ATLANTIC COUNTY SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB
Our Club's History
Since 1987, we've offered classes in Shotokan Karate-dō for children, adults, and families who want to study an authentic, traditional style of Japanese martial arts.
Shotokan is the most extensively researched, written-about, and practiced style of Japanese karate in the world. See how we compare to other popular martial arts styles.
Our Instructional Philosophy
Our approach to teaching and coaching is based on proven methodologies that have produced exceptional results for over 6,000 students since the club's founding in 1987.
Classes for ChildrenWe have over 30 years of experience helping children become exceptional adults.
Classes for AdultsImprove fitness, manage stress and feel more in control of yourself and the world around you.
Senior TrainingThe ACSKC's ongoing "Seminar in Shotokan" series for all martial artists ages 40 & over.
News & Updates
- There’s a natural curiosity among karate practitioners to understand what we practice at the deepest levels. With kata, that understanding often turns to breaking down the pieces and parts of our forms to see just how many different ways a given series of movements can be adapted to an actual self-defense situation. That process of analysis is what we typically call bunkai. The term bunkai is composed of two kanji: bun (分) and kai (解). Bun, as heard by a native speaker of Japanese, would have various meanings ranging from nouns like “part” or “segment” or “relation” all the way to an adjective meaning “detached.” Kai on the other hand is more straightforward - it means “solution” as in “solution to a puzzle.” So the term bunkai can literally be translated to “a solution to the question of how things relate to one another.” Notice I said “a" solution - not “THE" solution.
- This past week I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful presentation by E.B. Lewis, an award-winning painter and illustrator of children’s books. Mr. Lewis spoke to children and parents about his journey to becoming a world-famous artist, and shared that his own passion for art was, in part, from the early realization that he was good at it. In that moment, I thought back to my own childhood and what it meant to be good at something for the first time. As a kid, I was on the shorter side and pretty skinny – not exactly built for an […]