While learning and practicing the physical techniques of Shotokan karate is critical to every student, it is also important to learn and understand the history, culture, etiquette, and philosophy that goes along with them to help put those physical skills into context. The club writes and curates articles that we feel help students to learn and understand these social and intellectual aspects of Shotokan. They are loosely categorized into appropriate belt levels, but students shouldn’t feel restricted to reading only the articles for their current rank. If so inclined, please read as much as you want. Also, students are encouraged to not just passively read, but to also actively think about the content, research the opinions of other authors, discuss the topics with fellow students, ask questions of their instructors, and perhaps publish their own thoughts on these matters. This active engagement is when real learning will happen; the reading is just the start.