About the Club

Lac du Bonnet Karate Club

The Lac du Bonnet Karate Club was established in January, 2004. Whether you are interested in karate for fun, self-defence, exercise, or competition, we have opportunities for you! We have students of all age and ability levels. We have a reputation in Manitoba for being strong athletes, good sports, and fun to train and compete with!


The Lac du Bonnet Karate Club is a proud member of the World Traditional Karate Organization (WTKO). We are a shotokan karate club running classes from September until June.

Shotokan Karate

Our style of karate is called shotokan karate. It was started by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868 – 1957) who brought karate from Okinawa to Japan and who is considered to be the father of modern karate. Shotokan karate is the most widely practiced karate style.

What is Karate?

Karate is certainly a method of self-defence, but the focus of this sport is primarily on health, self-confidence, and perfection of character.

“The ultimate aim of karate-do lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” – Master Gichin Funakoshi

Karate has three basic components: kihon (basics like blocking, punching, and kicking), kata (a pre-arranged series of movements), and kumite (sparring). Beginning students spend most of their time learning kihon and kata.