Tora Institute

TORA Institute is a “Body & Mind Fitness Studio” with a focus on Shotokan Karate and Kata-robics. We offers classes for all sizes and shapes, men, women and children.

TORA in Japanese means TIGER, and in Japanese history the tiger was the emblem of the great aristocratic warriors famously known as the samurai. The tiger represents the virtue of courage. It also means revision, improvement, change, and the zen good. Read below to learn more about Shotokan Karate.



Karate is a martial art (method of combat), which employs a variety of physical techniques, including punches, kicks, blocks, and strikes. Karate puts an emphasis on the acquisition of spiritual insight and development. In traditional Karate-Do, it is always kept in mind that the true opponent is one’s self and that the ultimate goals are to seek perfection of one’s character and to touch the lives of others in a positive way.


Shotokan karate was developed by Gichin Funakoshi in Okinawa and later brought to mainland Japan. Funakoshi had trained in both of the popular styles of Okinawan karate of the time: Shorei-ryu (hard style) and Shorin-ryu (fluid style). After years of intense study of both styles, Master Funakoshi arrived at a new understanding of martial arts, and a simpler style was created, that combined the ideals of Shorei and Shorin.

Shotokan got its name from Shōtō, Funakoshi’s pen name, which means “pine waves”, and kan, which means “house”. Hence, shōtō-kan was the name of the hall where he trained his students.


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