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Philosophy


The Ultimate aim in Karate-do Lies not in Victory nor Defeat but in the total perfection of its participants. 

-  Funakoshi-Gichin the founder of Shotokan

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Philosophy


The Ultimate aim in Karate-do Lies not in Victory nor Defeat but in the total perfection of its participants. 

-  Funakoshi-Gichin the founder of Shotokan

PHILOSOPHY

Zanshin -  Japanese for “Strong Finish.”

What does it mean to have a strong finish or finish strong?

  • To finish with as much energy, drive, and passion for God and service as we start with.

  • To not give up on the task and path that God has lain before us.
  • To know right from wrong and make hard decisions when they arise
  • To see the truth and rely on God’s word even when it is hard to see or difficult to follow.

Today, too many children, as well as men and women, are not finishing strong in education, marriage, work or Faith. God’s word calls us finish strong.

       This is what the Lord of heaven’s armies says: Be strong and finish the task! 

- Zachariah 8:9

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History


History


History

Zanshin Shotokan was established by Sensei Rocky Whatule. Rocky is a national, international and world champion with over 24 years of experience and more importantly than a titleholder, he is a disciple of Christ with a passion for winning souls. Sensei Whatule merged physical training of this ancient art with the Word of God and its teachings. Sensei Whatule received his direct training, discipline and certification from Master Bill Viola II at the Allegheny Shotokan Karate Club in North Huntingdon, PA. Allegheny Shotokan is internationally renowned. The school’s rich tradition of Shotokan Karate originates back to Okinawa in the early 1900’s. 

 

Master Funakoshi-Gichin, the founder of Shotokan, was the Master who hadthe greatest significant influence in the development of Karate as we know it. Master Funakoshi is recognized today as the Father of Modern Karate. He is also revered as an outstanding human being who always stressed karate as a total way of life; the true meaning of Karate -do. Master Funakoshi rose to such a level that he was initiated into all the major methods of karate. Funakoshi was the first to write a complete book about Karate entitled Karate-do Kyohan.

 

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SENSEI ROCKY WHatule


SENSEI ROCKY WHatule


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Sensei Rocky has been studying in the Martial Arts for the last 28 years.He continues to train and get his ranking from Master Bill Viola II at the Allegheny Shotokan Karate Club in North Huntingdon, PA. In 1997 he held the responsibilities of teaching and running the kindergarten curriculum at Allegheny Shotokan Karate School.  Outside of the Dojo Since 1991 he has held State, National, and International titles in NBL, SKI, NASKA, USAKF, and the PKRA; In Kata, Kumite, Weapons, Self-defense and Team divisions. He has also served as Judge, Referee, and Coach at these levels as well. He was a member of "Team Yakuza" of ASKC that was Ranked #1 in the US and #3 in the World at the Schwarzenegger Classic Tournament in 1998. He has served as Tournament Coordinator and Entertainment Director of the Kumite Classic and Pittsburgh Fitness expo.  He is currently a member as well as west coast coach of "Team Kumite". 

Outside of the Dojo, he has been a professional comedian for the last 18 years. And currently shares his testimony on the Comedy stage. Although he came to know the Lord over 35 years ago, in November of 2011, he completely surrendered his life, career, and talents over to God. Now his comedy is completely clean and he serves as a youth leader at the Sanctuary Church in Santa Clarita.  

When he is not in the Dojo, on stage, or serving at church, he is at home with his wife Heidi and his three boys Remington Isaac, Sterling Isaiah And Daxton Isreal. Sensei Rocky believes a family that kicks together sticks together and because of that his favorite Bible verse is

 … as for me and my family we will serve the Lord.” 

 - Joshua 24:15