Shito Ryu Karatedo

Bushido-Kai Canada trains in the style of Shito Ryu. This style follows the traditional teachings of Shito Ryu Karatedo. From the technical point of view, this style is based on the two average main okinawenses:

  • SHURI-Te, of teacher Itosu (Shorin-Ryu), we inherit the speed and the rectilinear techniques, with natural positions.
  • NAHA-Te, of teacher Higaonna (Shorei-Ryu), of which proceeds the concentrated force and the stable positions.

We practice Katas of NAHA-Te, SHURI-Te and also of TOMARI-Te that shares the characteristics of both styles, although at the moment, they are not considered differences among these last two currents. The positions are natural, neither very low, neither very high, there being little difference between the training and the real application.

In the attacks we use higher positions that in the defences being the most characteristic:

  • Moto Dachi
  • Zenkutsu Dachi
  • Kokutsu Dachi
  • Shiko Dachi
  • Neko Ashi Dachi
  • Sanchin Dachi

The diverse positions are used in all addresses coordinating body and hip simultaneously to the techniques. We work a lot in even applications of Kumite with the opponent’s full control in the whole technical process and with a development based on the harmony and the continuity of the movement.

The defences usually have an exit of 45º using technical of hand open of short journey. These group in five fundamental concepts (UKE NOT GO GENSOKU):

  • Rakka: (Strong Block) A stopped will be applied with so much force that it doesn’t only give birth to the opponent’s attack, if not that it also conquers him. It is to make of a stop a true attack (e.g. Grove Uke against Tsuki).
  • Kushin: (Spring Movement) Control the attack with flexion movements and extension of the body, using the knees to leave the reach and then to penetrate counterattacking (e.g. Kakete from Neko Ashi Dachi against Tsuki).
  • Ryu-Sui: (Block Soft) Deflect the attack without resistance and in the same address.
  • Ten-I: (Work of Feet) To avoid the attack changing position, with you avoid or displacements outside of the opponent’s reach.
  • Hangeki: (Defence like Attack) To counterattack before the opponent’s attack can end.

We apply the classic defences:

  • Gyaku-Waza: the opponent’s Control.
  • Nage-Waza: Projections and Sweepings.
  • Shime-Waza: Strangulations.
  • Kansetsu-Waza: Luxaciones.
  • Katame-Waza: Immobilizations.

The attacks in advance are generally rectilinear and the fist techniques are at great speed carried out. The leg work is carried out at levels Chudan (half) and Gedan (lower) in a main way, although in the trainings they are carried out jodan (high) and even in jump. It is also characteristic complementary of the Style the study and practice of the Kobudo (traditional Japanese weapons), if one knows their handling, it is easier to defend against them.

Sport Karate

Karate also exists today as a sport. It would be impossible to practice karate in its original form without placing the athletes in jeopardy. Therefore, rules were developed restricting technique and targeting to allow for a form of combative sport that has today become well known as ‘Sport Karate,’ which is recognized through Sport Canada through Karate Canada. Bushido-Kai Canada is a proud member of Manitoba’s official governing body for Sport Karate , Karate Manitoba, a Sport Manitoba Provincial Sport Organization.

Although Karate as a sport does not represent karate in it’s original form, it does incorporate and showcase many similar elements and benefits of karate training; challenge of the spirit of the practitioner when facing an unkown challenger in kumite (sparring) or having to overcome performance anxiety when performing a kata (form) before a panel of judges who are scrutinizing and ranking their abilities. The explosive growth of Sport Karate as it heads towards the Olympics under the WKF (World Karate Federation) has put Bushido-Kai Canada Karate Academy and it’s founder, Angelo Mendoza, Sensei, at the forefront of competitive sport karate and traditional karate do training in Manitoba.

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