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Shotokan Karatedo


The Instructor

Paul Marren began his karate training nearly thirty-five years ago as a student of Sensei Shojiro Sugiyama, Shihan, the founder of Japan Karate Association of Chicago. Sensei Marren holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt). He teaches Shotokan in the traditional style augmented by many of the innovative teaching techniques pioneered by Sensei Sugiyama. Sensei Marren continues his training under Chief Instructor Michael Arab, Shihan, JKA Chicago.

Instruction at JKA Wisconsin follows the philosophy of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, the founder of Shotokan Karate, who stated, "The ultimate goal of karate does not lie in victory but in the perfection of the character of the participants."

Shotokan Karate is a martial art greatly suited to the development of character through the training of the mind, body and spirit. Because of this training, and the experience of going through such training, the karateka (practitioner of karate) can surmount any obstacle, physical or mental, tangible or intangible.