving or billowing pine'.
Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art. It is based on the concept of the "Finishing Blow". The finishing blow is defined as a technique sufficient to render an attacking opponent. Together with other accompanying techniques, the finishing blow technique unites in itself in the use of total body power.
Karate is a very effective martial art. Its practice leads to:
Self-defense and verbal conflict resolution
Stamina, strength and flexibility
Body alignment, balance, coordination, posture and movement
Stress management/ Improvement of emotional well- being
Focus/concentration, confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline
"The Ultimate Goal of karate is the infinite expansion of human potential through self-defense art. In striving for this goal, practitioners will master self-defense as a means to polish mind and body.
Principles of karate can be applied to life as a whole. When one can handle themselves optimally under threatening conditions, regular life activities can be handled optimally."
This means that improvements in character and mental discipline are as important as physical skill, if not more so.
Our Academy is a great community, filled with amazing people to meet. We are a family oriented dojo (school) that provides quality instruction in a safe yet challenging environment. Our goal is to offer an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere. The only requirements are a positive attitude and an open mind. Karate can be enjoyed at any age or fitness level.
Invest in yourself, it is never too late to start...
MEET THE SENSEI
SENSEI ELIZABETH IPARRAGUIRRE
“Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to it's tepid state”
― Gichin Funakoshi, The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master
Hello, I started training in Martial arts in 1992 when I found a karate school, conveniently located down the street from where i grew up. I instantly fell in love with the overall art, the history and the physical and spiritual aspects of training. As a kid, i started training every day after school. Even did my homework at the dojo. It was my sanctuary. Little did i know, almost 30 years later it would continue to be the main focus of my life, always striving to better my skill and my character.
I currently hold the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) under Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn of Shotokan Karate Academy, Benicia and was granted the title of "Sensei". Which is the core of what I continue to train and teach today.
I also hold Godan rank (5th degree black belt) in a blended karate system which consists of Shito- Shu karate, Jidokwan and Kajukembo. With that, i was granted the title of "Renshi" which translates to "Polished Master" under Shihan Arnel Crescini of Ronin Dragon Karate.
I am proud to represent an international organization (ISKA- International San Ten Karate Association) which brings martial artists from around the world together to honor the legacies and life- long devotion and teachings of traditional karate by Master Vincent A. Cruz and Grandmaster Hidetaka Nishiyama.
I am looking forward to meeting everyone, to spread my knowledge and love of this art to you and also continue to develop my personal growth, both as an instructor and as a student. Osu, Sensei Elizabeth Iparraguirre
"It takes a lifetime to learn karate, there is no limit" -Hidetaka Nishiyama