Adult Karate

This class will empower you with the tools that you need.  It’s family-like atmosphere and methodical training style is a high energy and fun way to get into shape.  So no matter what your level of expertise-beginner or expert, ECMA is the Emerald Coast’s best choice!
“Exercise with a purpose!” 

Shotokan is an aggressive self-defense art that incorporates:

  • Kicking

  • Blocking

  • Striking

  • Joint manipulations

  • Throws & take downs

  • Body conditioning

  • Life enrichment & personal growth

  • Character development

It is linear on offense and circular in defensive.  We tailor the art to your needs and work with any challenges you many have whether physical or emotional.  We apply the character attributes of the art to our practice and develop the student on their martial arts journey. Grand Master Cayer has 44 years of training and welcome you!
Shotokan (松濤館流, Shōtōkan-ryū) is a school of karate, that is practiced by members of the Academy and is developed from various older okinawan martial arts forms by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Yoshitaka Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin Funakoshi is widely recognized as having brought karate from Okinawa to mainland Japan.

Shotokan is one of the five major traditional Japanese karate styles,and it began as a unified karate school that developed into the Japan Karate Association.  Shotokan now exists as several independent organizations.
Shoto (松濤, Shōtō), meaning “pine waves”, was Funakoshi’s, an accomplished poet, pen-name, which he used in his poetic and philosophical writings and messages to his students. The Japanese kan (館, kan) means “house” or “hall”. In honor of their sensei, Funakoshi’s students created a sign reading shōtō-kan which was placed above the entrance of the hall where Funakoshi taught. Gichin Funakoshi never gave his style a name, just calling it “karate”.