A History of Shudokan Karate

A History of Shudokan Karate

Soon, Karate West will be hosting a Japanese Shudokan Masters Seminar event, during which 10th degree black belt masters Ishida Hanshi and Miyachi Kenji Hanshi will be teaching two different kata. With that event in mind, we thought it would be an appropriate time to explore the historical development of our school of karate. Kanken Toyama’s Okinawa Seitou Karate-Do, also known as ‘Shudokan’ in America, was originally developed by Kanken Toyama when he opened his first dojo in Tokyo on March 20th, 1930. When he established the school, it was called Shu Do Kan, which literally translates to “the hall for the study of the way of karate” or more figuratively translates to “an institution for cultivating the way.”  Thus, its establishment was to discover a more natural and right way to live through the methods taught in karate. While Shudokan is commonly accepted to be its own school of karate today, Toyama-san never claimed to have invented something new. He was originally a student of Ankō Itosu, the man famed to be responsible for the development of modern karate. Toyama-san always felt that what he taught was merely an extension of Itosu-san’s original form of karate. He once wrote on the topic that “the exquisite skill of karate that is based on self-protection does not need to contain several different ‘styles,’ but a combination of what works or is effective.” As a result of this position, Toyama-san never appointed a successor when he passed away in 1966, ultimately causing the school to take many new forms. Today, Shudokan karate has developed into a school primarily made up of two...
The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time for Kids – And Why Parents Must Get Their Kids Active

The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time for Kids – And Why Parents Must Get Their Kids Active

Sleep Deprivation There are many dangers of too much screen time for kids, among the most concerning, is sleep deprivation.  Any of us that are addicted to our screens know this. It is a constant struggle to put down the screens and allow our minds to drift off to sleep. But how does this affect kids? If you, as an adult, don’t get enough sleep, you’re apt to be less productive at work and may have trouble holding up your eyes as they grow ever heavier throughout the day. However, sleep deprivation is detrimental to children’s developing minds and bodies. The average child requires 10-12 hours of sleep every night; however, the average child only gets 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep deprivation in children can lead to obesity, short attention spans, crankiness, lack of decision-making skills, lethargy that leads to poor performance at school, and health problems. Why does screen-time get such a bad rap? The blue light emitted from the screen is interpreted by the body as a signal to wake up. So if a child is interacting with a screen at night, instead of feeling sleepy when it is bedtime the child is more likely to be wide awake, even long after the screen has been shut off. Obesity Another one of the dangers of too much screen time for kids is obesity. Screens make you sit. The struggle to keep kids active these days is real! Especially when there are so many screens tempting them to sit and stare for hours. Children have the natural urge to run, jump, and kick, and when this...

Chris Chen

My black belt really makes me who I am today. I tend to be a fun and open guy, and I think that through my training at Karate West, I was able to become more confident about who I am. My black belt also serves as a reminder that I can overcome anything that I put my mind to, and it motivates me to be the best person that I can be. Getting my black belt also taught me how to discipline myself. As I prepared for my black belt test, I learned that there is no gray area to fall between after the test; everything is strictly black or white (pun absolutely intended), and I learned to discipline myself in order to accomplish what I want to do and succeed. And that is what my black belt means to...