Orlando Shotokan Karate Club

JKA / AF affiliate

Greetings from the Orlando Shotokan Club. We are a diverse group of advanced students and instructors dedicated to practising and advancing the traditional art of Shotokan Karate-Do. Our senior members include JKA ranks of 5th Dan (Dan refers to the black belt level), several 4th Dans, and each Dan level through Shodan. Our membership currently includes several brown belts and we have recently begun accepting beginner students. If you would like more information, please send us an email using the contact form at the end of this page.

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JKA Techniques: The Inseparable Trinity Lead to Kime

The foundation of karate is the kihon (basic techniques), the kata (forms), and the kumite (sparring). Upon these three rest all technique, all speed, all strength and all progress in karate. They are, in essence, one. And they must be studied as one: without the kihon basic techniques, there can be neither kata nor kumite. Likewise, kata separated from kumite is simply rote movement unseasoned with the knowledge that comes from application. Finally, kumite without kata loses the characteristic agility and effortless smoothness inherent in karate. Kihon is kata is kumite.

JKA Kyu and Dan Rank Certification System

There are 10 Kyu and 10 Dan in JKA karate. To obtain certification for each rank, you must fulfill the certification requirements and complete the testing procedure. Testing or grading is carried out by a panel of instructors authorized as JKA technical examiners.

The Five Dojo Kun

Senior instructors at the JKA developed the Five Dojo Kun, which everyone studying at the JKA commits to memory. With each practice session at the dojo, students kneel in the seiza position and repeat these five precepts out loud. This process reminds students of the right attitude, frame of mind and virtues to strive for both within the dojo, and outside.

Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
Seek perfection of character

Makoto no michi o mamoru koto
Be sincere

Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto
Put maximum effort into everything you do

Reigi o omonzuru koto
Respect others

Kekki no yuu o imashimuru koto
Develop self-control

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