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SHOTOKAN KARATE AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

The Imperial Dojo teaches Shotokan Karate, the KWF way. We emphasise on the martial art aspect of karate (一本技, Ippon Waza, or “one hit, one kill”) rather than on the competition oriented karate. We do, however, send a team of karatekas each year to the BUCS tournament and to the national KWF tournament.

KWF karate is a very ‘logical’ martial art, based on intuitive principles such as ‘contraction and expansion’, ‘kime’ 決め and use of the full body to maximize one’s striking ability. It is well suited to Imperial College students who want to learn how to make full use of their body to develop beautiful, sharp and powerful techniques.

But more than mere physical training, karate develops focus, ‘zanshin’ (残心 or awareness, literally remaining heart, spirit), discipline, and tenacity, making us better people in our everyday life as well. To quote the founder of Shotokan karate Gichin Funakoshi 船越 義珍:

Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.
一、凡ゆるものを空手化せよ其処に妙味あり
Hitotsu, arayuru mono o karateka seyo; sokoni myomi ari