The meaning of Karate Jutsu is: kara = empty, te = hand. Therefore karate is an empty or weaponless hand.
‘Jutsu’ can be translated to mean ‘art’ or ‘technique’ and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.
As the adult students progress the system develops with more sophisticated techniques. This requires more time spent on training. However, the reward is an extremely efficient fighting or self defence system.
Adults are taught the vital striking points, locks, chokes, and throws. All of these techniques are preserved in our kata (set forms) and therefore a part of each lesson is devoted to understanding and practising the application of Shotokan kata.