About karate

Since you might not be familiar with the Kenshinkai karate style and its origins, I would like to introduce it.

What is Karate?

Karate is a martial art developed from Chinese kenpo and indigenous fighting methods from Okinawa. In short time karate interested not only people from the upper social class, but also ordinary citizens.

Initially called手 “te” (hand) or 唐手 “toude” (Tang Dynasty’s hand), it is during the Taisho period (1912 – 1926) that Funakoshi Sensei wrote the now famous word 空手“kara te” (empty hand). Today Karate is written in both Kanji, for more traditional events, and in the Japanese Syllabic script カラテ “ka ra te”, for more modern sport competitions such as K1.

Karate is not restricted to use only the body parts as weapons, but Nunchaku, Kama (hand sickle), Bo (wood stick) and Tonfa can also be used. The main karate stream in Japan is the practice of traditional karate as a budo, as a way to learn good manners, selfbuilding and respect, however Japanese like sports and especially the Olympic Games and a lot of karatekas are supporting the entry of karate as a new Olympic discipline.

What is Jyoshinmon?

From its origin in Okinawa, many different styles of karate develop over the years. Our teaching is based on the work of Grand Master IKEDA who studied under Grand Master KYAN. Grand Master KYAN is a famous master in Okinawa and in 2002 one of his cessors, NAKAZATO sensei was appointed as “Okinawa Mukei Bunkazai” (the spiritual treasures of Okinawa) for his contribution to the development of karate.
Jyoshinmon is a relatively young school which celebrated its 35 anniversary in 2004. With 60 Dojos disseminated within 25 countries, Jyoshinmon could organize competitions not only in Tokyo but also in Cuba, Russia and the United States, where many famous Karatekas were recognized.

What is Kenshikai?

Kenshinkai is the oldest of many other branches of Jyoshinmon and was founded in 1969 by Master HANZAWA with the permission of Grand Master IKEDA.
Mental and Physical Health is the core of our Karate style which is transcribed in the name Kenshinkai, derived from the word 健康促進 “Kenkosokushin” (health promotion).
Shihan ISHIZUKA is a champion, he has won various competitions and taught many students in Kenshinkai.

The Dojo’s five principles (gojyokun)

  1. Always be polite.
  2. Try to be a good character. More precise.
  3. Spread and develop Karatedo.
  4. Try to improve your technique.
  5. Do not be arrogant, and try to maintain harmony (or try to harmonize).

The Dojo’s five principles for children (shonen gojyokun)

  1. Be brave.
  2. Practice diligently and accomplish.
  3. Be kind to everyone.
  4. Live healthy.
  5. Be a worthy Karateka.