World Yoshukai Karate is recognized for extensive physical training, self-defense, self-control and respect for oneself and others. World Yoshukai students are noted for their perseverance, loyalty, dedication, respectful manners and strong hearts.
World Yoshukai Karate was founded by Master Yamamoto. Master Yamamoto began karate at the age of twelve working out with a friend and learning the basic skills of the art. At age 15 he began serious training in Chito-Ryu Karate, under Master Chitose the founder of Chito-Ryu and the former student of the famous Master Gichin Funakashi who began the Okinawan Karate.
He trained faithfully and at age 22 became the number one practitioner in Japan in 1960. He retired undefeated as the All Japan Karate Champion in 1961. At this time, he also achieved the position of Master. During the following year, he founded the first school of Yoshukai Karate which became recognized as a true Martial Art in 1963.
Kobudo or "the way of weapons."
In the 1600s the Japanese invaded and conquered Okinawa. Under Japanese rule the Okinawan people were forced to give up all weapons. In desperation the Okinawan people developed methods of using farming implements as weapons to defend themselves against the Samurai. The methods and weapons were so effective that they have changed little over years.
Traditional weapons of Okinawa are taught in the Yoshukai Dojos. Since the weapons are merely an extension of the body, emphasis is first placed on karate training, allowing the weapons to naturally fall into place. For this reason, nunchakus are first taught at green belt level and the bo at the brown belt level. After attaining black belt level and having established a solid foundation in karate, the sai, tonfa, and samurai sword will then be taught. Since the weapons become more difficult to master as you progress in rank, continuous training is necessary to stay proficient.
- Class time is: 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.
- Class days are: Tuesday and Thursday
- Class costs: are $40 a month
- Phone: 850-890-1983
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- Located at: 1900 W. 11th Street, Panama City, Fl. 32401