Okinawan Karate (Te)
- In 1400 AD, A King of Ryukyu Shoho prohibited Okinawan Samurai (Warrior) to carry weapons. The Okinawan Samurai began developing Empty Hand Fighting Arts called Te (Karate).
- In 1609 AD, Japan’s Satsuma Clan attacked Okinawa. Okinawan warriors fought back with bare hands and farming tools against bows and arrows, spears, swords and guns. The Okinawans were defeated and Satsuma prohibited them to train in Martial Arts, but the people kept practicing in Te Arts secrecy.
- In 1922, Okinawa introduced Okinawan Te (Karate) to Japan for the first time. Japan started introducing Okinawan Te to the world.
Sensei Shiroma teaches and trains Okinanwan Shuri-Te. Shuri-te was only used by the Okinawan Shuri Samurai as their fighting art and was never taught to others.
At Okinawan Martial Arts a part of our training is the entire empty hand system of Kobayashi Shōrin-Ryū Karate. It is a style considered by many noted authorities as the very first true system to have ever originated in Okinawa, the birthplace of true karate.
Hanshi Jiro Shiroma and Sensei Ounkham demonstrate and teach these original Kata in their purest, untainted and original form. It is done the same way as the great Shuri-te and Kobayashi Shōrin-Ryū masters of Okinawa’s illustrious past that include Sokon Matsumura, Yasutsune Anko Itosu, Chosin Chibana and Shugoro Nakazato have done so into the present day. It is training that goes back in time where true karateka and properly executed techniques were and still are synonymous with devastatingly sharp and total 100% effective self defense.
In the United States and other countries of the western world where Karate-Do is practiced, the ART has undergone many subtle and oftentimes unintended changes. Some of them are due to misrepresentations, over looked exactness and proliferated mistakes fostered though generational conveyances. Ultimately, it has altered the true essence of the art form. We return the true roots of these effective and ancient Okinawan arts.
Okinawan Martial Arts trains students with the three primary goals of:
- Kihon (Fundamental Technique)
- Kata (Form)
- Kumite (Fighting)
Under the expert instruction of Hanshi Shiroma and leadership of Sensei Ounkham, students will learn, practice and study the classical Kata listed below.
Naihanci Kata Series:
- Naihanchi Shodan
- Naihanchi Nidan
- Naihanchi Sandan
Pinan Kata Series:
- Pinan Shodan
- Pinan Nidan
- Pinan Sandan
- Pinan Yondan
- Pinan Godan
Passai Kata Series:
- Passai Sho
- Passai Dai
Kusanku Kata Series
- Kusanku Sho
- Kusanku Dai
Karatedo no Kokoro e
- Through physical training one can cultivate the mind
- Maximum effort
- Avoid unnecessary fights; martial arts are to defend against unexpected calamities