Shotokan Tradition

Shotokan Karate is a strong traditional form of Karate and the most widely practiced style of Karate in the world.  At WLAK we honor that tradition in our training. We practice traditional Shotokan Karate with emphasis on form and practicality of Karate as a self defense system.

Strength and Flexibility

Training provides physical exercise, builds endurance, enhances flexibility and fosters mental discipline and courage in the face of adversity by emphasizing core body strength and movement, hip rotation, rapid limb expansion and sharp physical focus. The result over time and with proper training is concussive, powerful technique, sufficient to defend oneself against physical attack.

Self Defense

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Shotokan karate is a very effective self defense system. West LA Karate teaches the practical side of karate and how one would use powerful blocks, punches, strikes and kicks to defend oneself in virtually any self defense situation.

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West LA Karate

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At West Los Angeles Karate School we are dedicated to teaching traditional Japanese style Shotokan Karate-Do. We have operated for 46 years founded in 1972 by George Takahashi. The school's instructors all have  30 - almost 50 years of martial arts experience. They are all volunteers who share teaching duties while continuing to train themselves.

Classes emphasize core body movement, hip rotation, rapid limb expansion and sharp physical focus.  Beginner and advanced students are welcome.

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants ”

Gichin Funakoshi


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