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Karate-do is Japanese for “the way of the empty hand”. Kara means “hand”, te means “empty” and do means “way”. Do also signifies the physical and psychological aspects of our art.
Chito-ryu is an Okinawan style of Karate founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose. Chito-ryu translates as the “1000 year old Chinese (Tang Dynasty) style. The style was officially founded in 1946.
Anyone 6 years of age or older committed to learning bushido (the way of the warrior) in an environment of shugio (austere discipline) is welcomed to join.
Karate-do is a life long journey, a combination of self-discipline and respect, as much mental as it is physical. You can learn to defend yourself both physically as well as increase your flexibility, strength and self confidence.
You will be asked to observe 1-2 classes and speak to an instructor before joining.
Once you become a member of Yoseikan Cincinnati you will need to purchase a gi (uniform), which is the traditional uniform of Karate. These should be ordered through the Yoseikan Cincinnati office.
With Karate training you can work around your physical limitations where if something in the training is not good for you, we can modify/adjust if necessary. Your only competition is with yourself.
Note: Many arrive with preconceived notions about what they can and cannot do. Be cautious and ensure that you aren't presenting excuses and unsubstantiated claims. Growth often comes from overcoming mental anxiety that presents in many excuses. Many of these students are surprised at what they can do, versus focusing on what they cannot do.
The general rule is: It is your body and you know it best, so when training, be aware of anything that may upset your injury. In principle, Karate training strengthens the back muscles, and the muscles and tendons around the shoulders and knees. However, if you contemplate starting Karate as a beginner, it is better not to exacerbate existing problems with a new sport that contains movements that you’re not familiar with.
If you have minor physical problems that may or may not interfere with your training ability, let your instructor know before training so that your safety and physical health is ensured.
If you are fit enough to walk into the dojo then you are fit enough to begin training. Karate will provide you with the skills necessary such as improved flexibility, coordination, balance, muscle strength and muscle tone, and for most, a reduction in body fat. Dedicated students experience improvement with each class.
The injury risk in Karate is usually lower than in most other sports. Contact is kept to a minimum and is controlled for the safety of all students. However, an occasional lump or bruise can occur. Major injuries are not the norm.