Shuri Ryu Karate Do

Shuri Ryu Karate Do is an authentic Okinawan/ Chinese martial art which incorporates various methods of empty-handed self defense. This system is known for its detailed striking, footwork and body mechanics. Shuri Ryu utilizes throws, joint locks and chokes as well. Karate Do, the way of the empty hand, stresses character development as the art encompasses mind, body and spirit training.

Ju-Jitsu has its roots as an empty-handed samurai art in ancient Japan. Ju-Jitsu, the gentle art, was one method the samurai used for close quarter combat. This particular style of Ju-Jitsu is known for its striking methods and detailed joint locks. Ju-Jitsu incorporates throwing, sweeping, joint locking, choking and grappling when it is necessary to defend from the ground. There is a strong emphasis on preparing the student for every type of attack we can imagine. This art is focused on mind, body and spirit development as well.

At Shuhari we teach Shuri Ryu Karate Do, an Okinawan/ Chinese based martial art which incorporates various methods of empty-handed self defense. Founded by Osensei Robert Trias, who brought martial arts to the United States in 1946, this system has since been propagated throughout the world. Shuri Ryu is known for its detailed striking and blocking methods, footwork and body mechanics. The trademark of Shuri Ryu is the sophisticated punching in the system. Our Karate utilizes throws, joint locks, chokes and grappling methods, as well. Karate do, the way of the empty hand, places a high priority on character development, humility and self control. Karate training ,like Ju-Jitsu, is taught as a way of life.

The history of Okinawan Karate is vague and shrouded in mystery due to the absence of written records. Its creation was the result of centuries of development and influence from many different sources and circumstances. The ancient, indigenous martial arts of Okinawa were known as Te (hand). This self defense system involved the use of empty hand tactics and grappling methods, and was employed as a warrior art.

With the introduction of the Chinese culture to the Ryukyu Islands, came the influence of Kung Fu, the boxing systems of China. These were known as Tode in Okinawa. Many well-known martial arts masters visited Okinawa, bringing with them their knowledge and expertise in unarmed combat. Likewise, many of the famous Okinawan masters traveled to China to receive instruction in the ways of Tode.

Okinawa was subjugated to rule by various foreign oppressors throughout the years. Thus, it became a necessity to practice the arts in secrecy. Originally a warrior's art in Okinawa, Okinawa Te eventually became an art handed down from father to son for several generations via oral instruction and physical training. In later years, Karate, as it came to be known, began to have an emphasis on character development and a focus on the body, mind and spirit of its practitioners.

All who train Karate Do with sincerity, commitment, and integrity may claim this heritage as their own.


Class Schedule
Kids Karate:
Mon & Wed 4:40 to 5:30
Tue, Thu, Fri 5:35 to 6:25
(Ages 10-14) Kids Karate:
Mon, Wed, & Fri 5:35 to 6:25
Adult Ju-Jutsu:
Mon & Wed 7:40 to 8:45
Adult Karate:
Mon & Wed 6:30 to 7:30
Mixed Adult Karate & Ju-Jutsu
Thu 7:40 to 8:45 
Fitness Class
Fri 6:35 to 7:20

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