We believe that, even in today's digitally and technologically-connected world, there's still many new lessons we can learn from doing things 'old school.' While the world moves between hybrid arts to pushing the limits of human endurance, we explore the values of training in the classical martial arts.
We seek perfection of character through strengthening our minds and our bodies. We study a martial path that leads us away from violence, not towards it. We understand that confidence and discipline means we do not need to show our strength. We know that, if we must defend ourselves in a fight, not losing is a better outcome than 'winning.'
Humility, perseverance and dedication - we are proud and committed students of classical karate and kobudo - Okinawa's indigenous martial arts.
- The dojo was founded in 2006 as a community program within the Clareview Community Centre. The centre offers an extensive training space of over 1500 sq. ft. There are change/washrooms available and adequate parking. All members must also hold a valid community association membership.
- The club offers quality, dynamic karate training at affordable prices. There are special rates for multiple family members training as well. The schedule offers separate classes for beginner youth (ages 7 and up), intermediate youth and adults. Uniforms are available for purchase at reasonable rates.
- The club utilizes a variety of traditional and non-traditional training tools as a means of supplementing traditional karate training. Aside from the training equipment, students also practice using Okinawan kobudo instruments/ weapons.
- The dojo is registered with the Ryusyokai hombu on Okinawa, Japan. Our instructor makes regular trips to the hombu for instruction. Kobudo students are members of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshnikan as well as its North American organization.Students attend the annual North American gasshuku. The instructor also trains regularly at the Tesshinkan Hombu.
- The Japanese word Kaizen can be translated as "constant improvement", or "change for the better"; it refers to a philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management. This same principle can be applied to karate training. The focus on the dojo is self-development and self-improvement. it is not simply the refining and mastery of one's techniques but also of oneself. Think of it as "karate as venue to becoming a better human being."
About Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do
Goju-ryu Karate Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流?), (Japanese for "hard-soft style") is considered one of the three main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Miyagi Chojun, the style's founder, decided on the name Gōjū based on a line from the poem Kenpo Hakku, which roughly means: "The eight laws of the fist." and describes the eight precepts of the martial arts. This poem was part of the Bubishi, a classical Chinese text on martial arts and medicine. The line in the poem reads: Ho wa Gōjū wo tondo su "the way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness," or "everything in the universe inhales soft and exhales hard."
Gōjū-ryū has 12 core kata in its standard curriculum: gekisai (dai ichi & dai ni), saifa, seiyunchin, seisan, saipai, shisochin, sanseiru, kururunfa, sanchin, tensho, and suparenpai. There are a number of training drills that are practised within goju-ryu including kihon undo (basic techniques), hojo undo (conditioning techniques, ude tanren (forearm training, kakie uke (pushing hand blocking) as well as futari geiko (two person drills) and bunkai (application training).
The Ryusyokai lineage draws from one of Miyagi Chojun's senior students, Yagi Meitoku. Yagi Sensei, founder of the Meibukan school of Gōjū, was one of the leading practitioners of Goju on the island. Yagi's most senior student, Senaha Shigetoshi, founded the Ryusyokai in 1999. The hombu (home) dojo in Tomigusuku, Okinawa is very active. The Ryusyokai has student representatives in Japan, Canada, the United States, Cuba, Australia, India, Czech Republic and throughout Eastern Europe.
Ryusyokai, like many Gōjū schools, does not teach or espouse free-fighting. This is not because of the fallacy that the techniques are too "dangerous;" rather, the practice is discouraged as it detracts from the proper goal and function of classical karate. Some instructors also believe that "jiyu kumte" can lead to bad training habits.
About Ryukyu Tesshinkan Kōbudō
Ryukyu kōbudō (沖縄古武道) is the indigenous weapons system of Okinawa. The history of the weapons arts were romanticized as peasant farmers using agricultural weapons. However, the actual history of the arts is more related to the upper and middle class than the lower classes of the island. Some weapons and kata have origins within different regions of the Ryukyu chain. Preservation of the old weapon arts was at times difficult, especially following the Second World War. One senior martial artist, Taira Shinken, helped preserve and disseminate the weapons arts on the island. Taira taught these weapons and their kata to many senior karate instructors and their students - among them Yagi Meitoku and Senaha Shigetoshi.
One of Taira's senior students was Akamine Eisuke. Akaimine, himself an established instructor of Yamane bojutsu before beginning the study of kobudo with Taira, was to succeed as the head of the Ryukyu Kobudo school after Taira's death in 1970. Like Taira, Akamine emphasized the practice of kobudo waza (techniques) as a supplement to learning the kata in the belief that understanding the kihon (basics) would help in the proper practice and execution of kata.
Tamayose Hidemi, one of Akamine's main students, chose to honour his teacher and his practice by forming the Tesshinkan following Akamine's death in 1999. Sensei continues to teach eight of the original weapons within the Ryukyu Kobudo system. Aside from the hombu dojo in Nanjo,Okinawa, the Tesshinkan has member dojo in Canada, the United States, Germany, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic and Eastern Europe.