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Our goal with La Salle Shotokan Karate is to help students train their body to be strong, and their mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings they can be. We strive not only to teach karate techniques, but moreover, to do our best to help guide our students in the understanding of the art of Karate in the context of the world around them.

Karate is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. It is an art form and a way of life that trains the practitioner to be peaceful; but if conflict is unavoidable, true karate dictates taking decisive action.

Such an action requires clarity- of- mind, strength, speed, focus, and control. But these physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself. Karate is also a spiritual endeavor, a way to develop a person as an individual. Everything we learn in the dojo, or training hall, should and can be applied to everyday life.

In traditional karate, the body, mind and spirit—the whole person—must be developed simultaneously.

Through kumite (sparring)and kata (forms) we learn to control our movements. But more importantly, we learn to give up control too. We can perform the techniques without thinking about them, and remain focused without having to concentrate on any one thing. In essence, the body remembers how to move and the mind remembers how to be still. This harmonious unity of mind and body is intensely powerful. Even the greatest physical strength and skill are no match for the power of wholeness.

The result of traditional karate training is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through perfect unity of mind and body

Our club trains in La Salle University’s Union building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thrusdays, and  from 6:30pm to 8pm.

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