Benefits of Itosu-Ryu Karate

The KW Karate Dojo provides a great training atmosphere with a lot of one on one attention.            In our standard curriculum, instructors of the KWD discuss and plan the development of each student. This individual attention helps each student develop to the maximum of their ability. Examinations and competitions are held regularly so that each student can have the opportunity to challenge themselves and to help progress to the next level in their training.

Developing Mind with Body

Child development experts now recognize the correlation between movement and cognitive learning – especially complex, functional movement as in karate which emphasizes balance and coordination.    Karate challenges the mind and body to gain skills analogous to perfecting a golf swing or techniques of dance.   Shito-Ryu karate complements physical conditioning with development of self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration, discipline and cooperation. 

Good for All Ages

Each student applies the principles of karate to their body.  Each student learns to listen to his/her body and adapt karate knowledge in a personal way.  Every karateka (practitioner of karate) reflects karate according to individual body characteristics.

Longevity and Quality of Life

In addition to regular exercise, karate stimulates both the mind and body.  Research has also found that certain activities that stimulate the mind, like music and martial arts, also stimulate the growth of new brain cells even at an advanced age.  It is a fact that most of the famous karate masters trained into their eighties and nineties – physical and mental vitality

Self Defense

Karate is based on technique rather than strength or size.  Even a small person can learn to create great power; this is done with techniques reflecting a deep understanding of the body.  Furthermore, timing and sharp reaction can be acquired with systematic training methods and are more important than innate athletic ability.  In karate we do not simply counter the aggressor’s strength; we capitalize on it through strategy and technique.

However, Shito-Ryu karate is not about fighting.   The highest objective of Shito-Ryu karate is to avoid physical confrontation.   Students are taught to practice humility but with the confidence that comes from knowing they have the tools to defend themselves if necessary.