An Okinawan Historical Tradition
Karate (“the art of empty hand fighting”) is part of a more than 500 years old cultural tradition—a gift to the World from the island of Okinawa, Japan. Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te are the three major historical branches of Okinawa Karate.
The distinctive physical characteristics of Okinawa Shorinryu Karate include:
Relaxed, natural breathing.
Controlled movements with concentrated force flowing from inside to outside.
Training of the legs and arms to develop the strength necessary to stop an opponents attack.
At the heart of traditional Okinawa Karate are the principles of peace, harmony and respect for others. We actively promote the concepts of friendship, cooperation and learning among students. One of the goals of training is the perfection of character. Learning self control is of the utmost importance in learning self defense. The students must learn to work effectively with a variety of partners to advance in their studies. This requires a mutual attitude of cooperation and partnership.
Benefits of Karate Training
Regular karate practice offers many healthful benefits including increased:
· Focus, mental concentration and energy
· Ability to handle stress
· Strength, balance, flexibility and coordination
· Patience and Self Confidence
In Okinawa, karate training has been historically known for promoting health. Many long term practitioners have enjoyed great longevity.
What we study
Okinawa Karate teaches self defense through the practice of the following areas:
· KATA—individually performed sequences that combine a variety of blocking, kicking and punching techniques.
· KUMITE—two person exercises for practicing and applying basic blocking, punching and kicking movements as well as prearranged, controlled sparring drills that includes a variety of techniques.
· BUNKAI—applications of the kata forms practiced in pairs or in a group of people.
Progressively more complex kata, kumite and bunkai are taught as students advances through the belt levels. Each training session includes warm ups, stretching and conditioning.
Traditional Okinawa Kobudo (weaponry) training is also offered. This type of training is reserved for students who have reached the intermediate level and above.
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