Regular Karate practice develops physical fitness, strength, flexibility, endurance, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches respect towards others as well as yourself.
Our goal is to uphold the true spirit of Shotokan Karate, develop the character, mentor and empower the student and improve quality of life.
Shotokan Karate is highly respected as one of the best systems of traditional Karate in the world. Originally developed in China, the techniques that evolved into Karate spread from Okinawa to Japan as a self-defense martial art called Budo. Karate's popularity is widely credited to Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), who brought the art from Okinawa to Japan, giving numerous public demonstrations and establishing university Karate clubs. It was in Japan that Karate evolved into the systemized martial art we know today, and from there it spread around the world. Shotokan was among the first Karate systems to become popular outside of Japan, due in large part to many accomplished Japanese Karate masters traveling worldwide to teach this art. Master Funakoshi is often referred to as the father of modern Karate. His pen name was Shoto, which means “pine waves” and refers to the sound made by wind through pine trees, kan means “house,” so his students referred to the art he taught as Shotokan. The word Shotokan refers to the system devised originally by Funakoshi, as opposed to other types of Karate. The practice of Shotokan is based on the philosophy "ikken hisatsu," meaning a single blow must decide all.
My name is Tony Hunt and here is a brief history of myself. I started Karate at the tender age of 25 years old – yes, as an adult. I always wanted to take up martial arts and never had the courage to start. On my 25th birthday, as a birthday present to myself, I decided to join a local club and have enjoyed it ever since. I was born and raised in Liverpool, England, and have lived in the US since 2002.
This is me a long time ago with Sensei Kase 9th Dan at a training seminar, one of his many in Liverpool, England.
Sensei Kase was a direct pupil of the founder of Shotokan Karate, Gichin Funakoshi. Alas, Sensei Kase passed away in 2004 and is sadly missed by the Karate world. He was a master of his art and an inspiration to all who trained under his expertise, myself included. I understand that he was a true warrior from the old school and a legend all over the world. After the 2nd World War was over, he dedicated his life to Karate, peace, harmony and perfection of character.
This is my daughter and son, Jennifer and Peter at the ages of 9 and 7.
Jenny loved to take part in kata (patterns) competitions and won many trophies. She is now a mom and had baby Freya in December 2007. We call her Princess Freya. Jenny works as an HR manager in England.
Peter loved kumite (sparring) and had a tremendous round-house kick that everyone feared, including me and rumored Chuck Norris, no kidding. Peter is a communications manager in England.
They both went on to gain black belts in Shotokan, as did almost all of my first grading class of 1987. 42 students graded for their first belt, 38 went on to gain black belt status over the next 4 years. Many more students came through the ranks, gained black belts and have their own Karate clubs in the UK.
My rank is 4th dan black belt passed in February 1997, 3rd dan January 1992, 2nd dan in June 1988 and 1st dan November 1985, with Judge and Referee status. I have been a member of numerous Karate associations in the UK, such as Karate Union of Great Britain, Shotokan Karate of Great Britain, Liverpool Karate Association, Shotokan Karate Federation and co-founder of the National Shotokan Karate Association. I have worked with the British government and the British Army as an unarmed combat advisor and instructor. I am presently a member of the World Traditional Karate Organization.