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WHAT IS SHORIN-RYU KARATE?

Shorin-Ryu Karate Dates back to about 500 AD,
Originally called Shaolin it is the forerunner for most
modern Martial Art Styles. Shorin-Ryu Karate is based on
pure Self-Defense. Being comprised of Simultaneous Blocking
and Hitting, Trapping and Striking, Taisabaki (Body Shifting),
Kicks, Take Downs and Throws, Tuite (Joint-Locking), as well
as Katame (Grappling) and Kyusho-Jutsu (Pressure Point Strikes)
and Kobudo (Weapons Training). Finish it all off with Tameshiwara
(Breaking Skills).   

WHY SHORIN-RYU KARATE?

Shorin-Ryu Karate Called  "The Ultimate in SELF-DEFENSE" Is a  well balanced self-defense system and do to its age and the fact that it is used to a certain extent by our American Military and  Special Purpose Combat Teams as well as Special Law Enforcement Groups. Proves its Validity and Quality. We also believe this means that it has in the past; and is still being tested today in  "real time" REAL Combat !

WHAT ABOUT KATA?

The original martial arts contained no formalized movements. This is a truth that no one wants to admit because nearly all modern martial arts use a pre-determined series as forms training. Bruce Lee would not accept this and instead broke with "tradition" and trained in a free-form manner. He did not know that the precedence was in his favor. In reality he had stumbled upon Jiyu Kata or Mukei (No form). For Bruce it just made since. Anyone who has been instructed in Mukei feels the same.

Set patterns for training did not occur in Japan until the above mentioned Edo period during the 17th century. In little Okinawa, Mukei was the sole method of training until 1902, when Yasutsune Itosu taught school children. He wanted a way to teach school-age kids without worrying how they would use what they had learned. Only being taught the movement and not the applications, they would not be able to use it to cause mischief and violence. When Karate was transferred to mainland Japan, it was this "institutional" version that went with Gichin Funakoshi.

The older version still exists here in America with the last people who have been taught the complete art of Gotente, the Motobu family's style of Bushi Te. We still teach Mukei, and we teach Yakusoku Kata. It is common for a student to have been trained by another teacher before coming to our system. This  may well be the last Okinawan native system to be instructed in the truly ancient manner.

In America this is one KARATE School that has chosen to continue the ancient tradition and teach Jiyu Kata. All Yudansha (black belts) practice Mukei with all Waza (techniques). This allows the practicioner to react in a spontaneous and natural manner.

WHO CAN LEARN SHORIN-RYU KARATE?

EVERYONE CAN!   However we recommend  Children start Shorin-Ryu around age thirteen as we do not award  Black Belts to anyone under  the age of eighteen.

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