Sensei Barnhart teaches the Thursday night class here at the Okinawan Karate Dojo, 1755 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. Mostly adults and in addition to kata (forms) and pre-arranged fighting, and weapons, we also do sit-ups and other floor exercises. Our padded deck is easy on the back and on the feet. Flat on the back is a great way to release tension from the shoulders and the neck. In the summertime the air-conditioner takes the edge off and keeps the deck dry. With the change of seasons we use the outdoor deck and sometimes we travel to the beach or the park across the street. The main thing is to just keep showing up. After a hard day in the work world, the karate deck is like coming home. The sensei always greets you with a warm “Welcome home” if you’ve been out of town or otherwise not in the dojo.