• Dojo Vision/Mission

  • Our Philosophy and Mission

     技術より心術 - Spirit First, Technique Second 

    The precept is taken from Funakoshi Gichin's "Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate-do. Karate is more than kicking and punching. Within Okinawan karate, many such principles are expressed.

    In our school, students are encouraged to practice with a good heart/ good intentions. While many see karate as a violent art, karate is first and foremost a practise of self-discovery and personal development.

    The physical elements of the art - the repetition of techniques, body conditioning, mastery of kata and austere training - forge positive mental and physical change.

    Continuous Practise, Constant Improvement 

    Training will improve you physically. Better balance, better coordination, increased flexibility and endurance. It will improve memory and concentration - providing greater clarity, focus and presence. However, much in the same way that boiling water returns to a tepid state when removed from heat and flame, so, too does karate require constant practice.

    Training is challenging for all. For youth, discipline and development of skill are the foci of training. Belts are earned rather than awarded. Students are encouraged to transfer the lessons they learn in the dojo - such as critical thinking, self-respect and respect for others, hard work - to their daily lives.

    For adults, there is focus on deeper elements of the system - some aspects of the physical training can be considered austere. Elements of self-defense requiring both moral and ethical introspection are explored in class. For both adults and youth, it is expected that a good heart and good karate are to be developed together.

    Intense pressure was required to make diamonds. Strong karateka are developed in much the same way. Any art or activity will require dedicated practice and commitment in order to achieve any level of expertise or mastery.

    One could not learn a language or an become an expert ballplayer after a few practices or a couple of games. Nor can skill in karate be developed by osmosis or occasional practice. Training will be difficult and at times frustrating. Persevering will lead to greater personal discovery and stronger technique.

    Karate for a Better Human Being 

    The dojo operates as a community program under the belief that, while proper training is beneficial, it should also be affordable for all to practice. It does not require a large space or comforts of a storefront or a gymnasium. Our dojo has worked with KidSport to ensure that interested students can partake in training. 

    Over the years, we've participated in a variety of activities including annual community league days and the JD Bracco leadership conferences. We donated to help Albertans fleeing the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and hold an annual training activity to support the Alberta Cancer Foundation. 

    "When we long for life without difficulties, remember that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."

    - Peter Marshall