Okinawan Shuri-te

What is Okinawan Shuri-te? (Karate)

 

Okinawa is the birth place of Karate and Shuri is the Capital of Okinawa. Shuri is where the Okinawan King and Castle were located. (Te) simply means hands. Literally speaking, Shuri-te means the “Hands of Shuri”.  Okinawan Samurai, unlike the Samurai of Japan, carried no sword. These weaponless warriors developed their art to an extremely high degree. This martial art, now known as karate, is what the Samurai in Okinawa used to defend themselves, as well as their King.

Traditional karate waza (techniques) have been systematically handed down from generation to generation primarily through empty-handed forms known as kata. The study of kata requires the student to train the left side of the body as well as the right, and to develop and coordinate muscles which are rarely used except by a proficient martial artist.  The most important thing it does is develop reflex through the repetition and visualization of performing the techniques.

Although karate was influenced by the Chinese Martial Arts, the Okinawans already had their own system of self-defense.  Many instructors from Okinawa also spent decades perfecting their art in China. Conversely because commerce with Okinawa was dependent on the trade-winds, many Chinese Martial Artists spent months at a time on Okinawa.

Karate is a Japanese word meaning (empty hand) given to the Okinawan art of self-defense, which was primarily taught amongst the Samurai class in Okinawa.  Because the Samurai were charged with protecting their country and king, they trained with life and death intensity.

Some of the benefits practitioners of karate receive encompass:
>Self Defense/Protection of Loved Ones
>Longevity
>Increased Speed
>Flexibility and Agility
>Self-Confidence
>Coordination and Balance
>Strength Development

Mr. Mueller only teaches real traditional karate to a select few dedicated and committed students. If serious contact Bill Mueller: 817-999-4901.

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