JKA Karate - The Strongest Karate

JKAkarate has remained essentially unchanged throughout its history. Eachstudent learns each technique and tradition in its original and mostpowerful form. As a result, the JKA produces some of the strongest andmost skillful karate-ka in the world. There are a number of practical factors that make JKA karate differentfrom other karate traditions. Here are some of the main ones:

JKA Karate Has Strong Roots.JKA karate is a unique refinement of the Shotokan style,one of the oldest and most traditional types of Okinawan karate. Since it descendsdirectly from such "original" sources, it has developed from strongroots under-pinned by a long history and a great tradition.

JKA Karate Is Scientific and Is Constantly Being Improved.Every technique and movement in JKA karate isbased on solid, scientific, physical movement theory. That's why we putsuch heavy focus—far more than any other organization—on kihon, the basic foundational techniques, and their proper form, angle and balance. The result speaks for itself: JKA karate is powerful, solid, stable, and smooth flowing; this has proven itself time and again in tournaments. Despite the excellence of JKA karate, however, it is constantly being improved.

JKA Auckland Instructors Are Professionals. JKA Aucklands instructor is a professionals, trained for anextensive period specifically to be instructors.  Our dedication toteaching the way helps ensure that the true essence of karate is passedon to each student. And this devotion shows in each student's technique.

JKA Maintains a Specialist Instructor Training Program. Unlikeany other karate group, the JKA in Japan, offers a specialist instructor training programfor students who show exceptional capability and prowess in karate. Studentstake a rigorous entrance exam and tests, followed by two years of intense studyand practice at the Tokyo JKA HQ Dojo. They are required to write and submitmonthly research papers on specific themes given by their instructors, therebyshowing their ingenuity, willingness and devotion to karate. Those that successfullygraduate from this program, and can meet the stiff requirements, are acceptedas professional instructors. This very strict approach ensures that the scientificfoundations and traditions of JKA karate are maintained.JKA Karate Fighter

JKA Karate Has No Weight Classifications or Half-Point System. Karate is not a sport one plays for points. In JKA kumite,there are no weight classifications and no arbitrary point system.Other karate groups often award multiple points (e.g., 3 points for akick to the head, 2 points for a kick to the middle body, 1 point forany kind of punch), which can be tallied up to a win at theirtournaments. But JKA tournaments are much stricter. At the JKA there isonly ippon ("one full point," which means you have downed your opponent and won), or waza-ari ("effective technique," which counts for roughly 80% of an ippon).The basis of JKA karate is the ability to take down your opponent,regardless of size or weight, with one blow. There is no room forincremental points in such a tradition. The difference is obvious: weteach our students how to gain mastery of themselves and overwhelm theopponent.

JKA Chief Instructors in Japan Are Elected. TheJKA carefully selects its Chief Instructors from the Shihankai, basedon the individual's experience, strength and integrity. This is an advantage,since many karate organizations with a strong founding leader pass on their leadershipposition to an inheritor once the master is gone. The inheritor may be a weakleader, and so the organization begins to lose its way, and eventually may evendisappear. There is no such danger at the JKA; because the Chief Instructorsare always elected by the group, they are always strong leaders. The JKA is farbetter organized than most other karate groups, and with its strong democratictradition it has a staying power that few others can match: the JKA is forever.

JKA Is Devoted to the Practice of Karate. Unlikemany other Karate organizations, the JKA was not created as anorganization whose major purpose is holding matches and tournaments.Though it does sponsor tournaments, its major focus is the practice ofKarate. Its purpose is the teaching of karate as a way of life.