Traditional Karate For All Ages!

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

The word KARATE is a combination of two Japanese characters:

  • KARA – meaning Empty
  • TE – meaning Hand

Thus, karate means “Empty Hand.”

  • DO – meaning road, path, route, and way

Adding this suffix implies that karate is not just a self-defense system but a way of life.

Benefits of Karate

Karate as a way of life offers many benefits beyond self-defence. Some of the benefits include:
    • Respect
    • Discipline
    • Heightened Awareness
    • Improved Concentration
    • Fitness
"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