About Japan Karate Association (JKA) Auckland

The Japan Karate Association (JKA) Auckland is a long standing karate club training in the traditional Shotokan style of karate. Membership to the Japan Karate Association Auckland opens up many training opportunities, allowing access into any Japan Karate Association dojo worldwide. The Japan Karate Association is the generally recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition asdeveloped by SupremeMaster Funakoshi Gichin, and teaches a specially refinedform of Shotokan style karate.

What is the Shotokan style ofkarate?Shotokan karate is one of the most widely practiced forms of karate in the worldtoday, and one of the most traditional. Introduced to Japan from Okinawa by MasterFunakoshi Gichin, Shotokan puts heavy focus on kihon (basictechniques), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring) to developa range of powerful and dynamic techniques.The designation “Shotokan” derives from “Shoto,” whichwas the pen name Master Funakoshi used when writing poetry. The Japanese Karate Association has refinedthe Shotokan style even further, creating a related, but uniquestyle all itsown. The strength of this style proves itself time and again: the Japanese Karate Association hasbyfar the largest number of All Japan and international karate tournament champions. 

What is the JKA’s philosophyof karate?At the Japanese Karate Association, karate is not a sport or a game of points; it is a way of life basedon Bushido. In true karate, the body, mind and spirit—the whole person—mustbe developed simultaneously. Through intense practice, the physical and mentalaspects of karate can be brought together. The result is natural, effortlessaction, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible throughperfect unity of body and mind. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis ofBushido, and the cornerstone of the JKA’s karate philosophy.