Here at the Eastern Maine School of Self-Defense, we study Shotokan Karate-do.

Shotokan is a style of karate developed by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Shotokan is not considered an ancient martial art because of its relative age in comparison to other empty-hand styles, such as Goju and Shorin-ryu. Shotokan is still very much considered a traditional martial art. Some people would even describe it as a hybrid. Shotokan is one of the most popular styles of karate taught in the world and is known for it's dynamic and powerful yet graceful techniques.

Here at the Eastern Maine School of Self-Defense we teach our students the importance of discipline and respect in relation to everything they do. Although our students learn how to defend themselves, this is only part of learning a traditional martial art. Gichin Funakoshi once said "Karate-do is a life long pursuit." Understandably, someone without knowledge of the martial arts could take this statement and ms-interpret it. Karate-do means, 'the way of the empty hand' or 'empty hand way'. Karate-do doesn't mean fight. In quite the opposite karate teaches its students the 'WAY' or 'the PATH' to being both mentally and physically whole. Students learn, it takes humility, respect, commitment and discipline to study this art. Funakoshi also said “ There is no first attack in karate-do” Knowing these statements to be true, students at the EMSSD study this art with humility, honest effort and a true dedication to the 'WAY' inside and outside of the Dojo.