For all future students: WELCOME!
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of one's character."
The Heijoshin Karate Dojo teaches
traditional Goju Ryu Karate and is a member of the Japan Karate Federation Goju
Kai under the Seiwa Kai organization. The name Heijoshin literally
means "everyday spirit", implying that what the student learns in the
Dojo transfers directly into their everyday life. Goju Ryu, literally
"the way of hard and soft" is one of the four main styles of Japanese/Okinawan
karate and is known and respected throughout the world.
The Dojo is a place of
experiential learning. The body and mind will learn many lessons through
training. It is important to retain the concept of "beginner's
mind" to remain open to the process. The knowledge is both empirical
and experiential and all start at the bottom. Men and women do equally
well in our art and are treated equally. It
is important to leave the ego at the door upon bowing into the Dojo.
There is a level of commitment
and seriousness that defines the study of any martial art. Every aspect of
your training should be approached with mature consideration. The
traditional martial arts, while teaching you to effectively defend yourself, are
as concerned with the quality of your character as with the power of your
techniques. Interestingly, the two seem to go hand-in-hand. With
power we learn respect and responsibility so we do not misuse that power.
Being tough is one thing; being tough and having good character is a benefit to
Being tough is one thing; being tough and having good character is a benefit to society.
Welcome to our website and thank
you for your interest. Please feel free to observe a class or schedule an
appointment to discuss your training goals and how we might help you achieve
them. I hope you will enjoy karate training for many years, and that your
experience will be as rewarding as my own.
Sensei James Pounds