Shorei-Kan karate is different than other types of karate. It is a budo, which literally means the way to stop fighting in Japanese. Budo is an art, a way of life to train one’s mind and body and bring one to self-understanding and eventually enlightenment through practicing fighting techniques.
Shorei-Kan karate is for the people who wish to learn self-defense techniques and to improve physical and mental conditions. As Master Tamano wished to distinguish it from ordinary karate, he changed the name Shorei-Kan karate to Shorei-Kan Okinawa Budo Kaisai-do.
The Shorei-Kan School was established by Master Seikichi Toguchi, senior student of Master Chojun Miyagi. The school was established to provide a system which the student could make systemactic progress in learning how to perform the very sophisticated art of GojuRyu (hard/soft) style. Step by step the student advances – from learning how to walk to learning how to slid, from defending against a punch to defending against weapons. Before learning the complex classical Goju-Ryu forms, the student practicesa series of katas and two-person forms unique to Shorei-Kan and designed to help him or her advance to a thorough and solidly founded knowledge of the art. At each level of instruction, from white belt to black belt and beyond, the student learns new kata, bunai and kiso kurnite – each building block for the next.
Shorei-Kan invites participation from both beginner students to advanced martial arts. It is for people from all ages and walks of life. The curriculum allows children to practice slowly, as in a game of sport; allows young people to practice hard to build physical strength and mental patience; and allows older people to pursue physical conditioning and the mastering of techniques. The close supervision of Shihan Lenzi and the black belt instructors insures the effectiveness of the Shorei-Kan system.
Shorei-Kan Dojo Kun
One – Always be courteous and humble
One – Cultivate a peaceful spirit
One – Learn to be patient
One – Strive to be a better person
One – Develop the spirit and techniques equally
One – Apply the principles of Shorei-kan to your daily life
Shiai Kumite was created by Master Tamano to allow the safe practice of full force fighting techniques. The specially designed protective gear combined with specific rules and striking points makes this component of Shorei-Kan karate quite unique and fun. The practice of Shiai Kumite develops strong and usefultechniques. Shiai Kumite is practiced in both the Karate and Kobudo classes.
Okinawan Kobudo is the study of ancient Okinawan weapons. The curriculum
includes the study of weapons such as Bo, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Kama, Kai, etc.
The Shorei-Kai system, created by Master Toshio Tamano, allows sudents
from the novice to the advanced to practice the art of Kobudo.