STUDY ANCIENT AND MODERN KATA
LEARN BASIC SELF-DEFENSE KARATE THROWS, LOCKS, AND CHOKES
APPLY KATA MOVEMENTS IN SELF-DEFENSE CIVILIAN COMBAT
LEARN MATSUBAYASHI SHORIN RYU FOUNDED BY MASTER SHOSHIN NAGAMINE
TRAIN IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT OKINAWAN MASTERS
The Shorin Ryu Karate Academy currently meets on the campus of Grove City College, offering training opportunities for students and staff through the course PHYE 290: Studies in Karate as well as through the Grove City College Martial Arts Club. We train specifically in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, a traditional Okinawan karate system created by Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine.
We emphasize practical applications of kihon (basic techniques) and kata (pre-set arrangement of self-defense moves intended for solo training). Classes typically include:
We intentionally include variety in our training: solo practice, partner drills, pad drills, basic break falls and rolls, basic takedowns and throws (where they appear in the kata). Our training philosophy is to build as comprehensive a training matrix as possible. We acknowledge that every drill or activity has a basic flaw, but by engaging a variety of drills in a training matrix, we can compensate for those various flaws and train effectively without injuring ourselves or our training partners.
We welcome people from a wide range of karate and martial arts training backgrounds, from beginners with no martial arts training to experienced martial artists. Our core curriculum is Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu karate, and we enthusiastically share the heritage of Okinawan karate with all who are interested in seriously studying this dynamic and historic martial art.