The information here was written by Sensei Miller, to give a prospective student an idea of why the martial arts is important – why the Isshinryu style of karate is important – and why our dojo could be a place you would want to be part of.
Why Martial Arts?
Learning the martial arts is about more than just kicking, punching, and breaking boards. Those who truly understand martial arts know that training is about becoming a better person through hard work, dedication, and camaraderie with fellow students. Discipline, respect, confidence, and the ability to focus are the tenants of mental training. Physically, the student becomes more fit and learns to defend himself/herself quickly and efficiently. Training for the sake of training, and not for a belt rank or a trophy, the student learns how to adapt what he/she learns in the dojo to all aspects of life.
Why Isshinryu Karate?
Isshinryu is an Okinawan karate style developed by Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku in the 1950’s. This style is quick, powerful, and fairly easy to learn due to its use of natural body mechanics and elimination of fancy techniques. Short, natural stances, use of snapping kicks and punches, blocking with the muscle rather than bone, and a knowledge of grappling make Isshinryu a complete and highly effective system of self defense and physical activity.
Why Dillsburg Karate Academy?
The Dillsburg Karate Academy is a community school that stresses family, education, and becoming a better person while maintaining a high level of fitness and martial training. Rates are affordable and family plans are available. All uniforms, weapons, and gear can be purchased through the school. At the Dillsburg Karate Academy, everyone is a student, and everyone is a teacher. All students train and learn together, whether they are the newest white belt or the senior black belt. We all believe in the development of ourselves as people first, and fighters second. The Dillsburg Karate Academy is about training the heart and mind first, and the body second.