Being grounded on the physical plane is essential to meditation. Sitting in the stillness calms the mind and can easily melt tension in the body. In karate, before and after every class we sit in meditation. For some of us, this is the best part of a class. Too often we never take the time […]Read more
Have you ever wanted to do karate but never thought you had the time or the money?
Welcome to the Merritt Island Okinawan Karate School. Are you curious about learning a classical and traditional Okinawan karate style? Then come visit our dojo. We are the kinder gentler karate school. Perfect for families, children or anyone who wants better health and stamina. The classes are small and personal with private assistance available. You can expect a safe experience and to learn all this and more:
- 19 Shorin-Ryu Kata
- Injury Free No Contact Training
- Bo Kata
- Safe & Vigorous Workout
- Mind Body Discipline
Who can take a karate class?
- If you can sit on the floor and then stand up...
- If you can walk...
- If you can make a tight fist...
- If you are free spirited and willing to learn something new!
The reasons for joining a karate school are varied and run the gamete of feel good, loose weight, self-defense, learn something new, make some new friends, get stronger, develop a positive habit, on the bucket list etc. Once enrolled in our school and even before the new student enters an on going class, Sensei Judy, the owner, will take […]Read more
Four beginner students tested Thursday night, ranging in age 7, 11, 12 and 30. Two male and two female all awarded certificates and tip. Like a piano recital, parents and friends watched. Testing for one green tip is an important step on the way to Blackbelt. The student is asked to show respect and follow directions: […]Read more
Thank you to: Valorie Michael Michael’s dad (Shane) Randy and DylanPhotos embedded and attached. This post appeared on my facebook page. A blast from the past 2013: We will be doing it again this Saturday May 4th! Wear work clothes to the 10AM class and bring your garden gloves. We will feed you at the […]Read more
BIG MAN WALKING KNOWS NO GATE Favorite expression from a Kanji art work that hangs in our dojo. Sensei Eddie Garcia: September 7, 1938 – June 13, 2008. I think of him often! The life of the party…always with a story. He told me once when I had my vitamin business that he could live […]Read more
Looking for a traditional style karate school located in Merritt Island, Florida? You will love our dojo! Shorin-Ryu karate is a traditional style which originates from Okinawa. The school has several instructors who teach kata, pre-arranged fighting, bo kata and physical fitness regimens during a 1 hour class. Students are encouraged to attend at least […]Read more
Snapping turtle: This week we will explore how a turtle defends itself. A brief Q & A about our own observations of turtles and how they defend themselves and what turtles have in common with our karate techniques. Then we will become the turtle and get up and move. Pictures of these exercises will follow […]Read more
Every January, at the Okinawan Karate Dojo, located at 1755 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, we enjoy the animal of the week. We recall first hand observations of how an animal is built and how this animal would defend itself. We exchange ideas on how we see/think/feel about this animal, just like how karate evolved in China in the Shaolin Temple. Next […]Read more
In our dojo if a student is too young to drive then we give them a jr. black belt, when it comes time to be promoted to the coveted level of Black belt. All children wear a white stripe on their belts as they attain the lower levels of green and brown. Master Ueshiro wanted […]Read more
Promotion was held on Jetty Park, Sunday, November 20th. Five Black belts attended. We promoted Vinicio to Sho-dan Black belt, Shorin-Ryu Karate USA under the direction of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro. Testing lasted several hours and ended with a trip to Mcdonalds!Read more