The ancient martial art of KARATE-DO. The way of the empty hand. A
study of practical self defence:
Karate-Do is the ideal physical activity, systematically developing
your potential to the fullest. It combines physical education with
the mental training, contributing to a balanced, well adjusted personality.
This aspect of Martial Arts is probably uppermost in people's minds.
Rightly so. In our violent and turbulent times, a knowledge of physical
self defence is becoming a necessity. KUSHIDO will teach you methods
of self protection that could save your life. With this learning comes
a sense of personal security and confidence, allowing you to feel
more free and relaxed with yourself. All our classes in the Dojo are
geared towards this physical aspect of training.
In practising KUSHIDO you will experience the full natural range of
possible body movements, resulting in a high level of flexibility
and agility. The only restrictions are those placed by yourself. Emphasis
is placed on correct breathing and posture, essential for general
well being. Coordination and balance are developed in a systematic
way as you progress in your training, leading to greater physical
dexterity. Age and built are not inhibiting factors in the development.
As a child learns to walk, so you will be taken through the step-by-step
learning process. Techniques are done by using the body, hands, elbows,
knees and feet standing up and during grappling.
At first these are not obvious, but through constant training, KUSHIDO
will help you develop your concentration, perseverance and self discipline,
enabling you to cope better in today's world. You will realise your
own self worth and this will reflect in your day-to-day activity and
Mental and thorough knowledge of the healing arts.
Traditional Okinawan weapons and other weapons.
The history and development of the Okinawan traditional weapons date
back to around the 16th century with evidence dating from the 7th
century. The actual history is not that important. The fact of why
and how it developed, is. The invasion by the Japanese and the subsequent
banning of the carrying of swords led to the popularity of the unarmed
fighting techniques. The ingenious Okinawans then adapted these unarmed
techniques to various farm implements, using them as extensions in
the hands of an expert. These "weapons" could also be carried
openly without being recognized as weapons.