Michigan Suibukan - Shorin-Ryu, Kobudo and Suikendo


It is not theory alone that will enable one to attain and retain proficiency in Okinawan karate-do. It takes constant practice and devotion. Okinawan karate-do training employs a scientific sequence that allows one to progress gradually, but surely. This system has been developed only through the experience and knowledge of the past masters of Okinawan karate-do. It is based upon principles that have withstood the tests of time.

Most beginners try to learn the techniques too quickly, and in turn, they overload their minds and too often do not learn anything. Constant repetition of the basic techniques is necessary, and is the only way you can develop form, speed, strength and endurance. It is also the only way that you can build a strong foundation for the advanced techniques that will follow. It is better to develop one technique at a time, so that the actions become permanent mind and body reflexive actions. Furthermore, each technique has a definite connection and we find that perfecting one enables us to learn the next one more easily. Therefore, don't rush your training. Develop patience and discipline. Instill these traits within yourself. Develop a calm mind and don't allow yourself to get excited. Be courteous and, above all, be serious in your training.

You then begin to lay the foundation to eventual mastery of the art of Okinawan karate-do. You should first learn how to stand and move correctly while holding your body erect and breathing properly. One then begins a lengthy period of physical conditioning that should be designed to develop endurance, strength and flexibility while simultaneously learning the basic techniques of your style. The basic techniques in Okinawan karate-do are many and varied. For example, in the hand techniques, there are more than 10 ways to punch, 7 ways to strike and 15 ways to block. Add to this the use of the feet, the stances and the various ways of maneuvering, and we find that there are many basic techniques.

As the saying goes, a strong house is built on a strong foundation. Constant repetition of your karate-do basic techniques is the only way to develop and retain strong karate-do technique at all levels. Even at the most advanced levels we must remember this.