Bushido Kenkyukai - Karate

Bushido Kenkyukai is a Japanese Martial & Cultural Arts center. We have Youth and Adult classes is Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and various periodic cultural workshops

A Traditional Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate School. Youth Class 5:30 - 6:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays Adult Class 6:30 - 8 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays *Covid Safety adjusted 6:30 - 7:30pm Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese. As its name implies, it is a style of martial art that uses uses weaponless techniques such as punching and kicking.

Open with service changes; Online services available

New sign, old one was looking really bad. Here's to new beginnings. 😊

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[08/03/20]   July 30th Health Order allows us to resume all of our in person classes!!!

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Japan Culture Spotlight

【Goju-no-to, Various types of Five-stored pagodas in Japan】
Today we prepared photos of some kinds of Japanese Buddhism pagodas.

Five-storied pagoda is one of the forms of pagoda. Among the pagodas in the tower style, Goju-no-to is the one with a five-fold roof.

From the bottom to the sky, each roof expresses five major elements, earth (chi), water (sui), fire (ka), wind (hu) and void (ku). And they as a whole represent Buddhist view of the world.

1. Hasedera temple, Nara prefecture
2. Toji temple, Kyoto (inariage.com)
3. Daigoji temple, Kyoto
4. Kohukuji temple, Nara prefecture
5. Haguroyama, Yamagata prefecture


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Samurai History & Culture Japan

Owari Gusoku.

In the mid 1550's, Oda Nobunaga had set his sights on conquering the nation. To do so required larger armies, and so he developed a strong, effective, yet cheaper set of armor that could be made quickly.

His armor craftsmen created what became known as Owari Do, or Owari Gusoku A simple 2 piece okegawa-do barrel shaped body armor made of 4 horizontal strips of torso hugging steel called Naga-gawa, riveted to 2 horizontal plates of chest covering mae-tateage, and topped by the mune-ita, a plate covering the upper chest. The lack of lacing made crafting faster, it lessened the amount of time and overall work required, and made maintenance easier too.

7 plates of steel made the sode shoulder guards which were fastened to the kote sleeves. The left and right kote were worn tied together under the armour.
Around the base of the Owari Do, like most sets of samurai armor, hung 6 sets of 4 gessan, or kusazuri plates to protect the hips and upper thighs.

Higher ranked samurai may have been provided with, or purchased upper leg protectors called haidate, worn like an apron below the Do. The set may have included simple shin guards called suneate, and topped with a simple Zunari kabuto helmet and either a nodowa throat protector or a hoo-ate or men-po-o face guard.

The armour cost about 6 Ryo per set (10 Ryo was the modern equivalent of 240万円, or $24,000)

Samurai of the Owari region often wore this kind of armor, and some very fine examples owned by the Owari Tokugawa clan can often be seen displayed in the Tokugawa Art Museum.

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[07/10/20]   Congratulations to Nick our new Yellow belt

[07/07/20]   It is sad seeing so many martial arts schools permanently closing due to Covid-19 shutdowns.
Our hearts ache for our fellow martial artist.

The Real Miyagi

Have a great 4TH of July everyone!

U.S. Association of Martial Artists

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

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Chuck Norris

Happy 4th of July / Independence Day! Hopefully your day will be filled with fun, family, friends & great food.

As you celebrate the holiday, please take a moment to remember the price our founding fathers & all of our military men / women paid for our freedom.

God bless, Chuck & Gena Norris.


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[07/01/20]   Congratulations to Ikaika our new Orange belt!

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[06/26/20]   Congratulations to Liam our new yellow belt!

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Our Story

Bushido Kenkyukai is a traditional Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate School that started in 2003. Bushido means "Way of the Warrior", Kenkyukai means "Research Society". The mission of Bushido Kenkyukai is self improvement through the study and practice of Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts and traditions.

The 7 virtues of Bushido are expected to be followed at all times: Discipline, Respect, Courage, Honor, Integrity, Loyalty, and Benevolence. We follow a traditional structure with Japanese Dojo Etiquette, the Sempai – Kohai relationship, and formal rank testing. Our students are required to learn general martial arts history, tradition, and school lineage. Self-defense is a strong part of our core program.

Youth Class 5:30 - 6:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays Adult Class 6:30 - 8 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays

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