What is Shorei-Kan Karate?
School was established by Master Seikichi Toguchi (1917-1998), senior
student of Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953). The school was established
to provide a system by which the student could make systematic progress
in learning how to perform the very sophisticated art of Goju-Ryu
(hard/soft style). Step by step the student advances from learning how
to walk to learning how to slide, from defending against a punch to
defending against weapons. Before learning the complex classical
Goju-Ryu forms, the student practices a 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, to green, to brown, to black belt and beyond,
the student learns new kata (form), bunkai (applied form) and kiso
kumite (pred fighting) – each a building block for the next.
participation from both beginning students and advanced martial
artists. It is for people from all ages and walks of life. The
curriculum allows children to practice slowly, as in a game or sport;
allows young people to practice hard to build physical strength and
mental patience; and allows mature adults to pursue physical
conditioning and the mastering of techniques. The close supervision of
Sensei McInturff insures the effectiveness of the Shorei-Kan system.
students learn the meaning of the defense movements hidden in the kata
through two-person forms called bunkai, which are, in effect, two
person katas. Prearranged fighting forms are also studied (kiso kumite)
as well as the art of Okinawan weaponry (kobudo).
Training in the art
of Shorei-Kan Karate requires discipline, control and strengthening of
both physical and mental energies toward the goal of a “state of
enlightenment” and physical excellence.
Okinawan Kobudo is
the study of ancient Okinawan weapons. The cirriculum includes the
study of weaponry such as Bo, Tonfa, Sai, Nunchaku, Kama, Kai, etc. The
Shorei-Kai system, created by Master Toshio Tamano, allows students,
from the novice to advanced, to practice the art of Kubudo.