|Knuckle strike to ear|
The group studied advanced techniques in an ancient form (kata) known as "gojushiho" of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu which translates as “54 steps”. The form contains secret strikes and throws of various master instructors from Okinawa a few centuries ago.
Katas were developed by Okinawans hundreds of years ago as living encyclopedias of self-defense applications and Zen that included strengthening exercise, balance exercises, blocks, kicks, strikes, throws, weapon defenses, body hardening exercises and pressure point strikes.
The World Headquarters for Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate in Mesa, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate is open to the public. Classes in self-defense, Okinawan Karate, kobudo (weapons) are taught to adults and family. The school and headquarters offers the top-rated karate classes in Phoenix.
When I recently traveled to Gillette Wyoming, Seiyo Shorin-Ryu students trained in body hardening and focus. Prior to traveling to Gillette, my students in Arizona had a chance to break rocks with their hands. Such training is only taught to Shorin-Ryu students who demonstate a knowledge of respect for one another because of the extreme training. Such training has been part of the Shorin-Ryu system for centuries, but have been forgotten by many schools in recent years.