Martial Arts / Karate Do / Health

What is a martial art? In Roman mythology, Mars is the god of war so any fighting art (or war art) was known to European culture as a martial art (or "art of Mars"). To be very general, most European-sourced fighting styles tend to be closed-handed (fist) while many Asian-sourced fighting styles tend to be open-handed or mixed.

Asian Martial Arts (10,000 foot view)

There are many Martial Arts but this webpage follows one thread of Asian martial arts (origins) as it flowed from India, to China, to Okinawa, to Japan, to America.

Who B D Text
Bodhidharma 482 539 Zen Buddhist Monk who took Buddhism (and martial arts) from India to China
  • some sources say he walked (from India to China?); other sources say he went by ship
  • According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the Shaolin monks which led to the creation of Shaolinquan (Shaolin Kung Fu)
Higaonna Kanryo 1853 1916 Okinawan Te master who visits China then merges Chinese Kung fu with Okinawan Te into Okinawan Karate
Funakoshi Gichin 1868 1957 brings Okinawan Te to Japan then develops Shotokan Karate
Miyagi Chojun 1888 1953 develops Okinawan Karate into Okinawan Goju-ryu (hard/soft school)
Gogen Yamaguchi 1909 1989 continues to develop Japanese Goju-ryu
Richard Kim 1917 2001 Born in the Territory of Hawaii (before it became a US state), Kim learned judo and some Karate as a child. After World War 2 he lived for seven years in Japan teaching Okinawan Kobudo and Shōrinji-ryū. He introduced one of his students, Peter Urban, to Masutatsu Oyama and Gogen Yamaguchi
Peter Urban 1934 2004 Served with the American occupation forces in Japan during the decade following World War 2
Brings Goju-ryu from Japan to America then develops American Goju which morphs into GoJu USA

Canadian Go-Ju

caveat: Eastern Asian names are almost always presented "surname first"

Karate Do (Empty Handed Way -or- Way of the Empty Hand)

Dojo Kun: a gift from Chogun Miyagi (B-T-P-B-T-L-D-C)

Hitotsu (each item has equal importance)

Six paths to better Kata (B-E-F-K-P-T)

Karate Belt Colors

Popular Quotes:

Learn more ways to preserve rather than destroy;
     Avoid rather than check;
     Check rather than hurt;
     Hurt rather than maim;
     Maim rather then kill;
All life is precious nor can it be replaced.
                           -- Master Khan to Grasshopper

Grasshopper: Master, I am troubled; We learn to make powerful our bodies yet we are taught to reverence all against whom we may use such force.
Master Khan: When your life is threatened, or the innocent life of another, you will be prepared to defend them.
Grasshopper: Being thus prepared better than others, should I not always stand and fight?
Master Khan: Ignore the insulting tongue; duck the provoking blow; run from the assault of the straw.
Grasshopper: Are these not the actions of a coward?
Master Khan: The wild boar runs from the tiger knowing that each being well armed by nature with deadly strength, may kill the other. Running, he saves his own life and that of the tiger. This is not cowardice, this is the love of life.

My Karate Training (Integrated with Weight Lifting)


Here is the recommended way to train with weights (I only show arm curls but this works for every body part):

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Junior Karate Belts

Senior Karate Belts

My Black Belt (shodan) Karate-Kobudo Grading

Okay so every Karate club is different but this is what happened at my Black Belt (shodan) Karate-Kobudo grading



Lessons Learned (my advice to you)

A plug for "My Karate Dojo" in Kitchener - Waterloo

The fist of Chojun Miyagi
Karate Do
Goju Ryu
Robitaille's Academy of Martials Arts (RAMA)Animated Dragon; The dragon is our mascot because it never admits defeat
329 Kings St. E
Kitchener, Ontario N2G-2L2
telephone: 519-743-4800
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Neil Rieck
Kitchener - Waterloo - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.