What is Karate?

Shotokan Karate

The style of karate practiced is Traditional Shotokan, one of the most widely practiced styles of karate in the world.

Training in a Traditional form has many benefits. The shy and withdrawn learn confidence, the aggressive learn control. Discipline, confidence, fitness, stamina, co-ordination, flexibility and humility are all areas in which you will see improvement with training in Karate

Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art emphasising balance and muscle control, it advocates advancement based on effective techniques. We believe it is important to develop each technique to its maximum level.

We adhere to the same high standards originally set by the founder of Shotokan Karate, Gichin Funakoshi. Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and Self Control are our guiding principles.

Although Shotokan Karate techniques are based on century old knowledge, it is our application that sets us apart. English Shotokan Academy (ESA) instructors realise that each individual possesses different natural abilities, and that size and strength vary from person to person. Once you have acquired a strong foundation in the basics, our program is tailored to match your physical capabilities, in order to maximise your self-defence skills. Should the need ever arise; you will possess a firm understanding of the mental and physical qualities required to defend yourself.