ISKU – International Shito Ryu Karatedo Union
Shitoryu Karate-do is a traditional and recognized worldwide Karate style. Speed, flexibility and agility are at the heart of Shitoryu Karate using mental focus and discipline. Zen and Budo Spirit complement the Shitoryu Karate “body-mind-spirit” principle. Karate is the classical art of weaponless self-defense; it literally translates as “The method of the empty hands”. The practice of karate develops you physically, spiritually and emotionallly. Training the mind and body together results in more productive benefits as opposed to monotonous exercise routines found in most fitness gyms. Some of the direct attributes of Karate:
Fitness and Overall Health: Karate training improves flexibility, strength, coordination, and endurance of an individual. Karate’s punches, thrusts, kicks, blocks, sweeps and throws tone the whole body in an explosive and dynamic workout.
Stress Reduction: In addition to the stress reducing benefits of any physical activity, Karate also improves concentration and awareness of mental attitudes that can cause stress.
Self-Confidence: While all physical activities improves feelings of well-being, Traditional Karate places special emphasis on building character, and focuses on increasing self-confidence, awareness, and perseverance through repetitive physical and mental exercises.
Self-Defense: Traditional Karate is the best martial art for self-defense because it focuses on actual defense skills rather than sport oriented techniques that are found to be impractical and inefficient in actual combative situations.
Mental Benefits; discipline, courtesy, respect, perserverence, humility, confidence, self esteem, and awareness.
This is the way of karate-do