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Courses of Instruction

Courses of InstructionThe New York Rendokan offers the following courses of instruction.

Shorin-ryu Karate as taught by Eizo Shimabukuro, Hanshi. The traditional approach to learning martial arts through the study of form and technique. Training is comprised primarily of the following:

Exercises (Taiso). Traditional exercises and methods of strength training, including the use of machiwara (punching board) and partner exercises.

Forms (Kata). Shorin-ryu has a total of 24 formal exercises, drawn from the three great traditions of Okinawan karate: Shuri-te, Tomari-te and Naha-te, as well as Okinawan kobujutsu. The study and practice of form is the keystone of our classes.

Tomari-te Tradition. Eight forms from Chotoku Kyan, including Seisan, Naihanchin 1 - 3, Annanku, Wanshu, Gojushiho, and Chinto.

Shuri-te Tradition. Nine forms from Ankho Itosu and Chosin Chibana, including Pinan 1 - 5; Pasai Sho, Pasai Dai, Kusanku Sho, Kusanku Dai.

Naha-te Tradition. Two forms, from Chojun Miyagi: Seiunchin and Sanchin.

Kumite. Techniques derived from the forms and the experience of Grandmaster Shimabukuro. Comprised of Basic Techniques, Escape Techniques, Joint-breaking and pressure points.

Kobudo (Traditional Weaponry) Seven Forms and kumite techniques from the traditions of Okinawan weapons, transmitted to Grandmaster Shimbukuro by Chotoku Kyan and Shinken Taira, including Toei no Sai (Chatanyara no Sai); Towata no Sai; Tokumine no Kon, Sakugawa no Kon, Shoei no Kon (from Eiko Shimabukuro); Toei no Kama, and Shoei no Kama (from Eiko Shimabukuro).

Kobudo Kumite. Practical applications derived from the kata. These include Sai vs. Bo and sword; Bo vs. Bo and sword; Kama vs. Bo or sword; Defense against sword, etc.

Toei-ryu Jujitsu.
This form of self defense was developed by Grandmaster Shimabukuro based on his seventy years of martial arts experience. It is a practical self-defense comprised of nearly 400 techniques utilizing his knowledge of the human body's strengths and weaknesses. These techniques include defense for women and defense against armed opponents.

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