Master Omine and Clark, Chatan, Okinawa.

 

Karate is training in self-perfection, a means whereby – there is not the thickness of a hair between the person and their deed.  It is training in self-efficiency.  It is training in self-reliance.  Its rewards are here and now, for it enables a person to meet any situation with exactly the right expenditure of effort, neither too much or too little and it gives you control of your otherwise wayward mind so that neither physical danger from without nor rampant passion from within can dislodge you.   —Shoshin Nagamine

 

 

 

Benefits

Every person studies for individual reasons, but most experience similar benefits with time and consistent attendance. Since the training is orchestrated to be both “safe” and “effective” members can practice and deepen their skills into late decades of life.

Health
This karate is a safe practice with natural & therapeutic motions. It develops essential core strength and improves isometric, aerobic and flexibility conditioning. It is also an excellent vehicle for managing stress.

Confidence
Development of this unique and practical skill provides better poise and composure.

Dojo Environment
The environment is year-round, cooperative not competitive. Builds long-term group camaraderie.

“I have yet to meet anyone who has practiced martial arts not find several benefits from their practice. Benefits are personal and individual. The most prevalent theme I hear is that nearly every student feels better able to navigate their life.

General confidence and overall well being is consistently better. Students tell me that they simply feel more ‘together.’ They handle stress better than ever before and find a clearer focus on life with an improved ability for decision‐making.

A deeper determination to accomplish personal and professional goals often develops with longer‐term martial arts training; perhaps what could be described as a "fighting spirit" to be applied to all adversities in life. This is real 21st century self‐defense. The ability to (not easily) have your spirit broken."

~Clark Jones

In Summary
Fitness and self-defense aspects have always been the initial appeal for adults. However, after training for a short time other "priorities" take over for the adult student. Student feedback has indicated an ability to better cope with everyday stress (real 21st century self-defense), which also translates to improved decision making. Camaraderie with fellow students coupled with having a place where an individual always feels welcome provides a source of connection outside work and personal environments. Continued training offers opportunities to enhance composure and poise, which is carried into daily life situations. In effect, students use their karate every day.

Shigeru Egami, Chief Instructor of Shotokan Dojo, opined "that the majority of followers of karate in overseas countries pursue karate only for its fighting techniques ... Movies and television ... depict karate as a mysterious way of fighting capable of causing death or injury with a single blow ... the mass media present a pseudo art far from the real thing." Shoshin Nagamine said "Karate may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one's own creative efforts.”

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