Thursday, February 20, 2014

Traditional Karate taught to University faculty and students

Overlooking the outdoor training area for "Saturday in the Park" self-defense training for the Arizona Hombu
Traditional Karate is an considered a combat art and referred to as karatedo. The 'do' attached to karate referring to a life-long path one must take for enlightenment and better health. Over the years, many faculty and university students have trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and many have moved on to teach martial arts, science, engineering, etc at universities around the world. Their interest in the traditional martial arts is related to structured karate classes and training that provide opportunities to learn traditions, karate history, philosophy, techniques and even some Japanese language. 

Okinawan karate and kobudo are taught at the Arizona Hombu on Baseline Road near Country Club. The classes include a wide variety of training taught by a Hall-of-Fame grandmaster such as traditional karate classes, jujutsu, self-defense, body hardening, samurai arts and martial arts weapons. These are all taught each week at the martial arts school located in the Phoenix East Valley.

On Okinawa, karate and kobudo evolved from Shaolin Kung Fu and became the premier form of self-defense in the world. The art was kept secret from all outsiders until the beginning of the 20th century. This martial art is considered pragmatic self-defense and not taught as sport. Over the years, a few thousand university students, staff and faculty have trained in the Shorin-Ryu martial arts.

Faculty, staff and students at the University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming karate and kobudo class

Japanese Peace gardens, Phoenix, Arizona

Tea house at the Phoenix Japanese Peace Garden