Welcome to the Shotokan Karate Club of Hagerstown, where you will
find a friendly, pleasant, non-threatening atmosphere in which to learn the art and philosophy of Shotokan Karate. Students
develop poise, balance, discipline and self confidence while
exercising every major muscle group
in the body.
Shotokan Karate Club of Hagerstown operates under the auspices of the Washington County Recreation Department Shotokan Karate
Program. The primary mission of the club is to provide instruction and conduct periodic examinations which result in students
obtaining membership in the East Coast Shotokan Karate Association (ECSKA) and the International Shotokan Karate Federation
The ISKF is a worldwide organization with headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. It is a non profit organization with clubs in more
than 50 counties and has more than 75,000 members. The benefits of membership in the ISKF include instructions
and exams by certified instructors and a dedicated support system.
include three basic forms of training:
· Kihon (basics techniques)
· Kata (forms)
are available for students from eight years and above. Adults and children train separately, and classes are divided so that
beginners, intermediate and advanced students are placed in classes that are commensurate with their skill level.
Examinations are conducted on the last class of each session
for students below black belt and are administered by a certified ISKF instructor. Black belt exams are conducted by ISKF
Chief Instructor Teruyuki Okazaki at headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.