At No Limits Karate Academy, we teach traditional Shotokan Karate. Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi and was the name of his first school in 1936. Shoto means “pine waves” (the movement of pine needles as the wind passes through them) and Kan means “house” or “hall”. Through Shotokan, Master Funakoshi was known for popularizing Karate-Do, or what we now refer to as simply Karate. Shotokan Karate remains firmly rooted in a strong martial arts tradition, emphasizing lifetime training for a healthy mind and body, rather than strictly as a sport.
Karate means “empty hand”, and Karate-do translates to “the way of Karate”. Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art that is founded on the basic techniques of punching, striking, kicking and blocking, yet there is a deeper aspect to serious Karate training which deals with character development. Shotokan Karate is a way for an individual to realize greater potential and expand the limits of that individual’s physical and mental capabilities. Karate in an excellent, time-proven method of personal development.
No Limits students also learn Judo which is known as the “Gentle Art” and which also originated in Japan by Jigoro Kano in 1882. Judo teaches students how to defend themselves and attack from the ground. Students will learn the basics of Judo such as how to escape from the guard position, along with basic techniques to submit an opponent using joint locks and chokes. Judo was later adopted by the Gracie family in Brazil, who modified the art into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which primarily focuses on techniques from the ground only.
We believe that the combination of these traditional styles provides a well rounded course that everyone can benefit from. Both will teach students valuable self-defense techniques as well as respect and self-confidence.