Have you have these concerns or thoughts?
“I want my kids to learn some sports, but is there any good sport club where you can learn not only techniques but also courtesy as well?”
“I worry about my frail child’s future. I want him to train his physical body, and learn a self-defensive technique.”
“There are many cases of injury to girls due to assault. Women also should know how to protect themselves. “
“I don’t get to exercise much. Is there any good place to work out when I have time?”
Soryu Karate can solve your concerns!
In Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate, one who masters Ryukyu martial arts (Ryukyu is an old name of Okinawa island) must be a trustworthy person dedicated to protecting the royalty and aristocracy of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Ryukyu Karate was never taught to men of bad character, even though some of them could perform it well. Teaching Karate to a person of bad character brings to mind the old Japanese saying, “Handing a sword to an insane person.” This would be unacceptable because, like a sword, Karate’s techniques can severely injure people. It would be unethical to teach Karate’s techniques to someone who has an evil mind or bad character. To do so would risk bringing harm to the world. Karate’s techniques can be useful to the world only when one with good character acquires the skills. This is why Karate teaches strict discipline.
In Soryu, the knowledge to learn is defined as “Teaching from 5 yen.” Soke taught us, “Like the rice stalk is shown on the surface of a 5 yen, the stronger you are, the higher your position becomes, the richer you are, the greater your authority is while still being humble.” “Be humble,” rather than “Be strong,” is a kernel of knowledge from Soryu.
The concept of “learning Soryu” is to create an environment where you do not fight first. In a situation where you’re forced to defend yourself you need to have strong enough techniques to be able to escape and avoid injury and danger.
If you are a beginner at Soryu, your mind and fists may be disharmonious, which is the state of “Human and fists”. As you learn over the years, you will reach a point of “Human, with no fists,” then you will eventually reach “Fighter with no fists,” in the midst of a chaotic world. This is the word from Soke Michio Koyasu, the originator of Soryu Karate.
Who invented Soryu Karate?
Michio Koyasu is the originator of Soryu Karate. Michio Koyasu developed and established Soryu Karate as the first Soke.
Where are Soryu Shibu Dojos located?
After Soke passed away, the Main Dojo in Saga is the only active Dojo in Japan. At one point in time there were 15 Shibu Dojos during the glory days. These disappeared over time due to the teachers aging and, in general, failing to raise the next generation’s instructors. However, since younger teachers are becoming established recently, we expect to have more Dojos opening.
There are five Shibu Dojos in New York and Texas in the U.S. We expect both countries to communicate well and for Soryu to spread.
What is the characteristics of Soryu’s training?
Okinawa Karate focused on “Kata” which is an individual training method, while Soryu uses Yakusoku Kumite in which two students spar with each other. Training with two people using offense and defense gives you more effective ways to acquire techniques compared with Kata. Soryu has 45 kinds of TaiSabaki (Body positioning), 30 kinds of Sanbon Kumite (Three point sparring), and 15 kinds of traditional martial arts in Yakusoku Kumite training. You will not see such a variety of Yakusoku Kumite in any other school.
When was Soryu Karate started?
Soryu was started when Soke Michio Koyasu moved from Tokyo to Matsuura-shi, Nagasaki prefecture in 1950. After he moved, he visited all the Dojos in every prefecture in Kyushu area over the next 10 years and continued to study Karate-Do. After he found the knowledge he was seeking he changed the school name to “Soryu.” This was in 1960.
What school is the root of Soryu?
Soke Michio Koyasu learned in the Toyama school at ShuDoKan (the hall for the study of the karate way) in Tokyo, and acquired his teaching license. The root of Soryu would be the Toyama school. Kanken Toyama was his Soke.
Does each Karate school has its own rule?
a) Sundome Kumite where you stop your punch, kick, or strike just before impact which is used in many Okinawa traditional Karate.
b) Full contact Kumite where Kyokushin Karate started.
c) Bogutsuki (using protective gear) Kumite recommended by Toyama school and Soryu Karate Soryu rules do not fall into any of the above styles, so we have something we call “Soryu Kumite.”
Where was Soryu taught?
The Soryu Main Dojo, SoRyuKan, was established in Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki prefecture in 1960. Sasebo-shi has the Japan Self-Defense Forces and a U.S. military base as well as people from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, Army corps, GI’s, and many others. Many of these people trained hard as Soryu students. Multiple black belt holders who were GI’s went back to the U.S. and started teaching Soryu Karate.
What is Okinawa Traditional Karate?
The originators of many schools today are engaged in Anko Itosu. This is why Itosu Sensei is called “The founding father of Karate’s restoration.” However, there is also a famous story where Kanken Toyama and Gichin Funakoshi (the originator of Shotokan) fought over “the original house of Karate.” In this fight, Kanken Toyama insisted “Only ones who learned from Anko Itosu in a regular subject of the teacher’s school are the heir of Itosu,” and he said he is the genuine successor of Okinawa Karate. Therefore, schools derived from Toyama school are named “Okinawa Traditional Karate.”
There are other Karate schools in the U.S. named “Soryu,” Are they different?
We have four active Shibu Dojos (NY and Texas) and one recognized Dojo (Nebraska) in the U.S. Other schools using “Soryu” as their Dojo or school names do not teach traditional Soryu Karate. We never certified those Dojos using our Soryu name, and their students are not registered Soryu students. Only the Soryu instructors who are certified by the main Dojo (SoRyuKan) teach Traditional Soryu Karate at their Dojos in the U.S.
Active Soryu Shibu Dojos in the U.S.
SoShiKan (総士館) Kingston, New York
SoShuKan (総修館) Elroy, Texas
SoShinKan (総心館) Brady, Texas
SoBuKan (総武館) New Braunfels, Texas