The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. Master Gichin Funakoshi the Father of Karate-Do
We study and train in traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate as part of the the the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF), a non-profit organization that seeks to promulgate traditional Japanese karate-do throughout the world.
At Granite Forest Dojo we train intensely. We work hard to get to the truth behind the practice of Karate: that it is a method for achieving personal excellence. Karate's benefits can emerge into every aspect of our lives. The capacity to defend yourself is a fringe benefit of what we do. It is a facet of our growth, as are increased focus, clarity, confidence, perseverance and health .
This truth can be considered , understood, and developed at almost any age and at any level of physical conditioning. We are, therefore, a family dojo with many families joining as a group, or joining in after one brave soul has found the waters inviting. Three times each week, all adults and children are offered opportunities to train together in our Family Classes .
This presents many challenges and provides many benefits . An increasing discount is given to each subsequent family member who joins. And those who join alone—young and beyond—find themselves in a congenial, respectful, challenging, nurturing atmosphere. Then there are our Shoto Kids and our Ninjas .
As challenging as Shotokan is for its participants, our younger children's curricula are exactly that, but in a developmentally appropriate way. In traditional Karate classes , students get in trouble for goofing around or laughing. Our Ninjas get in trouble if they're NOT laughing! We have such great fun together that they have no idea how far they've come until they hear their extended families applauding them during a spectacular performance at a Belt Ceremony. They add the most joy to our day, and the fact that they can't wait to come back means that they get some of what they give.
This place is special because everyone, myself included, loves to come, to be here striving together. Every day, after sweating and smiling, we leave in a better state than when we arrived by Bruce Costa — Chief Instructor