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"“The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants.”

[Gichin Funakoshi Founder of Shotokan Karate]

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Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672

Rules of Conduct

The regulations prescribed by the A.J.K.A.I are to be carefully followed. These rules have been handed down from ancient times and are continued as part of the Karate-do. The following rules of etiquette are observed whenever Karate is taught.

  • Whenever entering or leaving the dojo, stand in the doorway, face the front, bow and say “oss”.
  • Remove shoes upon entering the dojo. Shoes are NEVER worn on the training floor. Shoes will be neatly placed on the shelf, not scattered about on the floor.
  • Late arrivals should make themselves known to the Instructor by kneeling at the side of the Dojo floor, where the student must wait for permission to join the class.
  • When sitting, always sit cross-legged or in seiza position. (If you have a knee problem, please speak to the Sempai.)
  • While a class is in session, karate-ka should not lean against the wall or lie down on the mats. Rather, they should conduct themselves in a more acceptable manner paying strict attention to the instructions being given or the class being taught.
  • The Karate student must show courtesy and respect to all instructors and fellow students.
  • Always address the instructors by their proper title, Sensei or Sempai (senior student), inside the dojo. THIS INCLUDES PARENTS AND ADULTS.
  • Acknowledge the Sensei or Sempai with a loud “Oss” when they speak to you or say “Hai (yes) Sensei” or “Hai Sempai”. Always acknowledge criticism given by the instructor or any other person.
  • Be on time so you will not interrupt classes or instructors by being late. It is proper to ask the instructor for permission to practice when arriving late for class, or if you need to leave early.
  • Every time you get a new partner for any exercise, bow. Every time you’re about to switch partners, bow to your old partner before moving on to the next. This is a mark of respect to each other and acknowledges your partner.
  • Treat your partner courteously and with proper etiquette. Always challenge your partner to a degree that is beneficial to his/her learning.
  • Junior students must look to seniors for guidance and treat them with respect.
  • Senior belts must set an example for the junior belts. You must lead junior belts by example.
  • Talking back to the instructor or senior in a condescending manner is strictly forbidden, whether you think that you are right or wrong the only acceptable answer is OSS. One must be willing to obey the rules and learn self-discipline.
  • Your GI (uniform) must be NEAT and WASHED CLEAN at all times. Cleanliness will eliminate the possibility of offending others and a clean mind is a necessity for dedicating yourself to your training. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only air-dried. It symbolizes the spirit of your effort.
  • When adjusting your GI or re-tying your belt it is proper etiquette to turn away from the front (shomen) and away from your partner. (It is improper behavior to dress or adjust your GI while facing someone.)
  • Toenails and fingernails are to be kept short to prevent injury. Long hair is to be tied back during training.
  • Makeup and jewelry are not to be worn during training sessions.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • Dojo fees must always be paid on time. This is also Karate; it is disrespectful to expect an instructor or club secretary to remind you of such matters.

Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672


  The classes will run throughout the year and will be closed for the month of Ramadan.

  The class timings are:
   • Saturday’s 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
   • Monday’s 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Fee Structure

   • Registration & Uniform per student $ 50
   • 3 Months fees 1st student $ 200
   • 3 Months fees 2 students from same family $ 360
   • 3 Months fees 3 students from same family $ 510
   • 3 Months fees 4 students from same family $ 680

Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672

Sensei Javed Khan

Sensei Javed Khan is a 3rd degree black belt and has been studying the art of Shotokan karate for the past 30yrs. He was 12yrs old when he started training and ever since then has been an avid karateka. He has trained under numerous instructors from Japan to name a few it includes Sensei Soichi Sasaki, Sensei Tanaka. Sensei Javed Khan hails from Mumbai India and his teacher from India is Sensei Anil Garodia (6 dan Black Belt). Currently is affiliated to AJKAI and trains under Sensei Rob DeAngelis (7 dan black belt). The home dojo of East coast AJKAI is located in Solesbury, PA..

Sensei Javed Khan migrated to the United states in 1999, ever since then he has been teaching the community kids. He has had over 20 black belts graduate under his guidance and teaching, of which two has been girls one of which is currently pursuing her Nee Dan (2nd Degree black belt).

Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672

Progression Of Belts

Progression of belts based on regular attendance (may vary from student to student):

White belt: ~ 3 months from start date

Yellow Belt: ~ 6 months from start date

Orange Belt: ~ 9 months from start date

Green Belt: ~ 12 months from start date

Blue Belt: ~ 18 months from start date

Purple Belt: ~ 24 months from start date

Brown III: ~ 28 months from start date

Brown II: ~ 40 months from start date

Brown I: ~ 52 months from start date

Shodan (Black Belt): ~ 64 months from start date

Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672

Introduction To Shotokan Karate

Benefits of Shotokan Karate:

  • Builds self-esteem
  • Enhances flexibility
  • Improves coordination & balance
  • Maximizes cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Promotes discipline
  • Teaches self defense

What is Shotokan Karate?

Karate means “empty (Kara) hand(tae)”, and Karate-do translates to “the way of Karate”. Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art that is founded on the basic techniques of punching, striking, kicking and blocking, yet there is a deeper aspect to serious Karate training which deals with character development. Shotokan Karate is a way for an individual to realize greater potential and expand the limits of that individual’s physical and mental capabilities. Karate in an excellent, time proven method of personal development. Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Shotokan Karate remains firmly rooted in a strong martial arts tradition, emphasizing lifetime training for a healthy mind and body, rather than strictly as a sport.


Shotokan (松濤館 Shōtōkan?) is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing “ karate do” through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs, including those at Keio, Waseda, Hitotsubashi (Shodai), Takushoku, Chuo, Gakushuin, and Hosei.

Funakoshi had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos, who continued to teach karate after his death in 1957. However, internal disagreements (in particular the notion that competition is contrary to the essence of karate) led to the creation of different organizations— including an initial split between the Japan Karate Association (headed by Masatoshi Nakayama) and the Shotokai (headed by Motonobu Hironishi and Shigeru Egami), followed by many others—so that today there is no single “Shotokan school”, although they all bear Funakoshi’s influence.

As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.

Shotokan was the name of the first official dojo built by Gichin Funakoshi, Shoto (松濤 Shōtō?), meaning “pine-waves” (the movement of pine needles when the wind blows through them), was Funakoshi’s pen-name, which he used in his poetic and philosophical writings and messages to his students. The Japanese kan (館 kan?) means “house” or “hall”. In honor of their sensei, Funakoshi’s students created a sign reading shōtō-kan, which they placed above the entrance of the hall where Funakoshi taught. Gichin Funakoshi never gave his system a name, just calling it karate.

Shotokan training is usually divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterized by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style that incorporates grappling, throwing and some standing joint locking jiu-jitsu-like techniques, which can be found even in basic kata. Kumite (fighting) techniques are practiced in the kihon and kata and developed from basic to advanced levels with an opponent.

Who can benefit from Shotokan Karate?

You! Even if you feel you are overweight, uncoordinated, inflexible, or lacking self-confidence or selfdiscipline, you may have the most to gain by training. Of course results should not be expected overnight, but if you train on a regular basis and stay with it, you will begin to see improvement. Nothing of real value is ever obtained with ease. All kinds of people benefit from Karate training. Men, women and children can be found at our dojo.

Dojo Kun

This means “ethics of the dojo”. The dojo is training center for Shotokan Karate.

  • Character
  • Sincerity
  • Effort
  • Self-Control
  • Courtesy

Contact Br. Javed Khan for registration (732) 322-7672

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