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  • Best Karate Classes & Program - Adults, Teens, Kids

    Click on read more to see video. You looking for the best Traditional Karate in Arizona since 1971 - Shotokan Karate of Arizona ( formerly JKA of Mesa). Our main location is inside the Fiesta Mall in Mesa, Arizona. We also have a club at the Chandler Boys and Girls Club and coming this fall at Arizona State University main campus. https://www.KarateAZ.com ....

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  • Punching the "Makiwara"

    Click Read More to see Video - Shihan Naka demonstrating punching the “Makiwara” correctly . For the advance Karateka this should be a part of Budo Karate training on a regular basis. Oss...Chuck Coburn / Shotokan Karate Arizona - https://www.KarateAZ.com ....

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  • Arizona Karate Classes


    Come and give our Shotokan Karate Class & ShotoFit class a try!
    Click on Read More to see Video. Here is what we offer:
    Family Tuition - No Contracts
    Highest Quality & Certified Instructors... and much more! Get in touch today don't wait! http://www.KarateAZ.com (480) 205-6003 ShotoFit from Chuck Coburn on Vimeo . ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Weight Loss Tip - Lefty Loser

    Weight Loss Tip - Lefty Loser

    Research shows you take in 30% less food when eating with your non-dominate hand. Tip: Keep a large napkin handy for spills!!! ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Parent Writes Why Traditional Shotokan Karate is Important for Her Child

    Parent Writes Why Traditional Shotokan Karate is Important for Her Child


    FROM A KARATE PARENT
    People asked me: "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your child to do Karate?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my child's training or her belts, mouthguard or Gi. Or even for his\hers gradings or championships So, if I am not paying for the Karate, what am I paying for? - I pay for those moments when my child become so tired she feels like quitting but don't.. - I pay for the opportunity that my child can have and will have to make life-long friendships. - I pay for the chance that they may have amazing Instructors and coaches that will teach her that Karate is not just about techniques and fighting but ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Mokuso - Preparing of the Mind

    Mokuso - Preparing of the Mind

    Mokuso is a meditation time before class and after class. During the procedure, which can be done kneeling or standing, students are to close teir eyes, relax their breathing (in nose out mouth) and allow their mind to prepare to receive instruction. When done at the end of class the mind is to focus on retaining what the lessons of the day were about. During this time we learn to "quiet our mind" . This is a time to dispel negative thoughts, fears and to build our focus and attention. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Stretch and Warm Up

    Stretch and Warm Up

    Stretching and Warms Up: PNF Stretching
    - PNF is an acronym for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It is a technique where you are activating a specific muscle in order to relax the muscles around a joint so you can decrease the stiffness around a joint. Dynamic Stretching
    - This is where you are activating the muscle around a joint and moving that joint through its full range of motion in a progressive manner. This leads to an increased range of motion around the joint, warming up of the muscle around the joint and improved circulation around the joint. Think of high knees or butt kicks. 3-Dimensional Core Stability Exercises
    - With these exercises we are targeting the ....

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  • Friday Flashback to the Past | Mesa and Gilbert Karate Classes


    Shihan Masahiko Tanaka Demonstration
    Shihan Masahiko Tanaka - Tanaka Sensei attendance at one of the Master Nakayama memorial tournaments hosted by Shihan Yaguchi in Colorado. This video is a demonstration he did at the tournament. He is one of my favorite JKA instructors to train with over the years. He visited Arizona several times - would love to have him back in AZ for a seminar. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - "Karate Mind Set" #4 Zanshin (Remaining Mind)

    "Karate Mind Set" #4 Zanshin (Remaining Mind)

    Zanshin means "remaining mind" in Japanese. Zanshin keeping your focus to make sure all potential threats are neutralized. "Why? Because "it ain't over till it's over." This mind set is especially important in karate competition and self defense. This is a judging criteria of competitors in competition. "Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready." - Connor McGregor ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - "Karate Mind Set" #3 "Fudoshin" (Immovable Mind)

    "Karate Mind Set" #3 "Fudoshin" (Immovable Mind)

    The unshakeable resolve is called Fudoshin. In Japanese , it means "immovable mind". Simply put, it means that no outside influence affects your mind. Fudoshin is especially important when you competing, taking a rank exam, self defense. You canot leave any room for doubt or hesitation to come into your mind, because that can cause weakness and becomes a negative spiral that you will lose control of. If you set your mind to something don't allow anything to shake your belief in achieving it. Be Steadfast! "Mankind is divided into three classes: Those who move, those who are movable and those who are immovable." Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - "Karate Mind Set" #2 Mushin

    "Karate Mind Set" #2 Mushin

    One of the most important thing when trainging in Karate and other athletic activities is to focus and keep the mind empty of other thoughts no related. Mushin refers to that empty-mindedness you might experience when you carefully focused on an activity. In essence, you enter a zone of full presence where your brains not occupied with anything else but the task at hand. This is what athletes and sports scientists refer to as the zone state. One of the best ways to reach Mushin is by meditating. Think about nothing without thinking about nothing. In most traditional schools class is begun with a short meditation to prepare one for class without thoughts that lead to distraction - focus ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - "Karate Mind Set" #1 Shoshin

    "Karate Mind Set" #1 Shoshin

    In the martial arts and Shotokan Karate involves several different mind sets. The first one is "Shoshin" which is the Japanese word for - beginner's mind. It's the open-minded attitude of being ready to learn; without preconceived notions, judgement or bias. Shoshin is essential for Karate, because the mind is like a parachute - it doesn't work if its closed. Shoshin is difficult to maintain as you advance in rank or coming from another school or dojo. Many people think they "know it all" when they reach reach Shodan - Black Belt. Many of these people probably don't know that the first black belt level is called "Shodan" in Japanese; literally "first level". Black Belt is not the end. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Two - 2 - Ladies in Gold

    Two - 2 - Ladies in Gold

    Two ladies in Gold! Congratulations to Enesa & Lorena both taking gold in their respective divisions at the recent 2017 Arizona State Championships. Oss...Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Sportsmanship

    Sportsmanship

    Sportsmanship - win or lose this is an important learning aspect in traditional karate. Congratulations to two of our youth - Katie who took the gold and Emily taking a sliver at the recent Arizona State Karate Championships. Oss...Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - ISKF Tucson Shotokan Karate Club

    ISKF Tucson Shotokan Karate Club

    Had a great day with some great students in Tucson. Thank you Enrique for hosting a wonderful day at the ISKF Tucson Karate Dojo! Oss.... Chuck Coburn & Cheryl Coburn http://tucsoniskfshotokankarate.com www.ShotokanLLC.com www.Facebook.com/ShotokanLLC www.KarateAZ.com ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Arizona State Karate Championships

    Arizona State Karate Championships

    Would like to thank Ray Hughes, Sensei and his staff for hosting a great Arizona State Karate Championships this past weekend. Congratulations on making this one of the premier karate events - first class. Oss...Chuck Coburn PS: we'll be posting numerous photo's on our Flickr site soon. www.KarateAZ.com # BestKarateTournament ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Best Karate Kids Results

    Best Karate Kids Results

    2017 USA - Arizona State Karate Championships. Our Kids Karate program did outstanding at the recent Arizona State Karate Championships. Oss....Chuck Coburn www.KarateAZ.com # BestKidsKarateClassesMesa # BestKidsKarateClassesGilbert ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Young Karate Kid - New Star in the making!

    Young Karate Kid - New Star in the making!

    One of our bright & upcoming young karate kids from our youth karate program at the 2017 Arizona State Karate Championships yesterday. First time competing and already a little champion! Oss...Chuck Coburn www.KarateAZ.com # bestkaratekidsarizona # shotokankaratearizona #Bestkidskarateclassesmesa ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Slideshow of Kids Karate Classes in Mesa and Gilbert [Video]

    Slideshow of Kids Karate Classes in Mesa and Gilbert [Video]

    Click READ MORE to view our slideshow video. Shotokan Karate of Arizona goal is to see you achieve boundless success in your karate practice while developing ancillary skills of focus, determination and confidence! Best Karate Classes for Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Arizona. Here is what we offer:
    Family Tuition - No Contracts
    Highest Quality & Certified Instructors...And Much More! ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - USA Karate Arizona Banquet 2017 | Karate in Mesa and Gilbert

    USA Karate Arizona Banquet 2017 | Karate in Mesa and Gilbert

    Click READ MORE to watch our video from the USA Karate Arizona banquet in Scottsdale. USA Karate of Arizona held its Annual Awards Banquet for the 2016 competition season on Friday, January 27th 2017 at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale. Shotokan Karate of Arizona was well represented with 25 members in attendance of this outstanding event. Congratulations to Sensei Ray Hughes and his staff for hosting this outstanding event serving the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Scottsdale areas!Oss…Chuck Coburn www.KarateAZ.com
    A Closer Look At Scottsdale's Premiere Karate Banquet
    Click the on photo and scroll down to see collage. On behalf of all the 25 members ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Shotokan Karate of Arizona | Best Kids Karate Classes In Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler [Video]

    Shotokan Karate of Arizona | Best Kids Karate Classes In Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler [Video]

    Click READ MORE to see video. Short video on our school and what we offer. Our program which serves metro Phoenix with students coming from Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale and Phoenix since 1971. We offer martial arts classes for Adults - Men & Women, Teens and Children. Kids love our schools program and parents even more so - discipline and structure with traditional Shotokan Karate. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Yearly Dojo Holiday Party | Kids and Adult Martial Arts in Mesa

    Yearly Dojo Holiday Party | Kids and Adult Martial Arts in Mesa

    Yearly Dojo Holiday Party - January 7, 2017. Great time, food, demonstrations and it was great to see all current, former students and friends.We were especially honored to have JKA Shihan Shojiro Koyama in attendance. Dojo Holiday Party 1 7 2017 HD from Chuck Coburn on Vimeo . We proudly serve the Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler areas for Kids Martial Arts, Teen and Adult Martial Arts! ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Karate Ethics | Kids Martial Arts in Mesa

    Karate Ethics | Kids Martial Arts in Mesa

    Karate Ethics - Click read more to see video -
    Perhaps the most important martial arts topic is not about technique, but about ethics. This video examines the nature of karate ethics and discusses both its influences and applicability to today’s martial artist. Video by David T. Deveau. Our Dojo / School - Shotokan Karate of Arizona embraces and follows these principles. We have been teaching these principles which is in essence Shotokan Karate since 1971 to kids, teens and adults. Come by our school today to take a tour of our school and get started. We located inside the Fiesta Mall - Freeway 60 and Alma School Road in Mesa, Arizona. Oss....Chuck Coburn www.KarateAZ.com ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - 4 year old Kids and Karate

    4 year old Kids and Karate

    Our 4 year old kids program stresses focus and discipline which leads to character development and self defense. Two 4 year old Karate Kids from Chuck Coburn on Vimeo . ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Junior Kumite Workout Sunday Morning

    Junior Kumite Workout Sunday Morning

    Our juniors Sunday morning workout part 3 working on kumite for the upcoming 2016 ISKF Nationals. Oss....Chuck Coburn www.KarateAZ.com 2 1/2 hour workout Sunday morning # dedication Traditional Shotokan Karate is for all ages, kids, youth, adults, seniors, men and women. Great exercise, stress release, fitness, self defense, sport, martial art. Produly serving the East Valley of metro Phoenix, Arizona. Serving communities since 1971 - Mesa • Gilbert • Chandler • Tempe • Scottsdale. Sign up today, please come by and take a tour of the school inside the Fiesta Mall in Mesa. Contact us through the website www.KarateAZ.com Junior Kumite Training Sunday ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Youth Kata Practice

    Youth Kata Practice

    Check out our video by clicking read more - Cheryl Coburn? working with our juniors Sunday morning for the upcoming 2016 ISKF Nationals - indivdual Kata and team Kata after warm up and plyometrics training. #dedication www.KarateAZ.com Our Shotokan Karate program is you any age, men, women, kids, youth, adults. Contact us today for more information or stop by to sign up and get started. Produly serving the metro area of Phoenix, Arizona - Mesa • Gilbert • Chandler • Scottsdale. Oss... Chuck Coburn Junior Kata practise Sunday morning from Chuck Coburn on Vimeo . ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Child Development - Good Manners and Character

    Child Development - Good Manners and Character

    Our Traditonal Japanese Shotokan Kaarate program stresses the development of having good manners and character in all of our members. Good mammers and character development is very important that it is developed in kids - children and youth in their formative years (ages 4-10). Contact us today to enroll your child in our Shotokan Karate program . Serving the east valley of metro Phoenix. Mesa • Chandler • Gilbert • Scottsadale • and throughout Arizona. Website: www.KarateAZ. comFacebookpage: www.Facebook.com/iskfwestern ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Leadership - Initiative

    Leadership - Initiative

    A person with initiative is a self-starter, goes after goals, and get jobs done with admirable self-reliance.Take the initiative and lead the Way… You can make the difference! Shotokan Karate training helps kids, youth and adults build confidence which leads to developing one taking the initiative as opposed to being asked or told - development of leadership skills. Oss…..Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween Safety Tips

    A few " Halloween Safety Tips
    " for kids, youth and adults out trick treating tonight. Have fun and be safe. Shotokan Karate of Arizona / Chuck Coburn Carry a flashlight •Trick or treat in groups of 3 or more • Stay on side walks • Obey traffic signals • Stay in familar neighorhoods • Don't cut across yards or driveways • Wear a watch you can read in the dark • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground • Shoe's should fit • Avoid wearing mask while walking from house to house • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape • Approach only houses that are lit • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know • Don't eat ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Scary Kata Halloween

    Scary Kata Halloween

    OOOOO!! Spooky!!!!! Scary Kata for Halloween!!! Two of our youth having some fun doing Halloween Kata. Oss...Shotokan Karate of Arizona. Click on read more to see video ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Dojo Baseball World Series

    Dojo Baseball World Series

    Had some fun at the Dojo last week that included kids and adults - Dojo Baseball. We had our own World Series - Cubs won vs Indians 12 - 4. Just gotta have fun sometimes. ?? ?? Cheers - Shotokan Karate Arizona Click read more to see video ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Guinness World Record Breaking Kata

    Guinness World Record Breaking Kata

    On October 23rd 2016 the Okinawan karate community attempted to break the record for the most people performing a kata. The record had been set in India in 2013 with 809 people. The Okinawan attempt on the record was a resounding success with 3793 confirmed participants.
    There was also a one of the biggest congregations of karate masters. 2017 will have the opening of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan (training center), and with karate a demonstration sport at the
    2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
    , they expect that a mass kata performance may even become an annual event. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Traditional Shotokan Karate for any Age

    Traditional Shotokan Karate for any Age

    Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors
    we offer one of the best martial art programs anywhere. You may ask why should I take Traditional Karate at Shotokan Karate of Arizona. Here’s just a few benefits:
    Memory retention, problem solving and adaption which is important for any age. For the body traditional shotokan karate focus on the development of flexibility, balance, coordination, muscle tone and cardio / endurance. Personality development includes learning to become more patience, respect for fellow mankind, integrity, humility and perseverance. We have proudly been serving the metro area of Phoenix since 1971. Our students come from Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Chandler Arizona Karate Championships

    Chandler Arizona Karate Championships

    Two of our Black Belt Women did outstanding this weekend at the Chandler Karate Championships in Kumite and Kata - 3 golds and 1 silver. Mr. Dave Bracklow attended as a judge representing our school Shotokan Karate of Arizona. This was his first time judging under the WKF rules which will be the governing body for the 2020 Karate enter into the Olympics. We also had a number of Dojo members show to our competitors support. Outstanding showing from everyone! Click on the photo to expand and view photos. Oss......Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Youth from Gilbert Arizona take two golds at World Karate Championships | Teen Karate - Shotokan Karate

    Youth from Gilbert Arizona take two golds at World Karate Championships | Teen Karate - Shotokan Karate

    Our very own youth Keene Patarakun from Gilbert, Arizona took took two golds in the 14- 15 year old division in the World Shoto Cup Karate Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa this past weekend. Keene took 1st place in Kata which is forms and 1st place in Kumite which is sparring. Keene started training with us age 4 and is turning 16 this week. He is a high academic achiever who has been training in Shotokan Karate 4 times weekly since day one. His dedication has lead to outstanding achievements not only in academics but athletics such as Karate. If you are interested in learning more about all the exciting events and activities that we have going on at Shotokan Karate, ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts Classes in Mesa and Gilbert!

    Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts Classes in Mesa and Gilbert!


    Check out our new website for Shotokan Karate Of Arizona!
    We proudly serve the Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Karate, Adult Karate, Teen Karate and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook and Twitter CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Stay Motivated Toward Your Goals!

    Stay Motivated Toward Your Goals!

    In 1979, the local TV station came to tape me preparing for the ISKF/JKA USA Nationals in Phoenix. "Stay focused and motivated toward Your goals! In our Shotokan Karate program staying focused and motivated is stressed not only for karate but for life - kids and adults. Oss - Chuck Coburn CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Flexibility

    Flexibility

    Flexibility is the range of of motion around the joint. Good flexibility improves posture and alignment and helps prevent injuries through all stages of life. Lengthening the muscle improves flexibility. Our Shotokan Karate program is designed to consistently lengthen muscles to improve flexibility. CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Congratulations

    Congratulations

    After Saturday's AM workout, the Dojo took Mr. Dave Bracklow to breakfast to celebrate his successful passing of the ISKF Instructor and Examiner exams at the 50th Master Camp. It's been a long journey for him - continual training and teaching at his own club, assisting at the ISKF Western Region Headquaters Dojo, 30 instructor classes, 43 research papers, 4 organization projects, and attendance at two Master Camps where he finally took the exams. Congratulations Mr. Bracklow!!! You made the ISKF Western Region proud! Oss.... Chuck Coburn CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - 50th Annual ISKF Master Camp

    50th Annual ISKF Master Camp

    The ISKF Master Camp is one of the oldest, ongoing Karate camps in the world. Over 40 countries and more than 400 Karateka attended the week long 50th Annual ISKF Master Camp. The camp is held in the beautiful countryside at Camp Green Lane, which is about 50 miles north of Philadelphia. This year's camp was extra special. It was not only the 50th annual camp, it was also the last time Master Yaguchi would be teaching at the Camp. His is retiring in December 2016. It has been an honor to have him at the Master Camp every year. He will be missed sorely. We wish him the very best in his retirement. After the usual 6:30 AM run, we had great classes with Sensei's Takahashi, Field, Jones, ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - How to Fold Your Gi / Uniform

    How to Fold Your Gi / Uniform

    Why is it important for a traditional karate practitioner to fold their Gi / uniform properly? ? Many people just bundle up in their Gi in their gym / Gi bag. Then they pull it out for the next class and it looks like it was waded up in their bag. It comes out all wrinkled and smelly. Some don't use a bag at all. They simply crumple it up between uses. It is essential to remove your Gi from your bag when you get home and unfold it. Then it must be hung to air out, minimizing microbial growth. You will be sent home if you come to class with a smelly Gi/uniform!!! Properly folding your Gi and maintaining a neat and clean uniform is an indication of pride in oneself, your dojo, and the ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - 50th ISKF Master Camp

    50th ISKF Master Camp

    The 50th ISKF Master Camp begins tomorrow. Every summer the ISKF headquarters hosts a weeklong international karate camp known as Master Camp. Karateka gather from all over the world to train with internationally renowned karate masters. It is truly a unique event in a beatuful country setting about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. Its is one of the oldest international karate camps in existence. ISKF Western Region members are attending this special year - the 50th Master Camp. Details and registration may be found at www.ISKF.com Watch for future posts of this year's 50th Master Camp (including photos). ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - 2016 Scottsdale Karate Championships

    2016 Scottsdale Karate Championships

    Fun Day! Great showing at the 2016 Scottsdale Karate Champioships hosted by Sensei Ray Hughes and USA Karate of Arizona. Congratulations are in order for Sensei Ray Hughes and staff for running another successful and well run tournament. Adult Black Belt Divisions
    Heidi Rakovic- Women's Kata 1st place
    Enesa Barut Pjano - Women's Kumite 3rd place
    Bre Buerckholtz - Women's Kata 2nd place
    Jim Wollum - Men's Kumite 2nd place
    Team Kata - 3rd place Congratulation to all! Looking forward to the next event with more patcipation and support from everyone including kids and adults. Gambette - Doing your best! • Being your best! ? Oss - Chuck Coburn, Sensei CLICK HERE: To Go ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Karate 2020 Olympics

    Karate 2020 Olympics

    Karate recommended for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic inclusion was approved yesterday by the IOC Executive Board. One more step remains for Karate to be officially included which is expected to be a formality. This final vote takes place in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 60 karatekas are set to compete in six kumite sparring divisions and two kata demonstrations. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Mental Health

    A plethora of research reveals the endless benefits of a healthy mind and its effect on the body. " The heaviest weight to lift is the weight of a negative mind
    ." However, mental health is more than just positive thinking, it is affected by your self-esteem - how you feel about yourself. People with good self-esteem have an abundance of confidence and are better at managing stress and avoiding self-destructive behaviors such as compulsive eating, etc. Feeling great about yourself impacts your behavior which impacts your body composition. Most of the emails and discussions I received from students over the years were not only about the Karate training and how it improved their body but ....

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  • Core Strength and Balance

    Core Strength enables the body to stabilize during movement. It incorporates the abominates, pelvis, lower back and diaphragm. Balance provides the body support with minimal sway.The torso is the body's center of power. Therefore, increasing your strength and stability in this area maintains good alignment and posture, which minimizes injuries. Shotokan Karate focuses heavily on core strengthening exercises and maintaining properly aligned form, throughout each and every move. ....

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  • Body Composition

    Body composition refers to the relative amount of muscle, fat, bone, and other vital parts of the body that make up the entire body. A person's total body weight (what you see on the bathroom scale) may not change over time, but the bathroom scale does not assess how much of that body weight is fat and how much is lean mass (muscle, bone, and ligaments). Newer bathroom scales attempt to assess body composition but may not be accurate. Our traditional karate program includes exercises that promote fat loss and lean muscle growth to improve total body composition. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Planks Every day

    Planks Every day

    7 Benefits of Doing Planks Every Day 1. Improved core definition and performance 2. Decreased risk of injury to your back and spinal column 3. Boost to your metabolism 4. Improved posture 5. Improved overall balance 6. Increased flexibility 7. Increased mental awareness ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Dedicated

    Dedicated

    Our dojo rats!! Staying in great shape and this is AFTER training for 2 hours today! Ossu - Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Muscular Endurance

    Muscular Endurance

    Musclar endurance is the ability of the muscle to continue to perform without fatigue. This is your body's ability to keep working during continuous movement. Ironically, in order to perform without fatigue, you first need to work the muscle until it fatigues. In Shotokan Karate we train the muscles to a threshold of intensity that will stimulate improvemen ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Muscular Strength

    Muscular Strength

    Muscular strength is the ability of the muscle to exert force during activity. The key to making your muscles stronger is working them against resistance: weights, gravity, and / or bands, etc. Our Shotokan Karate program includes: exercises using one's own body weight, bands for resistance training, traditional weights, and many other tools. Some of these tools include equipment unique to Karate such as Iron Getas - a weighted sandle shoe. ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Cardiorespiratory Endurance

    Cardiorespiratory Endurance

    Cardiorespiratory endurance is the ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems (heart and lungs) to supply fuel to the tissues and cells during sustained physical activity. To improve your cardiorespiratory endurance, engage in training activities that keep your heart rate elevated at a safe level for a sustained length of time. Typically the aerobic system kicks in after 60 seconds of constant uninterrupted physical effort. This is an integral part of the training at our karate school. It is essential for good health, fitness and athletic development including karate skills. Oss, Chuck Coburn ....

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  • Physical Fitness

    Physical Fitness is defined by the following five (5) basic foundations:
    Cardiorespiratory Endurance
    Muscular Strength
    Muscular Endurance
    Body Composition
    Flexibility In addition to these five (5) basic components of Physical Fitness, it is important to consider two (2) more:
    Core Strength and Balance
    Mental Health ? These essential elements are stressed in Shotokan Karate Martial Art training. Our adults (including seniors) and youth practice these principals, regularly. A health body leads to a healthy mind which results in a happy individual. We'll cover each of these elements in a future post. CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Postitivity through Martial Arts!

    Postitivity through Martial Arts!

    Happy Wednesday! Break barries, punch obstacles, block negativity, kick criticism and practice happiness. Share your wisdom, be bold, have confidence and push through. Be a role model. Believe in yourself. Surround yourself with the right people. Choose a Kuro Obi / Black Belt spirit and a martial art mindset. Have a martail arts kind of day! Oss - Chuck Coburn www.Facebook.com/iskfwestern CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Focus

    Focus

    Many spend time on so many different things but never excel in any. Focus on one thing until you are truly successful. It doesn't matter if it's a martial art, karate, education, athletics, sports, or a work career, focus and stay the course. Don't give up with every bump in the road or because it got hard. Difficulty is life - its not smooth sailing all the time. It's very hard if not impossible to be very good and knowledgeable at multiple martial arts such as Shotokan Karate, Judo, Kendo and Aikido. Those who recently attended our 2016 Spring Camp "Gasshuku" with Shihan (Master) Yaguchi should now have an understanding of his knowledge and where you stand in relation to your karate ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - New Knee Surgery

    New Knee Surgery

    Check out this video for a new revolutionary surgery for knees. CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Healthy Diet

    Japan’s Impressive Life Expectancy Linked to the Nation’s Healthy Diet
    The long life expectancy of the Japanese has been linked, not surprisingly, to the country’s healthy diet — one that is high in carbohydrates like rice and noodles, vegetables, fish and meat, and low in saturated fats and processed foods. A new, 15-year study of nearly 100,000 Japanese men and women between 45 and 75, all without histories of cancer, stroke, heart, or liver disease, found that the healthiest among these citizens were those who adhered to a healthy diet recommended by the Japanese government in 2005, outlined above. “Our findings suggest that balanced consumption of ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Meditation + Karate

    Meditation + Karate

    Meditation plus karate training equals happiness. Relieve anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, stress, fear of old age and death. Just Do It! ? OSSU - Chuck Coburn CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Priorities

    If you have more than a few priorities, they are no longer a priority.
    Great athletes narrow their focus. They are similar to an average person in a grocery store. Efficient shoppers create and focus on lists, otherwise, they unwittingly purchase unnecessary items.s you didn't plan on. Great leaders, successful business people and athletes have a common denominator. They focus precisely on what they want, then they do what is required to achieve it. Oss - Chuck Coburn CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Kids Karate in Mesa - Shotokan Karate of Arizona - Best Way To Bust A Bad Mood

    Best Way To Bust A Bad Mood

    Train in traditional Karate or any exercise. A survey of more than 300 Califorinans ranked exercise as the best way to break out of a bad mood. According to psychologist Robert Thayer, PH.D., a bad mood has two major components, feelings of tension and low energy. Exercise can boost your mood by relieving tension, raising energy and increasing optimism. Listening to music and seeking social interaction ranked second and third in the survey. CLICK HERE: To Go Back To Blog Page ....

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  • Management


    Chuck Coburn
    Chief instructor and owner brings invaluable teaching experience that very few can offer. He began his training in 1969 under JKA Master Shojiro Koyama. He also trained overseas in Japan and extensively under many of the world's most renown master instructors including Masters Nakayama, Nishiyama, Okazaki, Yaguchi, Koyama and others. Sensei Coburn currently holds the rank of 7th Dan and is a certified instructor, examiner and judge. He had an outstanding 25 year competition career. He has won numerous US events and has been on numerous USA teams in international competition. The first USA team he was on was in 1975 World Championships held at the LA sports arena. In ....

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