Karate-Do the way of the Empty Hand
"Karate begins & ends with Courtesy"
Traditional Karate is about self-improvement & self-defense. Part of this self-improvement comes through practice of courtesy to others who train in the martial arts. We learn to respect the martial arts, our training partners, seniors and instructors and pray that this attitude extends beyond the dojo.
We start new members in the basics of karate and respect. The basic karate techniques include kicks, blocks and punches that must be repeated over and over again so that it becomes second nature. This is to help gain physical fitness & muscle memory. Within a short time, new members are introduced to kata (forms) as these provide everything one needs in karate. See our class schedule.
Wear a traditional karate uniform known as gi, or just wear comfortable clothing & purchase a uniform when you are ready. We don't sell equipment, so we recommend you check our links page for suppliers. When you decide to purchase kobudo and samurai arts weapons, remember we only allow training weapons in the dojo - this is because we want everyone to be able to count to ten using their fingers. When you decide to purchase weapons, be sure to talk to other students in the dojo for suggestions.
Karate, the art of the empty hand, was developed on Okinawa centuries ago. The fighting system was kept secret and designed as empty hand self-defense and blended early on with kobudo - the ancient art of common tools for self-defense weapons. The original forms of Okinawan karate were known as tode (Chinese hand). Later, Okinawan karate masters formed a consensus and called their art kara te (empty hand) to indicate their combat system was more than just fighting and had a distinct Zen influence. Kara is related to mushin and implies emptiness - an important Zen philosophy. It also suggests that karate must be practiced over and over to teach muscle memory so that the individual never concentrates on a technique, and only reacts to another's attack.