Friday, May 27, 2016

Karate Classes for Kids in Chandler June 2017

Karate Classes for Kids in Chandler June 2017

We are starting a new session at the Boys and Girls Club in Chandler. The ISKF Chandler is ready to start a new session for kids and teens. The cost is $15.00 for members. This summer will be an 8 week session. We will focus on new students. There will be advanced students in the class, but they can all train together.

What can you expect from Karate

The main objective in Karate, in regards to kids is to develop discipline and self defense. The most important thing is to teach the kids that they should refrain from using Karate on the street. In class our goal is for the students to have fun while training hard. A bit of a knife edge, challenging for the instructors as well as the students.

We are affiliated with the following organization:

Karate Az              (Western Region ISKF Headquaters)

If you live in the Mesa area check out the Western Region Headquaters.
If you are in Chandler or the southeast valley come by the Boys and Girls Club Compadre Branch

Best Regards

Dave Bracklow

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shotokan Karate in Chandler

Shotokan Karate in Chandler

Many people have trained in Karate or some other from of a Martial Art. Very few people have trained for most of their life. It is dificult to continue to train. I believe it is a great way to stay in shape and keep yourself mentally and physically prepared.

Karate for Kids in Chandler Arizona

I currently teach at the BOYS and GIRLS club in Chandler. I train with my instructor Sensei Chuck Coburn in Mesa. ISKF WESTERN  My club is called ISKF Chandler.
We teach traditional Shotokan Karate. The main focus of our training is good attitude and respect. We attend tournaments as a by-product of training. We don't train to attend a tournament.

Kicking Punching and Blocking are good for the mind and body

I believe that everybody needs to exercise to live a healthy, lengthy life. Training in Karate is a great way to achieve that goal. You need to stay active and have goals all thru life. You need to find a physical activity that you are passionate about and do it as often as you can. Come watch one of our classes and see if it is something you might like to try.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Heian Shodan (Shotokan Kata)

Practicing Kata is one of three main training methods.

You need to practice Kata every day. The first kata you learn for official rank is Heian Shodan.
The first kata you practice is Taikyoku Kata (also referred to as Kihon Kata) .It is very similar to Heian Shodan only no Hammer Fist (Tetsui), no rising blocks (Jodan Age Uke) and no back stance(Kokutsu Dachi no Knife Hand Block (Shuto Uke)

Are you interested in Traditional Shotokan Karate?

If you are interested in Traditional Shotokan Karate, please CONTACT US today, or you can come to the BOYS and GIRLS Club in Chandler. If you are interested in Karate in Chandler this might be the place for you. Come by and watch us practice Heian Shodan.

What are the roots of the ISKF Chandler?

Our training stems from the JKA/ISKF. We enjoy training with some of the best instructors in the world. Sensei James Field of the ISKF Santa Monica. Sensei David Jones from ISKF Calgary
Shotokan originally came from Okinawa to Japan in 1922 by Master Gichin Funakoshi.

If yo would like more information about Karate in Chandler, CONTACT US today.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Returning to Embusen in Kata

Returning to Embusen in Kata is important.

Master Nakayama

What are the important parts of Shotokan Kata?

When we perform Kata, is it important that we finish in the exact spot where we started?  I believe the answer is “Yes". Nakayama sensei said so in Best Karate # 01 Comprehensive Page 94 He listed important points for Kata in that famous book:

#01) Correct Number of Movements and the "must" be performed in the Correct Order.
#02) You must start and finish at the same spot and follow the correct line(Embusen).
#03) Learn Kata and Optional Kata
#04)Correct use of Power
       Correct Speed (fast of slow)
       Expansion and Contraction
#05 All Kata Begin and Finish with a Bow.

For item 2 above, he clearly stated that “Kata must begin and end at the same spot on the embusen.  This requires practice.”

Why is it so important to finish in the correct spot?

Asking this question is like asking why punch Jodan or Chudan, why not pick your own target. Kata is precise. There is no variance. Techniques, targets, rhythm, speed power....All of these are a requirements need to be included in each Kata.

Karate in Chandler Arizona

If you are looking for a great traditional Karate Program, please contact me directly or check out the BOYS and GIRLS CLUB in CHANDLER. We have 3 instructors with over 25 years experience in Shotokan Karate and members of the ISKF.

Best Regards

Dave Bracklow

Saturday, January 2, 2016

ISKF Chandler Karate January 2 2016 (a bit of history)

Karate in Chandler Az

Karate in Chandler Az "KATANA"

We will be starting our newest class at the the BOYS and GIRLS CLUB in Chandler

You can contact the Club or ISKF CHANDLER with questions.

Here is a bit of History on Karate and Busido

Karate began as a common fighting system known as te (Okinawan: ti) among the Pechin class of the Ryukyuans.  Is thought to have it's roots in India and China and eventually making it's way to Okinawa. After trades were established with of China in 1372,some forms of Chinese martial arts were introduced to Okinawa from China's visitors, particularly Fujian Province. A large group of Chinese families moved to Okinawa by 1392 for cultural exchange, and they established a wide variety of Chinese arts and sciences, including the Chinese martial arts. The political atmosphere of Okinawa in 1477 lead to the policy of banning weapons. 

Many people think that Karate is a Japanese art, but it wasn't brought to Japan until 1922 by Master Gichin Funakoshi.

CONTACT US today to start training and learn more History of Karate.