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What is Karate?

Karate is a martial art based on the principles of self-defense. It was developed by people who were denied the use of weapons, hence the name “karate” or “empty hand”. The student of the art can be taught to use the hands and feet in such a way that he or she can defend against one or more attackers.

Yet Karate is more than a means of self-defense. To the serious student, it is a mental as well as physical discipline, an art of great depth and value for personal growth. Consistent, diligent practice of the physical technique will also develop spiritual qualities such as self-respect and self-discipline, confidence and equanimity. Like other Oriental arts, Karate is a paradox; the overt physical boldness of Karate training leads eventually to harmony of body and mind. This, as much as self-defense, is the art of Karate.


Recent News

What's happening at ASKN?

Girl Scouts Self Defense Class

March 19, 2014

The Napa Parks & Rec and ASK of Napa will be hosting a Self Defense class for Girl Scouts on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  We are delighted to have this opportunity to help a few girls learn how “Discipline”, Self-confidence” and “Staying Alert (and safe)” can go a long way for self defense.  Pictures of the event will be posted on our Facebook page.


Bellevue visit

December 18, 2013

This picture was taken after the dan examinations on December 8, 2013.  Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi gave an excellent seminar on katas Jion, Bassai Dai, Nijushiho and Jiin before the test.  Thank you to Sensei Cathy Cline, director of the ISKF Northwest Region, for making it possible for us to test there.  We also want to thank the members of WWSKC for their hospitality.  Your warm welcome made us feel at home despite the freezing temperatures in your area during our visit. 


Hiro Okazaki Sensei

September 24, 2013

Sensei Hiro Okazaki, nephew of Master Teruyuki Okazaki, Chief Instructor of the ISKF, will be visiting the Bay Area on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Click here – Sensei Hiro Okazaki 9-28-13 - for a copy of the flyer for the event.  Click here for a short <<<Interview with Sensei Hiro Okazaki>>> by a website called The Shotokan Way.  We are not affiliated with or advocates of that website.  The material simply gives you, the reader, a brief background of his karate career.  Sensei Hiro Okazaki is a member of the ISKF Technical Committee.  For more information about this committee, please go to www.iskf.com