FOR THE PEOPLE JOINING OUR KARATE SCHOOL
The Karate we practice here is a little different from other types of
Karate. We are not a political organization, but rather spiritual
associates; our common goal is the perfection of mind and body.
Historically, there are three main groups administering the majority of
Karateka in Japan. The Japan Karate Federation and Japan Karate
Association are orthodox and traditional systems. The third,
Kyokushin-kai, is neither orthodox nor traditional.
More than 50 years ago, Mas. Oyama the founder of Kyokushin-kai, broke
with the existing practice of pulling punches and kicks short of contact
by adding the realism of physical contact to karate ---requiring the
participants to strengthen their bodies to resist the strikes of their
This was unimaginable to traditional Karateka.
Consequently, due to the difference in style and technique, there exists
prejudice among traditional Karateka against Kyokushin-kai members.
However, Kyokushin-kai are known as good fighters and were technically
ahead of any other style of in practical fighting.
But I honestly feel no particular group can say that they alone practice
the best style of Karate. With this in mind, I should say that the
Karate we practice is influenced by Kyokushin-kai because I myself met
Mas. Oyama in very early 50's and was deeply influenced by him. However,
we are not affiliated with them; we are an individual and independent
The essence of our training is learned through physical body and it
would be useless to describe in writing because the body has wisdom
inaccessible by the words and logic of the thinking mind. The philosophy
I can impart underlies the spirit of our training.
Our fundamental principles are:
A- Keep a strong yet flexible mind and body.
1- A hard thing is not always as strong as it appears. A bamboo bends in
the wind where a powerful oak may easily break. If you believe strength
is the most important thing in martial arts, you will never be strong.
2- Do not have a mind that selects or rejects.
To be without deliberate thought is to free the mind from limited
dualities. (This is one of my reasons for not being involved with an
accredited style. If a style teaches one method of fighting, you
will always be confined to the limits of that method.)
The word Kara-te means gempty handh, the empty hand holds everything,
every possibility is open to it, and the closed hand has room to hold
B- It is more important to understand being hit than to learn offensive
The body can be trained to be resilient and understanding its resilience
will give you confidence against any offensive techniques in a fight.
All you need for training to be patient. Patience teaches us to stay in
the present and focus on what we are doing now. Being present frees the
mind from concepts so the body can learn a deeper wisdom.
The principles of A and B above form the basis of our style.
If you are familiar with the name of our school, "hagakure", you may
also recognize the book with the same name that expresses the essence of
Allow me now to present you with a challenge, walking the way of the
"samurai", training with us to build an unlimited spirit.
There is much to learn. So here is an invitation to join our journey to