Karate – An empty-hand fighting art originating in Okinawa, karate includes a mix of strikes, kicks, throws, and locks. We train in the Shuri-ryu style, an eclectic system assembled by Grand Master Robert A. Trias, a pioneer in bringing karate to the United States. Karate is the core of our instruction, and training in karate improves focus and fitness, promotes self discipline, and elevates self confidence.
Kobudo – The “ancient martial way” of Okinawa, this weapon-based art is complementary to karate. Okinawan kobudo weapons include the bo (staff), sai (truncheon), nunchakun (flail), kama (sickle), tonfa (nightstick), and eiku (oar). Kobudo training improves coordination and manual dexterity, some of its movements can be translated to modern tools and weapons, and it’s a lot of fun!
Judo – A Japanese art which includes throws, sweeps, pins, joint locks, and chokes. It has its roots in jiu-jitsu, has been a part of the Summer Olympics since 1964, and it was even studied by Teddy Roosevelt back in 1904! Basic judo instruction such as breakfalls (falling without injury) is included in all of our classes, and yellow belts and higher learn the remainder of the judo techniques. Our emphasis is on where these movements can be used in our karate and in self defense.
Iaijutsu and Jodo – Iaijutsu is a self defense sword art practiced by the samurai, and jodo is a stickfighting art designed to counter the sword. Both are kata focused, stressing good form and body mechanics that both reinforce our karate training and force the practitioner to sharpen the mind and be in the moment. Both arts are offered at an introductory level.