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43-930 San Pablo Ave.

Palm Desert, CA 92260


(760) 595-6737


Welcome to Force 1 Shotokan

"Home of Champions"


Learn from a proven Martial Arts Champion! Transform your dreams into reality! It is not by accident that our students excel.



The mission of Force 1 Shotokan is to build a community of people striving to develop a strong body and a healthy mind. Our program teaches effective self-defense in a fun and encouraging environment while instilling the life skills and character of a true martial artist.

Values such as integrity, patience, self control and respect enable our students to achieve a positive attitude, confidence, high self esteem and a healthy spirit. These values and life skills will lead to outstanding improvements in academics, careers, physical fitness, mental health and relationships.


Though the art and techniques are traditional, the teaching method has been modernized with fast paced background music and positive personal reinforcement. The atmosphere in the dojo is warm but serious; "We will have fun, and learn more doing it." When people enter the dojo, they get a feeling this is a serious but positive place.


It is not about training hard, it is about the quality of training. Force 1 Shotokan Karate is one of a very small number of Karate schools in the valley to have coached and trained students to become consistent winners.


We invite you to join the

"Home of Champions"


Our philosophy is defined by the Dojo’s Code of the Cobra.


Shotokan Karate is one of the most popular of the modern styles. It is the most powerful and dynamic of the Japanese systems.


Shotokan Karate is known for its powerful and effective techniques. Our viewpoint is quality over quantity. Though we tend to have a smaller number of techniques than other martial arts styles, our focus is the perfection of our techniques. The emphasis is on mastering a few applications through repetition of fundamentals as opposed to superficial knowledge of many.


The Shotokan core focuses in doing what works, not what looks pretty. The jumping and spinning of other flashier styles looks great in the movies but is not effective self defense. Repetition becomes reflex. We do large movements many times so that they become automatic. Only after achieving technical perfection are speed and power applied.


Training is comprised of the three big Ks of Karate:


Kihon: (Basics) Karate is built upon a strong foundation of basic moves that include specific stances, punches, blocks and kicks. Proper body alignment and movement are emphasized, as are concentration and focus. During the practice of basics, students learn stability, balance, proper technique, and the principles of body contraction and relaxation. Basics are practiced during every training session by every level of karateka (karate student).


Kata: (Forms) Ancient formal solo practice much like shadow boxing. The formal movements of karate are its very essence. They are sequences of movements which simulate attacks and defenses against a number of imaginary enemies. Katas contain all the basic techniques and stances, which are necessary to attain rhythm and coordination. Each kata begins with a block to emphasize the use of karate strictly for self-defense.  


Kumite: (Sparring) Not fighting, simply working with a partner. They can be roughly divided into two types: those which emphasize muscle strengthening and body building, and those that concentrate more on speed training and the development of lighting fast reflexes.


According to Master Funakoshi, kumite is "a form used to apply the offensive and defensive techniques practiced in the kata under more realistic condition in which, by prearrangement between the participants, one applies offensive and the other defensive techniques." In other words, where the practice of kata assumes an imaginary opponent, kumite is practiced with another Karateka in alternating roles of defender and aggressor.


Kumite allows the practical application of the moves found in the kata. Contact is not allowed to the face and there may only be light contact to the body. During kumite, students learn proper distancing, timing, body-shifting and focus. Kumite always begins and ends with sparring partners bowing to each other as an indication of respect for each other. Jiyu Kumite is free sparring, which is sparring engaged in without prearrangement. It is practiced by higher belts and is a form of training that is developed through the practice of step sparring (prearranged sparring).


Here in the beautiful desert oasis of Palm Desert, California; Force 1 Shotokan Karate instructs in traditional Japanese Karate at its finest to Martial Artists from the age of five and up. The dojo is spacious offering a great setting for students to practice their art. In addition to the obvious physical techniques, we teach proper Karate etiquette and philosophy.


Our dojo is headed by Sensei Maxwell Palau and assisted by his brother, Sempai Dax Palau. We are a highly competitive school and attend both traditional and open tournaments. The dojo is surrounded by parks, baseball fields and trails giving us the opportunity to train outside and run the local trails. Training here is an enjoyable experience for all.


Our open enrollment policy allows for students to begin their training at any time.




(760) 595-6737



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