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Nassau County Police Activity League - Massapequa Unit

About the Program

We accept new students, boys and girls, ages 7 to 18.

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese (Okinawan) style.  Classes focus on three main areas of training: Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting).  The style emphasizes linear, efficient body movements and correct form for producing maximum speed and power.  Shotokan is a defensive style, both physically and mentally.  Training in Shotokan develops character, builds a strong understanding of self-defense, and conditions the body.  The hands and feet are used equally in the techniques of this style.  The principles learned in class help students to become respectful and self-confident leaders in their communities.
Because Shotokan is a traditional style, students should wear white gis (uniforms) and their belt.  If students have uniforms from other schools, they may be permitted to wear them to class but should discuss this with their instructor.  They will be required to dress in a traditional white karate gi when they take a formal karate test.  Classes run for 90 minutes.  The class usually will have a few minutes after arriving at the class to warm up.  Stretches and warm-ups are part of each class, as well.  Most classes will then go on to Kihon (basics) and then the lesson for the day.  Students will need to wear protective gear for certain activities.  Boys should wear groin cups, and boys and girls should have mouthpieces and shin-instep pads for fighting.  Head-gear and gloves will be provided for use as needed.

The Shotokan Karate Program has been running in Massapequa for over 35 years.

Many of our instructors have long tenures in this program because of the family-oriented nature of the program.

Shotokan Karate-Do is a traditional martial art.  The suffix, "Do," means "way," and the training and experience of studying karate in this program includes philosophies, history, mentality, and character-building in addition to the physical training of stretching, conditioning, combative tactics, and forms that comprise the art.  We deeply appreciate the opportunity that teaching for the PAL has given us to share our art with so many young people.  We value the integrity of our program and are able to maintain it because we do not have to run our "Dojo" as a business.