Chapel Hill Shotokan Dojo, Shotokan Karate of America (SKA)
What is Karate?
Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self defense. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage.
Karate practice is divided into:
- Kihon (stances, blocks, strikes and kicks)
- Kata (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
- Kumite (sparring)
In each category, the beginner is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous.
As the student progresses technically, s/he progresses physically and mentally as well, with advanced practices demanding greater stamina and focus. At this stage, the student becomes involved with more intricate and difficult katas and more dynamic forms of kumite.
As the student approaches black belt level, technique becomes natural as a result of strong practice. It is at this stage that the serious student discovers that her/his study of karate has only just begun. The object of true karate practice is the perfection of oneself through the perfection of the art.
Students are strongly recommended to attend at least one Special Training per year; as they progress and as time permits, they are encouraged to attend more Special Trainings.
The Chapel Hill Dojo has a new location--in Durham!
Practice Location & Schedule
Karate practices are held in the Lower School Gymnasium of the Duke School located at 3716 Old Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705, located on the stretch of Erwin Road between 751 and Cornwallis Road. Please call (Nora or Oleg, 919-960-6871) before you come for directions on parking and entry (some doors are alarmed).
The practice schedule is as follows:
- Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Saturday, 8 AM - 9:30 AM
Please read the rules before attending practice.
There are also practices at Duke. See Duke Web Page for more information.
Additionally, our dojo charges a quarterly dues of $75 to cover rent and other expenses.
- Dojo leader, Rob Clark, 919-303-4045
- Dojo manager, Nora Favorov, 919-960-6871 (H), 919-923-2772 (C)
- Instructor Emeritus, LH Lazarus
- Karate uniforms or Gis can be purchased on-line. If you do not own a gi you can practice at first in any loose-fitting clothing.
More Info from the SKA Home Page
Contacting SKA Headquarters
- Phone: 1-213-437-0988 (9 am to 5 pm PST)
- Fax: 1-213-437-0889
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Regular mail:
Shotokan Karate of America
222 S. Hewitt St., Rm 7
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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