Shorinji-Ryu Kenkokan

Description of Shorinji-Ryu Kenkokan


Okinawa plays a great role in shaping the foundation if the martial arts world and is one of the great cultural influences in martial arts aside from China. Okinawa-te which means "Okinawa Hand" or "Okinawa Technique" was the Okinawan system of defending one's self and fighting against an attacker. Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate is a style of karate that branched out from the styles created some 2000 years ago. Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate was founded by Kori Hisataka shortly after World War II. It is influenced and based on Okinawan karate, Okinawan kobudo, Judo, Aikijutsu and Chinese Bajiquan. This style also brought significant changes, improvement and other influences to karate training. This includes but are not limited to:

  • Using a follow through motion to use the whole body when executing a technique
  • Kicks using the heel
  • Tate Ken (vertical fist)
  • The use of protective gear during practice to minimize injuries while allowing the student or practitioner to maximize his skills and power without worrying too much about his/her sparring partner
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