There is only one of us here in this classic karate style. As we move our bodies through the warm ups, the forms, the cross decks and the partner exercises we feel an inner calm. Within the learned boundaries of silence, distance and respect, a karate class becomes a moving meditation. Over the months and years, the student matures and the technique become internalized. Breathe and relax, hit hard and focus and the only sound is the count in Japanese or the words: “Arigato” and “Oh-na-guy she mas” (thank and please teach me), over and over never ending. During a karate practice of a traditional karate style, we enjoy a sense of peace and freedom. In our Shorin-Ryu style, we do not participate in tournaments. The only one you compete with is yourself. The rewards are in the daily practice of this gift from Okinawa, brought here by Ansei Ueshiro in 1962.