San Angelo Location:
This location is now accepting new students.
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Tuesday and Thursday
Kids & Parents - 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Parents Only - 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm
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Monday and Wednesday
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
---WOMEN ONLY CLASS (LOCATION: JOHNSON STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST)---
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Wear comfortable clothing for your intro class(es).
Once you are a student, wear a clean gi with patches and belt. NOTE: Since we train outside, t-shirts are allowed during summer in the place of gi jacket.
Woman wear a white t-shirt under gi - men do not traditionally wear a shirt under gi.
No shoes allowed on dojo floor. (If exception is needed, see Sensei).
(no other drinks allowed in the dojo)
An open mind and heart for learning
Class may consist of any or all of the following:
Koteate (body hardening)
Ippon Kumite (partner sparring drills)
Kata - forms
Kobudo - weapons
Tuite - joint manipulation
Other techniques and exercises
Free introductory classes are scheduled upon request.
Thinking about trying karate?
These classes will give you a glimpse into Kenshin Kan karate.
Contact Sudbury Sensei at 832-794-3656.
Remaining Black Belt Trainings in 2019:
Athens Karate School
All classes meet from 10 am to 4 pm; cost is $30
See Sudbury Sensei or Blackford Sensei for details. All black belts are expected to attend - other ranks may be welcome. Your teacher will tell you which ranks may attend each month.
Q: What does Kaizen mean?
A: Kaizen is the Japanese word for "improvement." Because we seek self-improvement through martial arts and we train only to be better than we were yesterday, this is a fitting name for our dojo.
Q:Why do we bow?
A: Since we are practicing Okinawan karate, we are displaying respect for Okinawan culture when we bow to our teacher and to other students. Bowing shows respect for the other person.
Q: What is the meaning of “mokuso”?
A: When we come to the dojo to begin training, we’ve all come from different places – school, work, home. We may have just had a fight with a sibling or spouse or been through a difficult time at work or been cut off in traffic or been treated unfairly by the world. We may be in any frame of mind. During this few seconds of meditation, we are slowing down our breathing and clearing out the worries of the day so we may focus on training. There is no spiritual significance attached to this time of meditation, although many martial artists choose to pray during this time.
Q: What is the meaning of “dozo onegai shimasu”?
A: This has many meanings, depending upon the setting, but basically conveys a feeling of expectation – that someone will give you something that you will appreciate. According to Sensei Lockhart, it means "please be kind." You will notice that the teacher says “dozo onegai shimasu” too.
Q: What is the significance of bowing toward the front of the dojo?
A: Traditionally, photos of our instructors and the “fathers” of our karate style are in the front of the dojo. We are reminding ourselves of our lineage and the rich heritage that our karate represents. It has been passed down through generations. This bow is also a show of respect – respect that is not given lightly, but that has been earned through hard work and diligent practice of karate and kobudo.
Q: Why are there so many rules?
A: The first teacher to make dojo kun (or rules) was Sakugawa and these were later tweaked by Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.
Here are their 5 simple rules:
Be faithful in training
Endeavor to do your best
Respect your juniors and seniors
Refrain from violent behavior
The rules were established at a time and in a culture where respect of elders and others, cleanliness, and general good behavior were expected. The rules were intended to focus on the mental aspects of training as much as on dojo behavior. Because our style of karate goes back to the traditional spirit and practice of the early masters, a more extensive list of karate rules are established to ensure that we keep our dojo in a manner that emulates, or follows, their lead in living and training in a harmonious manner. The behavior expected in our dojo is the same that you will find in our hombu dojo and in other OSMKKF schools around the world.