Karatedo

                “A Way of Life” to balance mind body and spirit"

Karatedo will improve your confidence and empowerment, and gives you greater respect for yourself. Practicing karatedo also builds self-discipline and mental toughness. These mental benefits can then be used in your everyday life with your studies, work and sport. The wonderfgul thing about karatedo is that it's a fun workout.

Some of the physical benefits of studying karatedo weight control. One hour of karate burns quite a bit of calories and can assist you in improving your health. Karatedo is also linked to improved cardiovascular health, stressing the heart and building strength. In addition, regular karate participation will improve your muscle mass, reflexes, and your overall mood. Exercising releases endorphins in the body, and makes you feel good!

Karatedo is a martial art developed in Okinawa “the Ryukyu Kingdom”. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts in Okinawan) under the influence of the Japanese and  Chinese. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punchingkickingknee strikeselbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. In the days of karate  in Okinawa there were few formal styles of karate, but rather many practitioners with their own methods.  Early styles of karate are often generalized as Shuri-teNaha-te, and Tomari-te, named after the three cities from which they emerged.  Each area and its teachers had particular kata (forms), techniques, and principles that distinguished their local version of karate from the others. 

The Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed by Japan in 1879. Karate was brought to Japanese archipelago in the early 20th century during a time of migration as Ryukyuans, especially from Okinawa, looked for work in Japan. It was systematically taught in Japan after the Taishō era.In 1922, the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration which he gave with Mokoto Gime another Okinawan. Other top Okinawans come to the mainland were Chojin Miyagi of Goju-ryu and Kenwa Mibuni of Shito-ryu.

Matsumura taught his art to Itosu Ankō (1831–1915) among others. In 1901 Itosu helped to get karate introduced into Okinawa's public schools. These forms were taught to children at the elementary school level. Itosu's influence in karate is broad. The forms he created are common across nearly all styles of karate. His students became some of the most well-known karate masters, including Gichin FunakoshiKenwa Mabuni.

In 1881 Higaonna Kanryō founded what would become Naha-te. One of his students was the founder of Gojū-ryūChōjun Miyagi, Kenwa Mabuni founder of Shito-ryu, as well as others. Chōjun Miyagi taught such well-known karateka as Eiichi Miyazato and Gogan Yamagoshi.

Sensei Mayfield has had the honor and great pleasure of training with many of the great karate Sensei of the last 100 years. He has studied many forms of Okinawan and Japanese karate and now teaches the styles of Goju-ryu and Shotokan. 

 

Some of the teachers Sensei Mayfield has trained with are Ikura Higushi of Gima ha Shotokan-ryu who’s teacher was Makoto Gima, Matsatoshi Nakayama Chief Instructor of Japan Karate Association Shotokan and student of Funakoshi,  Hirokazu Kanazawa of Shotokan and a student of Funakoshi and Nakayama Sensei. Kuniyuki Kai of Goju-ryu and a student of Chojin Miyagi and Eiichi Miyazato, Tandannori Nobetsu of Goju-ryu a student of Eiichi Miyazato, Gogan Yamaguchi founder of Japanese Gojukai a student of Chojin Miyagi, Masanobu Shinjo of Goju-ryu a student of Seikichi Toguchi, Shogo Kuniba of Motobu ha Shito-ryu Shishnkai a student of Kenwa Mibuni. Shoshin Nagamine of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu a student of Soken Matsumura, Kosaku Matsumora and Choki Motobu.

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