Empty Cat stance from Okinawan Karate

At DharmaWay Dojo we teach the oldest know form of Karate – the Matsumura style from Okinawa – which traces its roots back to the founder of all Karate, Bushi Matsumura.

Bushi taught his grandson Nabe Matsumura, who taught his nephew Hohan Soken, who taught Shihan Allen’s teachers who taught him.

Shihan Allen serves as the New Zealand Director of the A.O.O.M.K.A. Karate Association and has been inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He currently holds a Shihan (Master) Certificate from the organization along with a fifth Dan black belt rank.

When studying with us you will enjoy learning how this art teaches you to move, along with its practicality and adaptability. You will learn the oldest katas of Okinawan Shorin Ryu, and Master Allen is considered an expert in teaching the applications referred to as Bunkai in the art.

We teach you how to understand the difference between the ritual forms of the katas and how to recognize and apply the animal forms inherent in them; Crane, Tiger, Snake, Leopard and Dragon. We also teach the concept of quantum linkage, the methodology of learning the bunkai, and how to perceive the applications in the most efficient manner.

Forms or Katas Taught along with 30 specific Kihon (Basic Exercises) and 5 blocks and counters:

  • Pinan Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan
  • Naihanchi Shodan, Nidan and Sandan
  • Passia Sho and Passai Dai
  • Chinto, Kusanku, Rohai, Gojushijho, and Hakutsuru

Weapons Katas Taught

  • Bo (Okinawan Staff) Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, and a two person set known as Bo Kumite.
  • Sai Shodan, Nidan and Sandan
  • Kama Shodan
  • Tonfa Shodan,
  • Nunchuku Shodan.

These weapons also consist of the applications and usage of the Kobuton as well as the cane or walking stick.

The highest rank available to earn here at this time is 4th degree black belt. Come and get your black belt in the oldest and most respected branch of Okinawan Martial Arts, the Matsumura lineage.

What are you waiting for?

Come watch or participate in a class at no cost or obligation. You will love the way it balances your energy while strengthening and adding more function to your body/mind.

Call 03 322 9596 or email us to find out more.