ABOUT

Traditional Shorin Ryu (Sho-Rin-Re-U) Karate is considered the to be one of the oldest styles of Karate, and serves as the foundation for most modern karate practiced in the world today.  At NRK Karate, we teach this traditional style of karate directly from birthplace in Okinawa, Japan.

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NRK Karate teaches traditional Ryukyu Kobudo (ancient Okinawan Weaponry) as a part of our standard training program.  Students learn mastery of the traditional Okinawan weapons which were initially improvised from farming and fishing implements.

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Okinawan Karate was born from the principle of self defense.  The techniques were designed to be practical and effective in situations when a person was faced with multiple attackers, using only their hands and feet as weapons.

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NRK KARATE IS A DOJO OF VIRTUES

COMPASSION (Jin)

Literally this is benevolence. Karate we must always start with the heart of the person.  “If the heart is good the karate can be good and thus the person can be good.”

COURAGE (Yuu)

This virtue, is at the core of what I consider as Kiyo-Bu.  A warrior has to have the ability to go in where others would draw back.  This is not to be foolish or reckless, but courage with a purpose of delivering a positive or beneficial outcome.

COURTESY (rei)

To lower ones head to another person is to show consideration and reverence for that person as an individual.  It is tantamount to holding the door for someone as the walk through, or helping a stranger carry a heavy load.

GRATITUDE (kansha)

The belief of the day is that benefits should be freely given, and not earned.  In the dojo, we must counter this cultural malfunction.  Simple things like forcing students to say “yes sir” and “no sir” instead of nodding their heads.

HUMILITY (Reigi)

Power, strength, authority, perseverance, endurance…These are just some of the attributes that should be developed in every karateka.  If not properly harnesses, these otherwise desirable attributes can become dangerous.  A person that can quietly respect their value and potential is a person that others will rise to follow.

LOYALTY (chuu/chuugi)

To be committed to the idea that no matter what, the “right thing” should always be the guiding light for ones actions.  This is the loyalty of karate.  It implies a concept of selflessness and wisdom, as the warrior must be able to see beyond their own personal agenda to that which elevates their community.

SINCERITY (Shin)

True heartedness is truth that emanates from a person’s very well being. This virtue speaks to integrity and trustworthiness in the utmost.  This is a virtue that  all want to strive for, but in truth it defines a watermark that so high and lofty that many can scarcely actually reach it.

SELF-CONTROL (jisei)

To have rule over oneself is to recognize ones strengths and weaknesses and to first accept the impact that they have on your life.  It is only through that acceptance can a student begin to exercise control of both their strengths and weaknesses.

STEADFASTNESS – (minuku)

This virtue should be cultivated in every student that endeavors to reach the goal of black belt, if that goal is maintained as elusive.  In fact the test itself, should be formulated to hone this virtue.

PERSEVERANCE (nintai ryoku)

This the pinnacle of martial virtues in that it aligns the value of all of the previous attributes to deliver the virtue can allow one to endure through any challenge, and have the ability to meet the needs of others as they embark on their own quests for improvement.

WHO WE ARE

The name NINTAI RYOKU-KAN (pronounced nin-tie ree-o-ku-khan) translates to "the house of the perseverance."

Karate-Do translates as "the way of the empty hand"

The black ring represents the black belt which should be the first goal of all new karate students. It's circular form represents the fact black belt is just the beginning and that the black belt's true quest, for perfection in all of life, has no ending.

THREE PEDALS, THREE PRINCIPLES

-jo – the way of compassion, humility and love

-katsu – the law of complete understanding of all forms and aspect of your karate

-fo – dedication to the seriousness of training not only in practice but also in actual combat

Collectively these principles represent the karate practitioners duty to himself and his fellow man.

THE COLORS OF PERSEVERANCE

The red and white colors represent the Okinawa, the birth place of Karate The Kanji (Japanese script) along the bottom of the logo reads Shuri-te which was the original name for our style of Karate (currently known as Shorin-Ryu of which we represent the Kobayashi branch) It should be noted that we do not see karate as a sport. It is truly a martial art,and while we do engage in sport elements of Karate, our ultimate goal is perfection of the person. So while a student will gain proficiency in combat through training in karate, the ultimate goal is refinement of self. It is our earnest believe that as this refinement spreads from person to person the world can move closer to a state of true peace because we will recognize the frivolous nature of most conflict.