Karate http://karatewest.com Leaders In Personal Achievement Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:54:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 A History of Shudokan Karate http://karatewest.com/history-shudokan-karate/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:57:51 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26219 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 […]

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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 systems. First, it includes Kobudo, which is the ‘ancient art’ Okinawan practice of special weapons. It also includes Shorin-ryu, which is known as one of the oldest schools of karate. Although Shudokan borrows much from these schools, there are also many others that it shares similarities with. It was always Kanken Toyama’s intention that Shudokan remain a dynamic school, and its constant variation on other techniques has fulfilled that original desire.

In the United States, the establishment of Shudokan Karate is managed by the American Shudokan Association (ASA), which is based in Yakima, WA. Currently, the ASA boasts over 15,000 members in the Pacific Northwest alone. There is no doubt that the school’s rich history and strong sense of innovation promises that its future will continue to be bright and bold.

For more information on the Japanese Shudokan Masters Seminar, you may visit the registration page.

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Fitness Done Right – Young to Old http://karatewest.com/fitness-children-adults-done-right-young-old/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:16:24 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26116 At Karate West, we celebrate life skills that are most deserving of our attention each month of the year with our Twelve Months to Personal Power. With the nice summer weather quickly approaching, we’ve chosen to recognize April as Fitness month. In honor of that ever-important habit, we thought we’d tell you a little about why getting active is so paramount to lifelong success for children and adults.

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At Karate West, we celebrate life skills that are most deserving of our attention each month of the year with our Twelve Months to Personal Power. With the nice summer weather quickly approaching, we’ve chosen to recognize April as Fitness month. In honor of that ever-important habit, we thought we’d tell you a little about why getting active is so paramount to lifelong success for children and adults.

We take pride in teaching children the merits of quality fitness because those lessons learned early in life will resound with healthy habits far into the future. You may be thinking, “but my child is already active. They hardly ever sit down.” While it’s true that children are naturally disposed to be more active often while running, jumping, kicking, and playing all on their own, that does not necessarily mean that they will be as energetic later in life. At Karate West, we teach that although there are benefits in one exercise session, a healthy discipline in maintaining regular exercise habits is far more beneficial. By establishing those habits early in life, the results can be astounding including a lower risk of blood pressure, stronger development of muscles, bones, and joints, as well as various social and mental advantages. Amongst a higher capacity for learning and self-confidence, those who exercise consistently  will also show reduced risk of depression and anxiety.

With all of that said, it’s important to make children want to be active. Physical activity should be something that they find fun. If your child can associate exercise with something that engages them, it will become an activity that they will gladly take part in, and those happy memories will continue to reinforce the importance of fitness in their future.

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Of course, these experiences do little for overall health if one does not maintain a focus on fitness into adulthood. One of the easiest ways that you can help improve your child’s exercise habits is to lead by example. Even if you were never an active child or adult, that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to get started.

If you’ve never been fit before, you can still benefit from attaining that life goal now. By finding ways to make fitness enjoyable, such as Karate, you will begin to look forward to your next exercise session. You can also be sure that all of the benefits listed for children can still be yours today. Even if you are over the age of 65, the American Academy of Family Physicians says that regular exercise can prevent chronic disease and reduce chances of physical injury. As if that weren’t enough, maintaining your fitness can even improve your overall mood.

Regardless of your age, it’s always a good time to start focusing on your physical fitness. Just remember to find the workout that’s right for you both in how it affects your physicality and how it fulfills your ambitions.

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The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time for Kids – And Why Parents Must Get Their Kids Active http://karatewest.com/dangers-much-screen-time-kids-parents-must-get-kids-active/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:36:37 +0000 http://karatewest.com/?p=26070 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 […]

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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 is curtailed they can become over weight.

Vision Problems

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It is actually unknown what kinds of vision problems long-term screen time can create. Though there is no denying it causes strain. There used to be a 20/20/20 rule. Meaning every 20 minutes of screen time you should look away for 20 seconds at something 20 feet away. This may seem an impossible rule to implement, especially when it comes to children.

Loss of Social Skills

There is no secret here, social skills take practice. When a child spends more time in front of a screen than interacting with others their social skill development lags. This can have an effect on them later in life, and impede their ability to form relationships.

Aggression

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When it comes to aggression there have been studies that prove the more time a child spends watching violent TV shows, movies, and/or playing violent videos games the more likely they are to become aggressive. Cut down on the likelihood of this happening by cutting down on screen time.

Getting Your Kids Active

To avoid or curb the dangers of too much screen time for kids, we must get them active! Getting your child to be active at least one hour every day will greatly increase their ability to maintain a healthy weight, and build self-confidence, healthy bones and muscle. Also, it’s fun. They will have a chance to get that extra energy out in a fun and creative way that helps them experience and interact with the world around them.

Why Martial Arts

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First and foremost, it is a way for your child to get active! It is also an activity any child can do. Team sports can be very competitive, and some schools don’t even offer PE anymore. With karate, no child sits on the bench. Each child works at their own level, building their self-esteem and confidence while learning important self-defense skills.  Instructors encourage children to achieve their personal best.

We believe there is no better sport than the martial arts for kids to learn invaluable life skills such as goal setting, perseverance and respect. Parents report that enrolling their child at Karate West has been one of the best decisions they’ve made toward their child’s future. Karate gives kids a leg up in the world.

 

 

 

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Chris Chen http://karatewest.com/chris-chen/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:27:34 +0000 http://karatewest.com//?p=1291 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 […]

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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 me.

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