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Fudozen Shorinji Kempo Karate began hundreds of years ago in Osaka, Japan. KEMPO = the way of the fist, KARATE = empty hands. Fudozen Shorinji Kempo Karate is a "hard style" where any block or strike committed is done with full intensity. Grand Master James Galati of Lawtons NY. began our organization over 40 years ago. He incorporated SPEED EQUALS POWER because SPEED CREATES POWER from the snap at the end of each technique.
Grand Master – 10th Dan degree Master level (highest level)
Master – 5th to 9th Dan degree black belt Instructor (senior Sensei)
Sensei – 1st to 4th Dan degree Black Belt Instructor / teacher
Sempei – asst. Instructor (intermediate to senior rank)
Kohai – student in training (novice rank)
Dojo – training studio
Kempo – translation: "way of the fist"
Karate – translation: "empty hands"
Uki – student asst. to help demonstrate a technique
Waza – translation: "Kata" (demonstration of forms movements with self defense techniques)
Kia – translation: (releasing inner energy during a strike or defensive technique) similar to a yell
Two - ni
Three - san
Four - shi
Five - go
Six - roku
Seven - shichi
Eight - hachi
Nine - kyuu
Ten - juu
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will karate teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?
Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't aggressive in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with previous behavior problems often become very respectful, and calm.
Q: Does my child face risk for injury with karate?
Our program is extremely safe. We have measures in place to insure that your child will stay safe. From stretching to warm ups to very close supervision-we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes, as with any sport, but they are quite rare.
Q: Can my child still participate in karate if he/she is not athletic?
Yes! In fact, martial arts is great for kids who don't always fit in to team sports. It is something that any child can excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars.
Q: What age is appropriate for karate?
We have classes for kids as young as 2. Martial arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques and advance. With the younger children it is more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.
Q: Do both boys AND girls take karate?
Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our karate classes. Boy, girl, young, old...it doesn't matter. Everyone can benefit from martial arts and have fun doing it!
Q: What level of fitness is required for martial arts?
People have come to us with all fitness levels. Everyone gets the same focus and attention. If you are not in great shape, don't worry. All of our classes are "go at your own pace". We will do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique.