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Karate

There are four main styles of karate-do in Japan: Goju-ryu, Shi­to-ryu, Shotokan, and Wado-ryu: 

  • Goju-ryu devel­oped out of Naha-te, its pop­u­lar­i­ty pri­mar­i­ly due to the suc­cess of Kan­ryo Higaon­na (1853–1915). Higaon­na opened a dojo in Naha using eight forms brought from Chi­na. His best stu­dent, Cho­jun Miyagi (1888–1953) lat­er found­ed Goju-ryu, ‘hard soft way’ in 1930. In Goju-ryu much empha­sis is placed on com­bin­ing soft cir­cu­lar block­ing tech­niques with quick strong coun­ter attacks deliv­ered in rapid suc­ces­sion.
  • Shi­to-ryu was found­ed by Ken­wa Mabuni (1889–1952) in 1928 and was influ­enced direct­ly by both Naha-te and Shuri-te. The name Shi­to is con­struc­tive­ly derived from the com­bi­na­tion of the Japan­ese char­ac­ters of Mabuni’s teach­ers’ names — Ankoh Ito­su and Kan­ryo Higaon­na. Shi­to-ryu schools use a large num­ber of kata, about fifty, and are char­ac­ter­ized by an empha­sis on pow­er in the exe­cu­tion of tech­niques.
  • Shotokan was found­ed by Gich­in Funakoshi (1868–1957) in Tokyo in 1938. Funakoshi is con­sid­ered to be the founder of mod­ern karate. Born in Oki­nawa, he began to study karate with Yasut­sune Aza­to, one of Okinawa’s great­est experts in the art. In 1921 Funakoshi first intro­duced Karate to Tokyo. In 1936, at near­ly 70 years of age, he opened his own train­ing hall. The dojo was called Shotokan after the pen name used by Funakoshi to sign poems writ­ten in his youth. Shotokan Karate is char­ac­ter­ized by pow­er­ful lin­ear tech­niques and deep strong stances.
  • Wado-ryu, ‘way of har­mony’, found­ed in 1939 is a sys­tem of karate devel­oped from jujit­su and karate by Hienori Otsuka as taught by one of his instruc­tors, Gich­in Funakoshi. This style of karate com­bi­nes basic move­ments of jujit­su with tech­niques of eva­sion, putting a strong empha­sis on soft­ness and the way of har­mony or spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­pline.

The style that is taught at the Acad­e­my is the Shotokan style, taught By Sen­sei Kashif Sid­diq of Bat­ley. Class­es run on week­ends for chil­dren 8+ and adults.