Traditional Okinawan Karate and Weapons Classes
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Our Objectives and Philosophy
At the SHINBUKAN Dojo of Rio Rancho our objective is to provide the highest quality martial arts instruction.
As a traditional Japanese martial arts “Dojo” (place of the way), we seek to instill the universal virtues of wisdom, dedication, patience, tolerance, cooperation, humility and work ethic in our students.
This is in harmony with the true principles of “Budo” (martial way), which means to stop violence. This philosophy has a far deeper meaning than mere self defense.
Seeking to study in this way is known in Budo as “Katsujinken” (the enlightened/life giving sword).
Central to this form of training is the Japanese term “Reigi” (etiquette), which goes beyond politeness and good manners.
“Reigi” conveys the spirit of thinking of others before ourselves. In other words, selflessness versus selfishness.
In this way of training students challenge themselves to become more able and gifted members of society.
As a result of this mindset and by fostering the spirit of mutual cooperation, every student in the dojo is challenged to develop themselves in the same way.
With the attitude of cooperation and helping one another, there are no losers, only winners. Ideally students then bring these virtues into their lives outside of the dojo. Thus they become a greater asset to the community, as well as their family and friends.
Our training curriculum is primarily divided into two parts which are closely related in form and function.
Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Our empty hand art is based on the Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate system. This system was founded by Grandmaster (O’sensei) Shoshin Nagamine in 1947, and is considered one of the older traditional Okinawan Karate systems that have remained largely unchanged. Basics, eighteen kata, and application are emphasized.
Ryukyu Kobujutsu Our weapons training is the second part of our curriculum, and is based on the teachings of the traditional Ryukyu Kobujutsu (weapons sciences of Okinawa). Application as well as basics and kata are taught for each weapon.
If you are interested in training with us or learning more about our dojo and curriculum, please call us.
Sensei Fred Schlesinger will be happy to answer any questions and schedule an appointment for your visit. Please call 505-8928998 or Email:
"Mazu Sono Kokoro Wo Tadase"
First Purify Your Mind