Karate

Karate as a sport

Originating from an unarmed martial art on the island of Okinawa (Japan), karate is today both a self-defense and a sport. The majority of karate practitioners focus on the more traditional form of karate, self-defense.

Techniques practiced in karate include e.g. various punches, kicks, fights, controls and falls. In addition to fighting, the sport plays an important role in developing both physical and mental fitness, making karate a truly comprehensive form of exercise.

Gijomon-kai

Our karate style is called Gijomon-kai, it focuses on on self-defense and develops the practitioner’s overall fitness level rises. The style was founded in 1977 by Yoshiji Kaku. In Finland, Kim Isaksson started teaching Gijomon-kai in 1994. Gijomon can be translated into English as “duty first” or “destiny is to act towards one’s duty”.

In our style, there are seven unarmed kata modified from Shorinji ryu: Kenshi ho, Wanshu, Ananku, Seisan, Chinto, Gojushiho and Bassai Dai.

Karate training times

Karate colored belts

Monday 17:00-18:00
(Martial Arts Center, smaller side)

Friday 18:00-19:15
(Martial Arts Center, bigger side)

Karate basic course

Wednesday 17:00-18:00
(Martial Arts Center, smaller side)

Friday 17:00-18:00
(Martial Arts Center, smaller side)

Karate coaches

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Tomi Niemi

Ylempien vöiden valmentaja

(1-tason junioriohjaaja)

2. dan black belt
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Roope Korpela

Ylempien vöiden valmentaja

2. dan black belt
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Num Syrjälä

Peruskurssin valmentaja

(1-tason junioriohjaaja)

1. dan black belt

Information for karate practitioners

Gijomon-kai karate practitioners belong to the All Japan Gijomonkai Karate-jutsu organization and, since 1998, also to the Finnish Karate Association.

Up-to-date information on karate licenses and insurances can be found on the Finnish Karate Association’s website under licenses and insurances

Kokkola Budo uses Suomisport, where practitioners can buy licenses and insurance.