Humboldt State Shotokan Karate

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History of Shotokan

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The Shotokan Karate Class at Humboldt State University is a free class and open to anyone over 18 years of age. It is taught by Dr. Tyler Mitchell, a second degree blackbet in the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) under Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi. He is currently a participant in the ISKF instructor training program. Upon completion, it is his goal to one day have a fully-fledged, ISKF-sanctioned Shotokan Karate club at Humboldt State.

Shotokan Karate is considered traditional Japanese karate. This style of karate has its roots in Okinawa, but was brought to Japan by Gichin Funakoshi after a demonstration in front of the Japanese Emperor. Funakoshi Sensei was a school teacher and poet, whose pen name was Shoto. His style of karate was named after the training hall where he practiced, the house of shoto, the Shoto-Kan. It is a hard, linear style of karate with a focus on self-defense and development of character. Despite a focus on rigorous training, its ultimate aim is the perfection of character through the perfection of technique.

Please feel free to join us if you're interested in learning, or continuing your training. The training schedule varies from term to term, but generally consisits of two-two three training sessions a week. During the Spring 2017 semester we will be training in RWC 126, from 2:00-4:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is a great way to relieve stress and meet new people. Classes are appropriate for all physical and skill levels. Beginners are welcome at the beginning of each month. For more information, or to be put on our email list, please contact

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Last Updated: January 9, 2017