We are very excited to have a second location to share our amazing training programs. We will start classes on Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Cambridge, MA. It is conveniently located next to Fresh Pond Mall, inside Danzan Ryu Boston at 51 New Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Please contact us about starting your martial arts journey today. We offer Gracie Combatives, the official self-defense program of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We also offer Traditional Karate, in the style of Uechi-Ryu Karate from Okinawa Japan – the birthplace of Karate. We also offer an amazing Karate Fitness class, it’s a fun way to learn Karate and get in amazing shape at the same time.
Please look at our current schedule below for April 2016.
At a special evening class at Okikukai Headquarters, most of the current high ranking Shohei Uechi Ryu Senseis including the current Okikukai President Nakahodo Sensei was in attendance.
The class was a traditional class with junbi undo and hojo undo at the beginning of class. Then came the kotae, a regular body conditioning exercise phase that is heavily emphasized in the Uechi Ryu style of karate. Every student was asked to take off their gi tops, and then was asked to break up into three groups to be tested in sanchin. Sanchin testing is very helpful in not just body conditioning, but allows the practitioner to have full one on one guidance from the instructor.
This is a picture of my first Karate class at Okikukai Headquarters. I did not participate in class, but I had the honor to sit and talk with Okikukai vice president Arakaki Sensei as we watched the class.
Yamashiro Sensei lead the first class to a group of mostly European students that just arrived on the island earlier that day. It was a very interesting sight for me at the time, because I had never seen a traditional Okinawan karate class being conducted. All of my karate class experiences has been from America and I only wondered how different the classes may be conducted in Okinawa. To my delight, many of the school (dojo) etiquette and beginning class formalities are very similar to what I had been taught in America. I did find that Yamashiro Sensei did have a different teaching style and different way of implementing basic exercises.
As I sat with Arakaki Sensei watching the class, sensei was very helpful in communicating what was happening during the class.
I finally made it!
I landed on the island of Okinawa, Japan, the birth place of karate. I am on a mission to find the teachers of my teachers in karate. My journey begins here.