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Training with Matsuri
 
 

Karate
Martial arts can be divided into different categories; throwing, locking and striking. Karate is a striking art; its roots date back hundreds of years to Okinawa, which is one of the Ryukyu Islands off the coast of Japan. The Okinawans developed this fighting art not just as a means of self protection but as a method to strengthen the body.

Shorin-ryu Karate
The main technical characteristic of Shorin-ryu Karate is to concentrate one’s power (kime) into the target smoothly, accurately, in the precise instant it is needed. This method of concentrating power is practiced through the kata internally to externally, using movements that are naturally healthy for the practitioner. This practice causes no pressure on the internal organs and little disturbance of respiration. Relaxed natural movement punctuated with focused releases of power causes no unnecessary muscle fatigue. Energy is preserved leaving the body and mind alert and ready to respond as needed.

Shorin-ryu Kata List:
Naihanchi Shodan, Naihanchi Nidan, Naihanchi Sandan,
Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan,
Kusanku (sho) and Kusanku (dai)
Passai (sho) and Passai (dai)
Gojushiho, and Chinto.

Naihanchi kata is the most severe kata from the Shuri-te lineage, a tanren (conditioning for toughness) kata which involves strong stable footwork, side to side movements and natural breathing techniques. Naihanchi kata is aimed at training one's body strictly, fostering a spiritual force which comes from the perseverance of severe training. Students begin with Naihanchi, and constantly return to this kata with higher levels of understanding. That's why it is said that 'Everything begins and ends with naihanchi' in the Shuri-te system.

The Pinan kata was created by Anko Itosu as a training aid for his young students, and can be found in many karate styles today. It is said that Naihanchi is well suited for toughening the body and spirit, Kusanku is good for fostering alertness, and Passai is suited for putting training into practice. Chinto kata contains beautiful flowing Shuri-te movement. The fifty-four advanced karate movements found in the Gojushiho kata are said to have been hidden in an ancient Okinawan dance.

Kobudo is the practice of weapons used in the ancient Ryukyu’s. Some weapons evolved from farm implements which could be used by peasants against the swords of wealthier attackers. Other kobudo weapons were used by the upper class. We teach historically correct Kobudo of the Ryukyus as taught to Ryukyukan members by Hanshi Nohara. The practice of Kobudo improves the use of dachi (foot, leg and hip position) to generate power, conditions arm and hands, and sharpens focus and awareness.

Ryukyukan Terminology
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Getting Started
After your free introductory lesson with one of our teachers you will be given a training uniform and one free training session in our beginner's class. This ensures that you wish to commit yourself to the Matsuri School before you decide on which program option suits you best.

We offer a variety of training programs at Matsuri. Each program has an option for students to pay in full, or take advantage of our monthly budgeted training scheme; one of our teachers will take you through the different payment options during your introductory period.

With classes available almost every day, students have the opportunity to train more than once a week. We also offer private tuition for karate / self-defence / personal protection. Please see our class schedule for further details.

During a normal lesson, students will be taught Kihon Waza, Uke Waza, Kata and Kumite.

Kihon Waza (basic technique) is how we develop striking and blocking skills.

Uke Waza (blocking technique) is performed with a partner and teaches students the correct use of blocks and strikes.

Kata (pattern). We teach historically correct Kata of the Shuri-te lineage as taught to all Ryukyukan members through Hanshi Nohara. These patterns teach students fighting skills that have been past down over hundreds of years.

Kumite (exchange of hands). Sparring is the culmination of all of the above training, allowing students to put the skills that have learnt into practice.

 

"During the practice you should imagine you are on the battlefield. When blocking and striking make the eyes glare, drop the shoulders
and harden the body. Now block the enemy’s punch and strike! Always practice with this spirit so that when on the real battlefield,
you will naturally be prepared."
Itosu Anko