To all future students: WELCOME!
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of one's character."
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
society. The founder of Goju-Ryu Karatedo, Miyagi Chojun, believed
that karate practitioners should train to have hard bodies and strong spirit but
also have good hearts for service to their communities.
Being tough is one thing; being tough and having good character is a benefit to society. The founder of Goju-Ryu Karatedo, Miyagi Chojun, believed that karate practitioners should train to have hard bodies and strong spirit but also have good hearts for service to their communities.
The Heijoshin Karate Dojo teaches
traditional Goju-Ryu Karate and is a member of the Japan Karate Federation Gojukai under the Seiwakai organization. The name Heijoshin
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.
Men and women do equally well in our art and are treated equally. We do, however, pay special attention to the needs of women when it comes to self-defense. Seiwakai is not concerned with race, religion, color, or sexual orientation, as we have varied members from around the globe. We are most concerned that you act as a pillar of your community, are of good caliber, and are an example of right behavior to others. And we want you to be able to defend yourself as well as excel in the art or the sport of karatedo.
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. It
is important to leave the ego at the door upon bowing into the Dojo.
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