About Us

History of Karate-Do

The origins of karate-do go back to the sixth century when the Indian monk Daruma traveled to China, bringing with him an art that comprised both meditation and physical training.

This system was similar in many ways to yoga with its emphasis on breathing, proper posture and self-control, but it was far more dynamic physically. In addition it incorporated self-defense elements.

The philosophy and technique of karate-do continued to develop in Okinawa, Japan, as well as in China. “Karate techniques should be perfected and applied according to the basic principles of the Universe and Nature” wrote one karate master at the end of the 19th century.

In both the Orient and the Western world, authentic karate-do is a living art that follows these principles. The Toronto Academy of Karate, Fitness and Health is proud to continue this tradition and to be in the forefront of the modern development of the art.

“The ultimate goal of the art of karate-do is to attain inner peace and harmony with one’s environment.”

Our History

The Toronto Academy of Karate, Fitness and Health was founded in 1970 by world-renowned martial artist Dr. Burt Konzak. The Academy was an outgrowth of the popular University of Toronto karate program, to offer people in the general community the opportunity to learn authentic karate-do and physical fitness. Since then, the Academy has established an international reputation for it’s high standards of intelligent, disciplined and rigorous training.

Our classes are taught in the highest standards of safety and technical expertise, combining the ancient martial arts with modern scientific research. Our Training is truly unique, innovative, authentic, non-violent, intense, intellectually and physically stimulating.