A curriculum based upon increasing physical power, flexibility, and aerobic health suitable for adults of any age or current level of fitness, stressing personal progress and improvement.
§ Your Mind?
Classes designed for intelligent people interested in improving mental focus. Unlike other exercise routines, the mind is always engaged and challenged.
§ Your Spirit?
Energizing activities based upon centuries of Asian philosophy foster respect for others and self, integrity, and compassion. Designed to nurture one’s character.
As a classical martial art, Karatedo Doshinkan is non-competitive – we do not engage in free sparring, because dangerous techniques are not to be played with! The absence of sparring, however does not lead to decreased combat effectiveness – Doshinkan members are capable of responding to an attack with devastating force, should this become necessary. (We are trained to be humble and gentle; we hope never to have to resort to violence).
We practice effective self-defense methods alone and with partners. Through effort and dedication, students increase their own level of personal security. Working hard in Karatedo Doshinkan, you will build expertise that can help you preserve the safety of those you care about. When you know that you are capable of facing any confrontation with poise and self-control, your self-confidence will be obvious to all, including potential attackers – training usually makes violence less likely.
Because traditional karatedo is practiced without competition, the atmosphere of the dojo (school) is supportive, peaceful, and cooperative. Students are treated with respect, and the traditional ideas of etiquette foster self-discipline and harmony. Learning and practicing together, the risk of injury is minimal. Students are instructed to push each other, to encourage improvement, but never to overwhelm each other.
The Grand Master of Karatedo Doshinkan, Hanshi 10th Dan Nobuo Ichikawa, is the foremost expert on traditional Okinawan karatedo alive today. He began training in Japan at a very early age with the legendary Kanken Toyama. In 1996, he succeeded the founder of Karatedo Doshinkan, 10th Dan Isao Ichikawa. He holds a 10th degree black belt, the highest possible, as well as the honorary title “Hanshi” (model human being).
Renshi Daniel N. Barham began training in 1992, with Shihan 8th Dan Dr. June Pilcher at Bradley University. Since 1997, Renshi Dan has taught karatedo. Training directly with Hanshi Ichikawa on a regular basis, he has a 7th degree black belt, and was awarded the honorary title “Renshi” (refined human being).
· Punches and kicks designed to utilize one’s strength with maximum power and efficiency
· Throwing and Safe Rolling
· Use of Traditional Weapons: Bo Staff, Nunchaku, Tonfa, Kama, Sai
Note: This activity is intended for adults and teens. Interested students under the age of fourteen should conference with Renshi Dan before beginning.