MARTIAL ARTS WE OFFER
The Shoshinkan approach to traditional martial arts focuses on the development of the mind, body, and spirit as a whole. Specifically, how the combination of physical well-being, self-awareness, and proficiency enables one to overcome the fear or inner conflicts that give rise to all external physical contests.
A student can approach one style or all three arts offered, separately, maintaining the integrity of a chosen style as an independent discipline, to pursue a path in budo that is at once challenging and fulfilling.
In each style, students have the opportunity to reach a very deep level of practice through the instructors and the greater martial family to which they will be exposed to.
Students can also approach two or three styles simultaneously to create a multidisciplinary training regimen and appreciate the common roots of all martial arts, the universal desire to overcome strife and be at peace. In any case, students are taught skills to identify positive and negative influences in life ( physical, mental and spiritual) and how those influences play into decision-making about the overall journey on the path (Do/Way) as in Budo and Bushido. (Martial Way/ Warrior’s Way)
Aikido is the way of the spirit of harmony. Martial arts are studied for self-defense and self-improvement but Aikido is different from other martial arts in that practitioners seek to defend themselves without causing injury to their attackers.
Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.
Karatedo or Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual.