Shotokan Karate

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Shōtōkan-Ryū (Japanese for „School of the house of pine-waves”) is one of the five most common schools of Karate. Training usually builds on a combination of the fundamentals (“kihon”), forms (“Kata”) and sparring (“kumite”). Kata, a typical component of traditional Japanese martial arts, comprises of choreographed patterns of movement and allows you to focus your mind completely on your body. The movement patterns, which, as well as improving health and fitness, are useful in fights, and the associated body awareness are taught and consolidated in the long term. Primarily, the training aims to teach basic movement principles, which form the foundations for Karate techniques, like chops, kicks, throws and grapples, useful for self-defense and competition or simply gaining a healthy body. We offer courses with instructed trainings and successively building content in the Levels 1 to 3, as well as the possibility to take part independently, open training. Additionally, we periodically high-ranked Karateka for unique weekend seminars.


Dates, Prices and Booking



Olrik Heuser






Svenja Bollmann

Sportwissenschaftlerin M.Sc.



Rules of Conduct Corona Interim Program

Compliance with the Corona Rules of Conduct is compulsory for all participants of the interim program.

Sports Facility

All-weather Pitch, Königshügel, Mies-van-der-Rohe Str. 3, 52074 Aachen

Target Group and Requirements

This training is aimed at all those who wish to learn Karate as a martial art and have no prior experience. Those who have previously practiced a different martial art or simply taken a longer break from training should also join this course level. As the taught movement principles are independent of age and gender, one’s training condition is only of minor importance.

Content and Goals

Training begins and ends with a short meditation. This is followed by a warm-up and preparatory exercises, including joint mobilization, muscle activation and awareness exercises. After that, movement patterns like hit and kick techniques as well as Kata forms will be taught.


Due to the current circumstances the HSZ is unable to provide any equipment. Standard sportswear is sufficient.

Course Cancellations and Facility Closures

Due to the special circumstances of the outdoor interim program, we will inform you of short-notice course cancellations and facilities closures, especially weather-related ones, affecting this course by email.