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SKA Logo "True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in
critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."

-- Gichin Funakoshi
 




Announcements

Last updated  Aug 29, 2012    

 

Due to changes in policies for Duke Athletic spaces, we have been unable to secure on-campus space for practice.

Fortunately, the Chapel Hill SKA dojo is just down the road (less than a mile from West Campus)

so until an on-campus practice space can be found, we will be practicing with them.

 

Fall Practice Schedule

Duke Dojo with Chapel Hill Dojo

Schedule

Mondays, and Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm, and Sundays 8am-9:30am

Location

Duke School located at 3716 Old Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705.

More information

 

 


See calendar (further below) for  specifics, changes and updates.   


The calendar is also available directly at http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=j9mnu53rqc75b1nep9q1ortkkk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York
 
      
Prior experience is not necessary.
There is no charge for instruction, but dues are required to pay for the dojo space rental
Just come to a practice or contact the folks at the bottom of the page.
(we do ask that you come at the beginning or end of practice or that you sit quietly and observe.)






Practices are not mandatory.  Come to as many as your schedule permits! 

However, please come on time or advise John or Mark if you will be unavoidably late.

 



Upcoming Events

 

Monthly Social

     We hope to have an abbreviated practice once a month  after which we will retire to a local watering hole/restaurant  to socialize. 
Hope that you can join us.

 



Duke Shotokan Karate Club

The Duke Shotokan Karate Club is a chartered  club at Duke University for Faculty/Staff/Students/Alumni. We primarily practice Shotokan Karate-do and
are a member of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a non-profit organization teaching traditional Japanese Karate-do since 1955. For more information
about SKA and Karate-do in general, please visit the Official SKA Web Site.   

While membership in SKA is not required for undergrads  to practice with the Duke Karate Club, it is highly recommended and is required if you wish to test for
belt rankings.  Membership also encludes training privileges in all USA SKA dojos and world wide affiliates (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia,
Israel, Japan, Morocco, The Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles, Spain, and Switzerland).

Joining SKA also allows you to practice with the nearby Chapel Hill Shotokan Dojo



See bottom of Page for Other Youtube Videos of Interest




Practice is led by black belt instructors in the traditional manner with emphasis on personal attention and achievement. Beginner and advanced students usually
 train together. Ranking testing occurs twice a year, usually coinciding with the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Art of Karate

Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self-defense. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques using all parts of the body
to their maximum advantage.

Karate practice is divided into three categories:

    • Kihon
    (basic blocks, punches, kicks and stances)
    • Kata
    (pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations)
    • Kumite
    (sparring)
In each category the beginner is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous to them.

As the student progresses technically, they progress physically, and practice demands greater stamina. At this stage, they become involved with more
intricate and difficult katas and more dynamic forms of kumite.

As the student approaches black belt level, techique, stamina, speed and coordination become natural to them as a result of strong practice. It is at this stage
that the serious student discovers that they have only just begun their study of karate. The object of true karate practice is perfection of oneself through the
perfection of the art.

The Values of Karate

The values of Karate to modern man are numerous. In our everyday lives we often forget the value of exercise to both our physical and mental health.
The practice of karate tones the body, develops coordination, quickens reflexes, and builds stamina.

Also, the serious practice of karate develops composure, a clearer thought process, deeper insight into one's mental capabilites, and more self-confidence.
In this, karate is not an end, but a means to an end. It is an activity in which advancing age is not a hindrance. Rather it encourages proficiency and the keen
coordination of mind and body.


Suggested Readings

These books are usually 20-30% off list at Amazon.com. Click on the name of the book to be sent to the website for easy purchase.

(Note that these links are provided for convenience only and are not endorsed by or affiliated with Duke University or Shotokan Karate of America)


Videos of Interest

Origins of Karate

Tsutomu Ohshima - Fumikomi

Tsutomu Ohshima on Mind Breathing Body at Shotokan Dojo

2009 Nisei Week SKA Heian Nidan Demonstration


Kata-Bassai

Ohshima Shotokan Karate Jiyu Kumite Highlights from the 2009 Nisei Week Tournament



Shotokan Karate torite & suwari-waza exercises

Tsutomu Ohshima

Tsutomu Ohshima - Memories




Vendor(s) for gis and other gear

(Note that these links are provided for convenience only and are not endorsed by or affiliated with Duke University or Shotokan Karate of America)


Interested in attending? Questions?

Please contact :

John Foster -        Dojo Chief Instructor

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  •           
             (jfosterska at earthlink.net)
            or cel. # 919-619-4351

  • Danica Lu-    Club President            
  •        dmliu9298 at gmail.com
     

     

    •   Mark Kitchens-   Club Advisor, Dojo manager, Webmaster, and chief bottle washer  

    Mark Kitchens

             msk at alumni.duke.edu




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    Duke Shotokan Karate

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    We also have a Facebook group.





    Previous Events

    2012 Spring in the South

    The 33rd annual Spring in the South  was held April 28th and 29th , 2012  in Card Gym on Duke's campus
    and was led by godan Kei Teramoto. The group shot of participants is here and there should be more photographs forcoming.

     

    2011 East Coast Winter Special Training

    Two members of the Duke Dojo attended 2011 East Coast Winter Special Training at Randolph Macon College, led by godan Ray Berry.

     

    2011 East Coast Summer Special Training

    Two members of the Duke Dojo attended 2011 East Coast Summer Special Training at Hampshire College, led by sandan Dave Irey.

     

    2011 Spring in the South 

    The 32nd annual Spring in the South  was held April 30-May 1, 2011  in Card Gym on Duke's campus
    and was led by godan Errol Bennet .

    See the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/SKA-Spring-in-the-South/126678530738208

    As usual, Nachum Sicherman got a lot of good shots which are located at

    http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/NSicherman/sis2011/index.html.

     

     

    2010 Spring in the South


    The 31st annual Spring in the South  was held May 1-2, 2010  in Card Gym on Duke's campus
    and was led by godan Ray Berry. For a great collection of photos from SIS, we can usually count on Nachum Sicherman. 
    http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/NSicherman/sis2010/index.html.


    2010 East Coast Winter Special Training

    4 members of the Duke Shotokan dojo went to 2010 East Coast Winter Special Training at Randolph-Macon College, led by godon Ray Berry   Feb 5-7.


    2010_RM_WinterSpecialTraining.jpg


    2009 Spring in the South


    The 30th annual Spring in the South  was held  April 25,26, 2009 in Card Gym on Duke's campus
    and was led by Manfred Chiu, godan. For a great collection of photos from SIS, see Nachum Sicherman's site

    2009 Winter Special Training


    4 members of the Duke Shotokan dojo went to 2009 Winter Special Training at Randolph-Macon college, led by yodon Rob Clark  in Feb 2009.
    (group photo below)

    Group photo after 2009 East Winter Special Training


    2008 Spring in the South- group photo     For more photos of 2008 Spring in the South with Mr. Oshima, see Nachum Sicherman's site


    2007 Spring in the South

    Go  to Duke Homepage

    Webpage questions/comments to Mark Kitchens  (msk at alumni.duke.edu)
    Last updated 4-29-2012

     


    th- group photo     For more photos of 2008 Spring in the South with Mr. Oshima, see Nachum Sicherman's site


    2007 Spring in the South

    Go  to Duke Homepage

    Webpage questions/comments to Mark Kitchens  (msk at alumni.duke.edu)
    Last updated 4-29-2012

     


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    2008 Spring in the South- group photo     For more photos of 2008 Spring in the South with Mr. Oshima, see Nachum Sicherman's site


    2007 Spring in the South

    Go  to Duke Homepage

    Webpage questions/comments to Mark Kitchens  (msk at alumni.duke.edu)
    Last updated 2-29-2012