We study an Okinawan style of karate called Isshin-ryu. It's a practical style, very popular among military personnel stationed on the island and widely practiced here and around the world.
Isshin-ryu techniques are notably not acrobatic, but rather are combat oriented. However, the true distinction of the style lies not in technique, but in its philosophy.
According to founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku, "No matter the style, anyone who practices karate wholeheartedly is practicing Isshin-ryu."
The symbol "Megami no (Goddess of) Isshinryu" contains elements that represent the higher purposes of our training which include, calm in the face of danger, balancing power and gentleness, keeping power hidden until required, reverence for teachers (elders), wisdom, aspiration...
Training in traditional Okinawan weapons is also taught to our advanced students. Also combat oriented, we use it as an additional vehicle for studying the concepts contained in budo (martial way of living).