About the Club
The Shotokan Karate Club at the University of Washington has been in existence for 30 years. We use University facilities for our practice. In exchange we teach the Shotokan Karate Sports and Fitness class, providing interested students with the opportunity to train and learn. The majority of our club members are students who have completed the Sports and Fitness class and subsequently joined the club.
We strive to strengthen body, mind and spirit, perfect character, and faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Benefits of Karate Practice
Karate can be practiced by everyone at any age for self-defense, to strengthen the entire body, improve balance, efficiency of movement, breathing and overall health. No special equipment is needed.
Karate helps to strengthen the mind, develop courage, fortitude, and the ability to achieve goals.
Karate practice emphasizes spiritual values of courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honor, and self-control.
The study of karate benefits the student in all areas of their life.
Joining the Shotokan Karate Club is easy: Simply enroll in the Shotokan Sports and Fitness class at the beginning of any quarter. After the class ends all you need to do is continue to join us for practice twice a week and pay quarterly dues ($20) to the treasurer.
Also, if you decide to stay, you must join Shotokan Karate of America ($75 for the remainder of the year). As a member of SKA you will be able to attend any SKA regional, national, and international event open to your rank, and you’ll be able to test for rank twice per year at no charge. Black belt testing is also free, but by invitation only.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.”
– Master Gichin Funakoshi