USA Honbu Dojo
International Seishinkai Karate Union
Motobu ha Shito Ryu Karate Do
Shin Dojo Instructors provide to their students unique experiences based on personal training directly from instruction based in Okinawa and Japan and over 20 years of personal refinement, research, and teaching. Our experiences bring to the student body study of disciplines rarely seen outside of Japan.
Karate Do: From Japan to You
We teach traditional Karate historically based in Okinawa and Japan. We teach Motobu ha Shito Ryu and teach weekly based on years of experience in Shito Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Goju Ryu, and Motobu Ryu. The Dojo staff travels to Japan yearly to further its understanding of traditional martial arts.
Shin Dojo teaches classical karate, not
tournament or sport karate. Our instructors
have been through the same certification
process in Japan that the original
Okinawan masters who introduced Okinawan
Karate to the mainland did.
Our Karate focus is on "old school" teaching. "Ko Karate" is "old Karate," and is a lot softer than most people's perception of karate based on popular media.
We provide in depth study of all elements of
classical Okinawan karate including kata,
self defense/ life protection, kumite, throwing, and joint locking. The history, language, and culture are always an important part of our curriculum.
A Brief History of Karate
"Karate" is a general term coined in the early 1900's to describe the indigenous fighting arts developed in Okinawa, Japan. Prior to the use of this term, many terms were used to describe the art such as Ti, Di, Te, ToDi, Toti, Tote and Kempo.
Karate experienced a unique pattern of development. Fighting skills have been refined in Okinawa for a millenium. For hundreds of years, the martial skills of different countries such as China and Japan have influenced the direction of Okinawa's martial arts development.
As a small island nation, Okinawa served as a trade port and, as such, a cultural hub in the south Pacific.
What is commonly referred to as Okinawan Karate has recently been subdivided into several sub-systems, originally based on the geographical location of the system's development. The regions of Shuri, Naha, and Tomari produced the sub-systems of Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te, each having their own stylistic nuances.
Within each sub-style, varying family styles developed continuing the stylistic leader's personal methodologies. The styles of Goju Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Shorinji Ryu, Motobu Ryu, Shito Ryu, and Uechi Ryu, to name a few, are the result of personalized refinement of one or a combination of several Okinawan Karate sub-styles.
Classes at Shin Dojo cover the karate methodologies of all three Okinawan karate sub-styles. Our primary curriculum is Shito Ryu, the synthesis of the teachings of Master Kenwa Mabuni, a student of masters of all three karate sub-styles. His ultimate expression of his life in karate is the Shito Ryu, named after his two primary instructors. Shito Ryu utilizes the kata of all three branches of Okinawan karate. A student of Shito Ryu is a well-rounded technician and general Okinawan karate historian. Following are examples of the "kata" (forms) curriculum practiced at Shin Dojo.
Tokumine no Kun
Sakugawa no Kun
Chatanyara no Sai Dai
Chatanyara no Sai Sho
Eku no Kata
Shin Dojo is the US Headquarters for the International Seishinkai Karate Union (ISKU). The Seishinkan was founded in Osaka, Japan in 1943 by Kosei Kuniba based on the teachings of the famous karate master Choki Motobu. The Seishinkai Karate Union was formalized in 1959 under the direction of Teruo Hayashi and Shogo Kuniba. The International Division was created in 1998 by Seishinkai President Kunio Tatsuno. ISKU is currently represented in 25 countries. It is one of the largest Shito Ryu organizations in the world. The style of karate is called Motobu ha Shito Ryu. It is influenced by the teachings of Motobu Sensei and Shito Ryu founder Kenwa Mabuni. Kuniba Sensei was also a Shihan of weapons master Shinken Taira. There are many slight variations of the weapons kata from style to style. The weapons kata of Shinken Taira appear in our curriculum as learned by the instructors from various sources. ISKU and Shin Dojo are recognized in Japan.