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.
The ACSKC Blog
The odds are pretty low, thankfully, that you’ll ever have to physically defend yourself against an attacker.
“Karate-jutsu” - the physical elements of the art related to practical self-defense - will help you survive those few short, intense minutes of fighting if you should ever need to defend yourself against an attacker.
Karate-dō will prepare you for the other 39,000,000 minutes of your life...
There are a lot of ways to think about speed in karate - here's my view.
The first element of "being fast" is "how quickly you respond to stimuli" whatever that might be - seeing an opening and beginning your attack, or recognizing your opponent's attack and initiating your defense.
The second element is "how quickly you complete your action once you begin it" - how long, start to finish, does your punch or block take, along with your accompanying body movement?
There are endless approaches to practicing kata, all of which provide specific benefits and different insights. Here's an approach that everyone can use regardless of their rank or experience. Keep in mind this isn't the right way to practice kata - it is one way to practice kata.
Every kata contains an interwoven set of conditions to study and control - stance, posture, position, the path of movements between positions, breathing, muscle control (tension and relaxation), speed, power, and so on. Mastery means that, over time, you become able to control as many of these variables as possible simultaneously and naturally, without conscious thought about the individual variables themselves, so that instead you can focus exclusively on visualizing the various possible applications while performing.
- 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 […]