"Nothing is more harmful to the world than a martial art that is not effective in actual self-defense." ~ Motobu Choki

Karate was always intended to be a practical method of self-defense. Here at Buda Shotokan Karate, we strive to bring karate back to its intended purpose with an open approach and effective techniques.

The hardest part of Karate is taking the first step into the Dojo.


Karate has always been a complete method of martial arts involving punches, kicks, grapping and throwing.  At Buda Shotokan Karate, we also include de-escalation techniques, discussions about social media, and general awareness.  Being able to defend yourself is helpful, but it should always be used as a last resort when violence is the only option.  It is also important to be aware of your surroundings and ways to keep from having to get into a violent conflict to begin with.

Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing.  --Niju-kun, Gichin Funakoshi

Buda Shotokan Karate

Mind and Body

"True karate is this: that in daily life one’s mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.” — Gichin Funakoshi

Practicing Karate strengthens the mind and body and helps you in all areas of life.  It improves posture, strengthens the whole body, and improves stamina.  It helps to improve coordination and strength of will.  Karate also promotes respect, humility, honor and self-control.