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As Master Gichin Funakoshi said, "It is important that Karate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike. That is; since there is no need for a special training place, equipment, a flexibility in training is provided such that the physically weak individual can develop his body and mind so gradually and naturally that he himself may not even realize his own great progress."

"In most cases, only a minute or two is required to complete a kata. Moreover, as one continues to practice, the movements become quicker and the training as a whole more vigorous, so that one can get ample exercise from a relatively short period of time. This is an ideal form of exercise for many people today who complain that they would like to exercise, but they just do not have the time."

Beginners are always welcome in our dojo. Regardless of your age, gender, or current physical condition, you can begin karate practice and enjoy it.

There are many benefits and reasons to start karate training, including of course to learn how to defend oneself. But the most valuable one that people realize is this: through martial arts practice, we learn to face ourselves strictly and show our best spirit in all situations. SKA's Shihan (chief instructor), Tsutomu Ohshima, noted that "originally this was the most important thing about martial arts — to reach a higher level, to become a strong human being. Strong doesn't mean big arms. It means who can be a more strict human being with himself. That is the ideal of martial arts."

This is our training in SKA. To see if there is a dojo near you, check the directory of dojos.