Shotokan karate is a traditional Japanese style of the art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi. The Sioux Falls Shotokan Karate Club is a non-profit organization that adheres to the same high standards and principles set forth by Master Funakoshi.
Shotokan Karate is a martial art which encompasses discipline, self-defense and overall personal growth. The emphasis is on individual growth rather than on comparison with others or competition. Emotional and spiritual health, as well as physical development are the facets of strong character and self-confidence. Through rigorous training and interaction with fellow students (karate-Ka), these goals can be realized. We are a no-nonsense Club with very structured and disciplined training sessions.
Training sessions are structured to develop strong basic techniques first through Kihon (basics) and Kata (forms). After much training, students progress to sparring (Kumite) to test the techniques. Kihon, Kata and Kumite - Strong basics first; tournament later. We strive to provide students with the desire to train for a lifetime. If you do not like hard work and sweat - do not train in Shotokan Karate.
The Sioux Falls Shotokan Karate Club is Regional Headquarters for North Central Region. We are affiliated with the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).
Besides regular training sessions, the Sioux Falls Shotokan Karate Club hosts Seminars and Examinations three times per year. An annual Summer Camp is held during the month of June.
All examinations are conducted by Mr. Yutaka Yaguchi. Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi is the Chief Instructor for the Mountain States region, including part of Canada. His dojo is located in Denver, Colorado. He is the Technical Director for the International Shotokan Karate Association nationally. Yaguchi Sensei is an 9th degree black belt who came from Japan to help start Shotokan Karate in the United States 35 years ago. The Sioux Falls Shotokan Karate Club Instructors provide training and classes to accommodate all levels of fitness and ability.