The style of karate practiced in our dojo is Traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, as developed hundreds of years ago in the village of Shuri, Okinawa, Japan. It is also sometimes referred to as Kobayashi-Ryu. Approximately 80% of all karate systems in the world today were derived from the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate system. This classical system of martial arts uses both hands and feet evenly for a well-rounded system of self defense. Self defense is taught through a deeper understanding of the Shorinkan kata known as bunkai. Bunkai (pronounced boon-ki [long i sound]) is the “Practical Application” of a move in a kata. We place much emphasis on this. There are virtually unlimited applications to any particular move. We encourage our students to “think outside the box.” If one studies kata and bunkai on a continual basis, it helps prepares you for any situation.
Our martial arts program provides overall conditioning for men, women and children regardless of age, sex, occupation or physical ability. Anyone can benefit from karate and martial arts training. Each student trains and progresses at their own pace with personal attention from the instructor(s). Traditional karate has something to offer everyone. It is as unique as the individuals who study traditional Karate or Kobudo. The many aspects of martial arts training: self defense, self confidence, physical conditioning and self-discipline are all tailored to the individual needs of the student.
We focus on elementary karate skills, flexibility, muscular and cardiovascular development, basic self defense and basic Japanese language. This gives the student a good foundation for advancement to a more complex and demanding training schedule.
Beginner Level Kata
Fukyu Kata Ichi
Fukyu Kata Ni
Geki Sai Dai Ni
Fukyu Kata Sandan
This class begins the deeper study of kata (form or predetermined moves), more aggressive self-defense techniques, jujitsu, advanced kicking and punching and includes a more rigorous workout.
Intermediate Level Kata
Here we study kata in great depth and begin investigation into advanced technique, advanced bunkai, and a much more demanding physical fitness program.
Advanced Level Kata
Expert Level Kata
Shorinkan Family Karate Canon City, Colorado
Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Belt Ranking System
Different Shorinkan schools may have slight variations on the colors they use to distinguish belt rankings. At Shorinkan Family Karate we use the following system:
White Belt – 9th Kyu
Yellow Belt – 8th Kyu – Levels 3, 2, 1
Orange Belt – 7th Kyu – Levels 3, 2, 1
Blue Belt – 6th Kyu – Levels 3, 2, 1
Purple Belt – 5th Kyu – Levels 3, 2, 1
Green Belt – 4th Kyu – Levels 3, 2, 1
Brown Belt – 3rd Kyu
Middle Brown Belt – 2nd Kyu
High Brown Belt – 1st Kyu
Black Belt – 1st Degree – Shodan 2nd Degree – Nidan 3rd Degree – Sandan etc…
Get Started Today
To get started fill out the registration form available below, or stop into the dojo during normal class times. To help you get going in Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate we offer a three month start up package. The cost is $199 and it includes: 3 months of karate, a uniform(gi) and your first belt test. Tuition is regularly $65/month. Gambate!