Beginner and Advanced Classes
Whether you’re 5 years old or 55, you are welcome
Classes Held Daily
3 DOJO LOCATIONS
Pick a dojo location that’s convenient
- Waikiki (Oahu)
- Hawaii Kai (Oahu)
- Kahului (Maui)
Japan Karate Association (JKA) Hawaii Philosophy
Japan Karate Association (JKA) Hawaii is the only official Hawaii branch of the JKA. With branches in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization. As the “Keeper of Karate’s Highest Tradition,” JKA Hawaii takes the advanced teachings of Shotokan karate and incorporates them into each karate class. No other organization approaches karate with greater intensity of purpose or structure. The JKA Hawaii takes that prestige very seriously by ensuring that all of our instructors are highly trained. Each instructor adheres to strict training standards to ensure that our students get the most out of every karate class.
Karate is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. It is a martial art and way of life that trains a practitioner to be peaceful. If conflict is unavoidable, true karate dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow.
Such action requires strength, speed, focus, and control. These physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself.
True karate is based on Bushido. The whole person, (the body, mind, and spirit) must be developed simultaneously. Through kihon (basics), kumite (sparring), and kata (form) we learn to control our movements. 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 true karate is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through perfect unity of mind and body. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido, and the of the JKA’s philosophy.