BLACK BELT
 
85 BROADWAY
HICKSVILLE, NY 11801
TEL: 516-822-7861

  
TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE
 

INTRODUCTION


Black Belt   is centrally located in Hicksville on Long Island and was established in 1964. We teach Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate which includes Kihon-Basics, Kata-Forms, and Kumite-Sparring. 
SPECIAL $75  PER MONTH SHOTOKAN CLASSES
*ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS DISCOUNTS
*NO CONTRACTS 
*MOST CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
Fully prepare to be able to defend yourself in any situation with the proven techniques of authentic Shotokan Karate training for all men, women and children. 
Our Shotokan Karate program also includes Authentic Kobudo which is training with the Japanese and Okinawan Sai, Tonfa, Bo and Jo.  
Bunkai (self-defense) studies of Kata is an important part of our Shotokan  training at Black Belt Academy.
The Founder and Senior Instructors of our Dojo have trained with Master Toyotaro Miyazaki.  Photograph below  is an advanced Shotokan Karate Seminar taught by Master Miyazaki which Sensei Antony Mavroudis attended. 
  Master Seminar - April 2004
OUR SHOTOKAN TRADITION
Shotokan Karate was developed by Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) and his son Gigo Funakoshi (1906-1945).  Gichin was born in Okinawa where he trained in Shōrei-ryū, a hard style with low stances and powerful movements and Shōrin-ryū, a soft style with fast birdlike movements.  The combination of both hard and soft styles forms the basis of Shotokan Karate.  Gichin Funakoshi introduced karate to Japan in 1922.  He is credited with being the father of modern karate.

Gichin Funakoshi was also a poet and a philosopher.  The name Shotokan (House of Shoto) is derived from Funakoshi’s pen name, Shoto, which means “waving pines” and Kan, which means training hall or house.

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.”

Gichin Funakoshi

“Ancient in origin, the martial arts of the East have always had the development of man’s spiritual, as well as physical, nature at their core.  Karate-dō, the ‘Way of Karate,’ is no different from the other martial arts in this respect.”

Shigeru Egami – Japanese master of Shotokan Karate and one of Gichin Funakoshi’s earliest students