What is Karate?
Empty hand fighting is as old as man itself. Innumerable systemised forms of empty hand fighting have been developed all over the world, each reflecting a little of the national culture. That which we call karate is just one of them.
Depending on which source you refer to for a background on the Martial Arts, you may find many different versions. It is generally accepted that the forerunner of karate originated in India and went to China through the teachings of the Buddhist monk Bhoddidharma (Daruma Taishi). From there it spread to Okinawa, where it was developed and systemised, finally moving to Japan, where it formally introduced in 1922 by the Okinawan master Gichin Funakoshi . It was here in Japan that it was popularised. From Japan, karate now has spread across the world.
Karate is a Martial Art, with a unique history, philosophy and set of techniques. Karate can be practised in the dojo as well as outdoors. It can be practised in the hot sun or in the deep snow. Each season gives its own flavour to karate training, and each season imposes its own challenges to our physical and mental abilities. Karate is also a way of life, a way of being. A karate-ka deals fully with the present moment, being totally absorbed in one action only. A true Karate-ka seeks balance and harmony in his or her life; the karate-ka develops a strong body and spirit so as to better serve others.
Karate is not something with which to win a competition, nor is it something to make a strong exponent stronger still; on a much larger scale it teaches the WAY OF HUMANITY. It is something that enable people who learn karate to further develop their character; thus each person is able to make a marvellous contribution to society. Technique rather than force, spirit rather than technique. Sincerity is the way to heaven. Making this a sincere belief is the way of mankind.
This school practises the Inoue-Ha Shito Ryu style of karate.
INOUE-HA SHITO-RYU KEISHIN KAI
Inoue-ha Shito-ryu Keishin-kai (ISK) was formed in 2005 and by its founder, Soke Yoshimi Inoue (1946-2015).This site is dedicated to preserving his legacy and serving the ISK family that spread around the globe thanks to him