|Rei - bowing to one another - an important part|
of karate practice.
|Soke Hausel demonstrates the art of rock breaking at the University |
of Wyoming prior to teaching UW students how to break rock with their
|Soke and Sensei Donette Gillespie |
demonstrate Juko-Ryu Kijutsu
at University of Wyoming basketball
|Kyoshi Ngo from Vietnam |
displays Hall of Fame award
Most traditional dojo follow a prescribed pattern of shomen (front of the training center) laid out precisely. If the facility was initially built as a traditional dojo, the structure will include special entrances based on student and instructor rank. Students enter the lower-left corner of the dojo (in reference to the shomen) with instructors entering the upper right corner. Shomen typically have a kamidana—a Shinto shrine. Upon entering, respect is paid to the dojo. When the sensei (teacher) enters, all activities cease and the class is loudly called to attention by the senpai (class senior).
Demonstration of hakutsuru karate - white crane - a beautiful but deadly martial art developed by a female practitioner of Wu Shu (Chinese kung fu) centuries ago. Many martial arts were developed by mimicking movements of animals.
Do - or the path or way.
In the past, traditional dojo architecture and associated reishiki (etiquette) had three functions: first, the placement of the sensei at the front, seniors on the right, and juniors on the left, this afforded the teacher maximum protection from an intruder. Second, the arrangement shielded the teacher's instruction from those who might peer through the dojo's entrance. Third, the arrangement reflected certain Buddhist rituals. The next time you enter a traditional dojo, look for the subtleties. They are all around you.
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Map to Dojo
|Our members from Vietnam train at outside dojo.|
We offer Shorin-Ryu Karate Classes, Kobudo Classes, Kobudo training (Weapons Classes), Self-Defense Classes, Women's self-defense classes, clinics, and training in the Samurai arts. Our traditonal Okinawan karate center is open to the public - our classes focus on Adults and Families. Come learn the traditions of Okinawan Karate & Kobudo, where much of the class is conducted in Japanese and English to help students learn Japanese.
Our school is a member of a International Okinawan Karate Association - Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, and affiliated with one of the most respectful traditional martial arts associations in the world - Juko Kai International
We also teach meditation, philosophy and martial arts history interjected in karate classes. Our schedule is as follows:
Shorin-Ryu Classes -
We have some of the lowest rates in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. No sign up fees. No Contracts. Start as soon as you pay for your first lesson or first month. You can pay either month by month or day by day - its up to you.