What We Teach
Karate; a martial art whose name literally translates into "empty hand".
Passed down from generation to generation in secrecy, this fighting form's other
benefits have but recently come to the attention of the western world.
Inspired by the honor of the Samurai, karate-do, or "the way of Karate", is the
inclusion of mind and spirit within the confines of the art. These aspects
of Karate help cultivate the respect and honor necessary to effectively gain the
full virtues intended by the originators, the old "Masters" of the past.
We here at Ronin Dojo believe in the philosophy of those who developed Karate;
that simply teaching physical technique without the oversight of honor and
respect is to dishonor the student. Karate is a vehicle which one can
utilize to seek an inner peace. With the continued practice of
karate comes the confidence necessary to look deep within, to challenge ones
self, to understand our true selves without our obscuring facades. Before
we can look for the truth's of the world, we must first grasp our own.
You will learn that you can; you can kick higher than your knee, you can focus
your energy into a single explosive moment, you can do what you previously
believed impossible. And as you learn these things, you will learn that
you have confidence; confidence in your abilities, confidence in your decisions,
confidence in yourself.
You will learn humility, honor and respect. The road to a Black Belt is
fraught with challenges, and sometimes disappointments; for to fully appreciate
the greatness of success, one must endeavor through humility. And once one
has succeeded at both, an understanding of respect an honor become ingrained.
You learn that respect can never be earned if it is not first given, and that
honor is that which we are. Without our honor, we have nothing. With
it, we need nothing.
Our school teaches Japanese/Okinawa Karate; the
style is Shito Ryu (she toe rew). What this means is that you will learn
how to use both your hands and feet for self defense through the utilization of
both traditional and modern training methods. All of our classes are
taught by qualified Black Belt instructors and most are of a "mixed"
stature, that is; open to all ranks and levels of training. What this
offers to the student is a chance to work side by side with others of both equal
and varying rank. This not only allows each student the opportunity to
gage their own progress, but fosters the building of relationships based upon
respect and honor.
to the regular Karate Program, but designed for the student between the ages of
7 - 12. This program delivers just what kids need most - action and
one-on-one instruction. With 5 - 10 instructors available, each student
has the opportunity for an instructors undivided attention - just what
they need to understand and effectively use what they learn for self defense,
self discipline and building self esteem.
special endeavor by the Black Belts of the Dojo to bring the joy and advantages
of martial art training to the littlest amongst us. Designed for
youngsters between 4 and 6 years of age, this program offers kids more; more
action, more attention, more self defense for a person their size and age, and
more of the skills they need for school - increasing their attention span and
developing their hand/eye coordination. This class offers a high ratio of
instructors to students, (usually 4-6 instructors to 25+/- students), so the "kinder's"
get a lot of one-on-one.
Karate is defined as "empty hand", Kobudo, or weapons, is very much a part
of the curriculum of Shito-Ryu. The early residents of the Okinawa Islands
developed fighting techniques whereby everyday farming instruments could be
wielded as weaponry. These implements of manual labor could become a
lethal force in the hands of a seasoned practitioner. And since they were
banned from owning any weapons, the villagers of the islands needed a way
to defend themselves against marauding foes without breaking any laws.
Many of the instruments they chose can be traced back to simple tools.
Kenwa Mabuni, the originator of Shito-Ryu, came from Okinawa and carried into
his style the use of weaponry.
Ronin Dojo offers to it's Karate-ka's (Karate
students), the opportunity to experience the use of some of these weapons.
Through the application of a weekly practice session, the Karate-ka can
gain an understanding of how these weapons were used, their advantages,
importance, and liabilities. Some of the weapons taught are; nunchukas
(two sticks and a rope between them), tonfas (modern police night stick),
sickles (hand held versions of the modern sickle), sais (a large three pronged
fork), bo (six foot staff) and jo (shorter staff). Also occasionally
offered is the art of sword drawing, as in Samurai.