Karate (Kobayashi Ryu)
Shōrin-ryū (小林流?) comes from Okinawa, Japan and is one of the major modern Okinawan martial arts. It was founded by Choshin Chibana in 1933 and came to this country in the early 1960’s.
Karate was created from a merger of Chinese kung-fu (Quan-Fa) and the indigenous Okinawan art, Ti (or Di), meaning hand. In fact, “Shorin” is the Japanese pronunciation of “Shaolin”. Students are instructed according to traditional Okinawan technique involving the use of hands, feet, knees and elbow. This style of karate emphasizes kata (traditional forms) in which the students learn to combine blocking and offensive techniques. Additional training involves circle, line and floor exercises as well as self-defense tactics.
We teach this traditional martial art in a modern and progressive way. By incorporating Western Boxing, Jiu-jitsu with Karate and other martial arts, our fundamentals are unique and dynamic. Kids, teens and adults alike, learn in a fun and engaging environment.
Yoga (Mind Body, Spirit)
The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.