The style of karate taught is Meibukan (明武舘) which is a version of goju-ryu karate and was created by Sensei Meitoku Yagi (born in 1912). Yagi was a student of Goju-ryu's founder, Chojun Miyagi (and arguably his most sentior student.) Meibukan, translates as a name to"House of the pure-minded warrior." Meibukai practice Goju-ryu kata, as well as its own set of kata developed by Dai Sensei.
Karate is an ancient discipline designed to teach it's followers not only how to defend themselves, but also how to improve your character and increase your awareness of the world around you.
Many people take Karate for different reasons. Some people are interested in increasing their personal ability, others are interested in self defense, while others are interested in an exciting way to get fit and to stay in shape. Karate offers all of this, plus more. Often, new Karate students begin their training with only basic expectations, and are shocked to find out just how far reaching the benefits of the martial arts can be. Like any worthwhile activity, the more you put into your training, the more you will get out of it.
Contrary to popular belief, Karate is not a fighting sport. In fact, it is an art of self defense. The objective of Karate is not to learn how to fight, but to learn how not to fight. In the event of a fight, the objective is not to learn how to win, but to learn how not to lose. As the master Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi said:
"Do not put your main purpose in mastering Karate technique itself. You should study the way of life through Karate. This is our goal."
A number of appropriate conditioning exercises are an integral part of the training. This style of karate emphasizes kata (traditional forms) in which the students learn to combine blocking and offensive techniques. Additional training involves circle, line and floor exercises as well as self-defense tactics.
Whether you are a person seeking a new way to increase your fitness level, or a skilled athlete looking for a new challenge, men and women from all backgrounds are invited to accept the rigorous training of Shorin-Ryu Karate.
Rank is awarded based on ability, in the true tradition of the martial arts with only white, green, brown and black belt ranking.
This is a cardiovascular class, which will provide a challenge as you learn to fight. For serious students who wish to train year round in a respectful, safe, yet intense manner.