Origins of Martial Arts:
The origin and history of Martial Arts is a controversial issue. One can see signs of martial arts in Egyptian, Greek, African, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, as well as other cultures.
The first fighting systems on earth probably evolved alongside humans because humankind must have always had a need to defend himself against animals, as well as against his fellow man. Ancient murals and sculptures show fighting poses from Egypt, India and Babylon dating from as far back as 5,000 years ago.
The martial arts as we know them probably did not evolve until systems of offensive and defensive skills were devised in or imported into China. There, in a country saturated with the spiritual teachings of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, these fighting skills were combined with intangible elements such as compassion, discipline and self-control.
Martial arts are thought to have originated in India and made their way through China and across the rest of Asia. Folklore recounts mythical creatures called Tengu who practiced martial arts and passed them on to humans. Founders of martial arts who wanted to give their methods the aura of legitimacy would often claim that the Tengu had taught them the art. Legend says that Bodhi dharma, the Buddhist monk who brought Zen to China from India, also brought the martial arts. There is a clear path leading from the Southern China regions up to Korea, Okinawa and Japan. The details before that, and the exact details of that transfer, are greatly debated by historians and Martial Artists alike.
Through various periods in history when weapons were outlawed, the martial arts prospered as the only means for a person to defend himself and his family. However, even as more civilized times descended upon humanity, the arts survived. They managed to outlive their violent origins primarily because they teach man much more than fighting. The true martial arts stress character development, discipline and respect.
Self-defense, physical fitness and competition are some of the other benefits, which modern practitioners enjoy. The fact that the martial arts have had a chance to evolve into many different styles has allowed it to endure for so many centuries.
An activity for everyone
If you are looking for the perfect mind/body activity then you have found the right place. At Kenwayoshin Ryu Martial Arts Dojo we realize that starting a new activity can be intimidating. That is why we specialize in working with beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. Our instructors are qualified professionals with extensive experience with children and adults. Every session at our dojo is like having a personal trainer right by your side. Our programs are family oriented and fun for all ages. We teach a hybrid style of Okinawan Karate adapted to today’s lifestyles. Each individual sets his or her own goals and is encouraged to take the training to the level of his or her own capability and schedule. You will also learn valuable self defense and awareness skills that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Those students interested in competition can learn Karate as a sport. We have consistently trained students to compete successfully at all levels from local to national.
Benefits of Studying Karate
The skills you learn in karate and the achievement of reaching goals you have set through hard work build your confidence in yourself, carrying over to the rest of life.
Karate requires you to develop good habits and exercise self-control as you train. It also requires you to make the effort necessary to achieve your goal.
Karate challenges you to think as much as you act. You learn to focus with your eyes, mind, and body. Learning the forms and movements reinforces working memory.
Make no mistake: karate is a great workout! It is a total body workout building stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength.
What We Teach
We teach a traditional style of karate adapted to today’s lifestyles. Our training incorporates physical fitness, basics, kata (traditional set patterns of movements), sparring, and self-defense.
The core of what we teach is the art of Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo Karate-do (Okinawa Kenpo for short). Okinawa Kenpo includes both empty hand techniques (karate) and the use of traditional weapons (Kobudo). We seek to faithfully teach the traditional techniques and forms along with their application.
Alongside this backbone, we incorporate techniques and skills from a great number of other styles and arts: from Aikido, Aiki Jutsu, Jiu Jutsu, Hapkido, Chin Na and Kyusho.
We are certified by the World Kenwayoshin Ryu Bujutsu, the American Martial Arts Renmei, Martial Arts USA, International Combative Arts Renmei, International Karate Kobudo Federation and International Martial Arts Federation.
Our Karate programs are designed around our Traditional Okinawan Karate curriculum to get the student to Black Belt and beyond. Martial Arts training, especially the achievement of a Black Belt, is a lifelong commitment to excellence. We strive to help our students develop a positive attitude with the spirit of a warrior, to be someone able to overcome all life's challenges.
Skills taught in classes are:
- Open-Hand Kata
- Traditional Weapons
- Joint Manipulations
- Stranger Awareness
- Conflict & Aggression Resolution
- ...and so much more!!!
Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo
The Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo Martial Arts System was founded by Dr. John A. Suarez, 10th Degree Black Belt, who has over sixty (60) years of martial arts history under his Obi (belt).
Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Kobudo is a blended martial arts discipline combining the best techniques from Okinawa Kenpo Karate, founded by Grandmaster Hidaka Nakayama, Wado Ryu Karate and Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu founded by Grandmaster Hironoir Ohtsuka, Tae Kwon Do, founded General Choi Hong-hi, Toyojin Ryu Ju Jitsu founded by Soke Dr. Dusty Johnson, Kosen Jiu Jitsu founded by Grandmaster Jigoro Kano, Eishin Ryu Iaido founded by Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto Shigenobu and Shindo Ryu JoJutsu founded by Muso Gonnosuke.
These balanced blend of martial arts techniques of Kenwayoshin Ryu will prepare the practitioners of this art for explosive combat situations in a martial arts competition or an attack on main street USA by Mr. or Ms. Bad Apple.
The name Kenwayoshin Ryu is a blended combination of the martial arts styles of Okinawa Kenpo Karate, Wado Ryu karate, Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu, hence Kenwayoshin Ryu. The translation of Kenwayoshin Ryu is, “Fist Harmony Willow Strength Style”.
Kenwayoshin Ryu Karate: Is a blend of four of the world’s best-known styles of the martial arts; Okinawa Kenpo Karate, Wado Ryu Karate, Shotokan Karate and Tae Kwon Do.
Kenwayoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu: Is formed by blending the three different styles of Shintoyoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu, Toyojin Ju Jitsu and Kosen Judo.
Kenwayoshin Ryu Iaido: Is translated as “Sword Harmony Willow Strength Style, Drawing and Cutting Way”. It is a “blended hybrid” style designed to incorporate the best concepts of the five (5) most popular and efficient styles of Iaijutsu in the world today. Unconventionally, it applies system sciences from “Eishin Ryu”, “Shinden Ryu”, “Mugai Ryu”, “Toyama Ryu” and ’Kendo”, arts. Dr. John A. Suarez founded this style, specifically for “The American Martial Arts Renmei International and the Kenwayoshin Ryu Kobudo arts.
Kenwayoshin Ryu Kobudo: Training includes Iaido with the Katana (Sword), JoJutsu with the Jo and Bo, the Sai, the Nunchakus, the Tonfa, the Kama, the Hanbo and the Cane.
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