WELCOME TO MARS HILL
Thanks to Sensei Baize for his visit on 12/28/12.
WEBSITES, PUBLICATIONS, ETC. FOR TRADITIONAL KARATE-KA
I found the website for 24 Chickens to be of limited value. The video
portions were not too informative and frankly, for Japanese
practitioners, seemed very weak. The conversation strings were a total
waste of time. I am 4th Dan, 2nd generation from G. Funakoshi through
H. Nishiyama, and have been around Karate for over 30 years, and I
would not present myself to be the expert that these writers did.
When Nishiyama passed away, he left a great void in the Karate world.
It appears that no one has been able to authoritatively step into his
shoes. Therefore, this void will be filled by whatever it is filled
Through guidance from my Sensei's, I have tried to put together a
library that does not stray from our tradition. The 3 authors that I
have chosen are G. Funakoski, M. Nakayama, and H. Nishiyama, NO
OTHERS. Sugiyama's 25 Katas book was actually co-authored by
Nishiyama. His name has been dropped, and frankly I am not sure why.
Until someone is able to fill the gap, I will shy away from most
writers and hopefully all would-be leaders and stick to what we know
to be correct. There are some videos of Nakayama and Nishiyama around.
Try to get those as you surf the web. Even some of the bigger names in
Karate have broken from the traditional training. I try to review the
ones added to our website, so we stay close to the original teachings.
To reference one of the strings on the website, Funakoshi watered down
the bunkai of the techniques/katas to teach kids. He taught adults and
college students to the best of my knowledge. I'm not sure where the
teaching of kids became fashionable, but I do not remember ever seeing
any reference to it in JKA. I don't recall any of the All Japan Karate
tournaments having kids divisions. Other styles referenced agreed, so
says the writer. I have worked with Shorin-ryi, Goju-ryu, Isshyin-ryu,
and Kyokushenkai people, and never experienced any such deference to
Funakoshi or Traditional Shotokan. Unfortunately, the Shotokan name is
carried by a very large group of Karate-ka, and they are NOT the same.
Some may even be heard to say, NO BORING KATAS TAUGHT HERE. I hope we
can say the same, but we teach and believe Kata to be one of the most
important parts of teaching and learning Karate, we just don't have
any boring ones.
The JKA seems to be leaderless in the US and maybe vanishing here, I
hope not. We are members of the United Shotokan Karate Federation
(USKF) which is an affiliate of the International Traditional Karate
Federation (ITKF) which was founded by Nishiyama, and the JKA. I am a
member of all of those organizations and a life-time member of the
JKA. We will do our best to remain Traditional, using the traditional
teachings and try to refrain from personal interpretations, etc. When
I do not know an answer, I will go to Sensei Baize. If he does not
know, he will find out. However, he is quite well studied and read in
our and other styles and generally knows the answers (every time I've
I appreciate you asking my advice and thoughts on the website and hope
that all the students do the same. It is very easy to become misled,
especially in the environment that we find ourselves in today with the
relatively recent departure of Nishiyama and the incredible void that
he has left. So, for this one, I'd say, don't waste your time.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE
WE WELCOME ALL VISITORS TO OUR CLASSES
PLEASE COME BY AND VISIT OUR CLASSES
ENJOY THE SITE.
SENSEI: DON LINVILLE (YONDAN)
SEMPAI: DOUG OLSEN (SANDAN)
PLEASE VISIT THE "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" SECTION
Adult Classes Will Be Held In lower Floor of Mars Hill College
Gym. Children Classes in Racket ball courts in Gym.
CHILDREN: Thursday 6:30pm -7:15pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7:30pm- 8:30 pm
LETTER FROM SENSEI:
We are a traditional Japanese style. Shotokan karate is one of the most widely recognized and practiced martial arts forms in the world. Our style is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association (JKA). I am a lifetime member of the JKA. Our school is affiliated with the JKA through me, the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) through me, and the United Shotokan Karate Federation (USKF) through all members receiving rank promotions at this school.
Shotokan karate is based upon a series of punches, blocks, and kicks. It is a very straight-forward system. Being of Japanese origin, it focuses on more punches than kicks, typical of a traditional Japanese systems of fighting. Although there are some arm-bars, wrist-twists, etc. the system does not focus on “submission” fighting, like the styles that are so prevalent on TV right now. We focus on making the maximum amount of power based on the physics of the body and applying that power effectively to vulnerable targets. Technically, we subscribe to an old adage stating “a strong offense is a strong defense”. Traditional Shotokan styles exercises and katas start with a block. This emphasizes the defensive nature of Shotokan. However, we are trained to deliver the blocks with such intensity and focus that they are actually attacks (offense). This is intended to either disable the attacker or change his/her mind about the continuation of the attack. Our classes are NOT gymnastics, dance, or flashy. We try to teach “down to business” techniques that can be applied as self defense against one or more attackers. We learn to practice “zan-shin” which roughly translated means “perfect finish”. A perfect technique, delivered perfectly will stop an attack. One of the credos of Shotokan karate is “seek perfection”. Therefore, with our practice and strick adherence to traditional training, we “seek perfection” in our fighting style, in our way of applying our techniques, and our attitude toward our art. This leads us to attention to detail, which to some styles would seem minor. However, nothing about perfection is minor.