dartmouth shotokan links page
while the internet allows instant access to a vast number of resources, including video-sharing websites like youtube, it is worth remembering that not all resources are created equal and there are a great number of myths and bad practices in karate and martial arts generally. the following are some links which we feel are a good starting point for people looking for further information. please feel free to suggest further links to be included.
the Japanese Karate Association, or JKA, may not be the last word in karate but it probably is the first. JKA instructors are known throughout the world for their high standard and their ability to inspire their students. the JKA website contains details about the organisaton but also a listing of JKA instructors throughout the world.
24 fighting chickens is written and maintained by rob redmond, who takes time to address all aspects of karate - including examining tricky issues and common misconceptions - in the forms of articles and podcasts. rob lived and trained in japan and brings a unique viewpoint to discussion of shotokan karate
the karate underground forum is a well-populated place to ask qestions and get opinions, from practitioners of different ages and backgrounds. it is an excellent source of karate knowledge and, occasionally, even wisdom.
while there are many karate equipment suppliers, dartmouth shotokan suggests juka as offering a range of good-quality products suitable for beginners upwards. standard weight karategis are generally quite affordable at around $30, though it is very easy to spend much more.
the world traditional karate organisation is an international organisation with its headquarters in new york. the wtko maintains high standards under the instruction of richard amos, and holds many popular seminars.