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MIT Shotokan Karate

MIT Shotokan Karate

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (MA), 02139, United States

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MO 17:00 – 19:00 SA closed
TU closed SU closed
WE 17:00 – 19:00
TH closed
FR 17:00 – 19:00
About The MIT Shotokan Karate Club is open to all MIT affiliates Practice is held weekly on M-W from 5-7pm in the DuPont Sqash Court ansd Fri 5-7pm T Club Lounge
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Description The MIT Shotokan club was founded in 1974 by Sensei Kazumi Tabata. It was the second club of his New England Collegiate Karate Conference - NECKC, a large network of Shotokan clubs across many New Englands colleges.
NECKC Members: MIT, Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, UMass Lowell, Northeastern University, UMass Bridgewater, UMass Dartmouth, Fitchburg State, South-Eastern Massachusetts University.



An 8th degree black belt, Master Tabata is the founder and head of the North American Karate-do Foundation - NAKF, in 1967, as well as of the New England Collegiate Karate Conference - NECKC, in 1968.

He is in direct line from the founder of the Shotokan style, Master Gichin Funakoshi. His teacher, Master Iso Obata, was one of Gichin Funakoshi's first students and the first chairman of the Japan Karate Association.

Master Tabata was sent from Japan to promote Karate in North America in late 60's. He has done so most effectively, building a large Karate organization in the North East. He was captain of the US Karate team for two decades, representing the US at many international tournaments. In addition, he was technical advisor to the US National Olympic Committee.

Now retired from these official functions, Master Tabata is currently putting finishing touches on his principal book on the Tabata path to Shotokan Karate, an analysis of the philosophical foundations and exercise of Shotokan. He is actively instructing the students from NAKF and NECKC. We are very fortunate to have Master Tabata teaching us every week here, at MIT.

He also published an instruction book on Karate and released, at the beginning of 2001, the first of a series of teaching movies, Ko Bo 1 - Combat Techniques. and a video of the kata requirements through Blue Belt.
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