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What is Shido-kan

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Okinawa is the birthplace of the arts of karate-do - a cultural treasure and oral tradition that has spread throughout the world and is practiced by millions.

Shido-kan is an Okinawan Shorin Ryu style of karate, and is based on natural body movements, making it very fluid and efficient.

There are a standard set of classical forms (for example, the Pinan and Naihanchi series of kata), drills and applications taught in the program with a focus on partner and group work to promote co-operation and friendship.

The widely read "Analects of Confucius" has from its earliest publishing been highly respected and has had a profound influence on the spiritual thinking of people in China, Japan and elsewhere. Grandmaster Miyahira relates that he took the name SHIDO from chapter seven, verse six in Book Four of the twenty volume collection, - which reads...

  • Determine in your heart to forever follow the way
  • Stay close to the sun of Virtue and do not stray
  • Trust in the power of Benevolence for support

Take pleasure from these abilities
The philosophy of this passage means "Enjoy the abilities you develop in your training, but also use them as a means to perceive greater abilities, namely, benevolence. Benevolent kindness will be a rock that you can lean on in difficult times; and virtue will protect you from the rain like an umbrella if you do not forget to keep it with you." And of course, never, never stop practicing.

Therefore, the meaning of SHIDO is that the physical discipline of practicing Karate builds character and is the starting point from which you can develop a higher form of kindness. And one must never give up trying to actualize this virtue and bring it into your life, right here and right now, to make of yourself a person worthy of emulation. Thus, Shido-kan means the dojo; the place dedicated to building a kind and benevolent character through the practice of Karate.

  • Benevolence = With love as the foundation, to be virtuous and gentle of spirit to all people
  • Virtue = the way in which you conduct yourself during life (your character)
  • Excellence = The Master, or Sensei, is a cultured individual of wisdom and worthy of society's respect.

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