Shotokan Tiger

Welcome to Petaluma Karate Club

Traditional Karate-Do for All Ages

Petaluma Karate Club teaches traditional Shotokan Karate and is a member of the International Karate Daigaku.Karate Kanji

The word KARATE is a combination of two Japanese characters:

KARA, Karameaning empty

TE, Temeaning hand. Thus, karate means "empty hand."

The suffix "-do" Dohas numerous meanings including road, path, route, and way. It implies that karate is not just a self-defense system but a way of life.

For more information, visit our information page on the history and philosophy of Shotokan Karate.

Benefits of Karate Training


Karate as a way of life offers many benefits beyond self-defense. Some of the benefits include:

"The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants."

- Gichin Funakoshi