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The Illinois Shotokan Karate Club supports competition and provides opportunities to compete at all levels, from the local tournaments through world championships.
At Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs, we believe that the value of competition is not in the medals, but rather in the preparation for the event and the athlete doing their very best in competition. Participants learn important skills through competition including:
- Goal setting
- How to control of emotions when under pressure
- How to handle winning and losing
- How to assess their performance
Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs host 4 major tournaments each year:
- Jennifer Malloy Tournament
- Chicago Classic Tournament
- Illinois State Qualifying Tournament
- American Shotokan Karate Association National Championships
These tournaments bring athletes from dojos across the country and the world to compete in the Chicago land area. These tournaments provide an outstanding opportunity to compete at high level without the expense of travel.
Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs sends athletes to events across the United States . We actively participate in the Traditional Karate Circuit and the USA National Karate-do Federation events. We are proud to say that in 2016 we had nearly 200 athletes and coaches qualify and attend the USA National Karate-do Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These athletes took home over 163 medals.
Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs have several members on the United States Junior and Senior teams. These athletes represent the United States at events like the Jr and Sr Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) Championships and Jr and Sr World Karate Federation (WKF) Championships.
*All ISKC students wishing to compete in any non ISKC tournaments needs to call the office (847.359.0666) and get permission from their instructor.