Questions for senior practitioners of Shotokan and Ryu-Te

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  1. Old Happy Tiger

    Old Happy Tiger Yellow Belt

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    Hello,

    I'm new here. I'm getting back into martial arts again, and am choosing a school soon after the virus situation is over with. I'll be visiting two schools, one which is Shotokan the other Ryu-Te.

    If you are a senior practitioner of either or style, I would like to ask you two questions, respectfully please.

    1) Do you think your style of Karate could be modified to work with someone who has physical limitations?

    2) Is your style of Karate also taught in regards to modern self defense at the school (dojo) that you current belong to?

    Thank You for your help and time.
     
  2. Papageno

    Papageno White Belt

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    Five years ago I got back to Karate after a 25 year pause. After a rough beginning, I'm really enjoying it.

    I think the fundamental part of karate is that you do what you can, regardless of age, weight or other physical limitations. All should be welcome. If you're at a club where some members sneer at persons with any kind of shortcomings, then you're at the wrong club. Or rather: they are in the wrong sport! Because karate is also about showing respect and helping each other out to grow as persons and karatekas.

    Here in Sweden many clubs offer training for people with all kinds of limitations. Have a look a this short clip: Här är karatetävlingen som inkluderar alla
    Unfortunately it's in Swedish, but the idea is pretty clear: Karate is for everyone.

    That said, each club has its own culture and way of doing things. But as far as Karate is concerned, it's for everyone.

    I think my answer applies to your second question as well: it depends on the club. We practice a lot of self defense at our club. What to do if you're attacked on the street, how to get out from someones grip etc. But that's probably because my trainer thinks this is important knowledge. And it's quite fun to practice!

    So my conclusion is: visit different clubs, see what's going on. How do they train? Talk to the senseis. If it doesn't feel right, check out the next club.

    Best of luck!
     
  3. Old Happy Tiger

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    Tack för ditt svar och tid
     
  4. wab25

    wab25 Black Belt

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    The answers to both of your questions will depend more on the instructor and the club... and not so much on the style. Visit the schools you are interested in and choose the instructor and class you like the best.

    Out of curiosity, who is teaching the Ryu-Te school and where is it? I have worked out with a few Ryu-Te folks up in your state.
     
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    dvcochran Senior Master

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    Welcome to the Forum Tiger.
     
  6. Old Happy Tiger

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    Thank You for your comment. I'll certainly will be visiting these schools in question once the virus pandemic is lifted. Sorry, I'm not of liberty to say in regards to the individual.. not until I talk with them again. Some instructors like to keep private.
     
  7. Old Happy Tiger

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    Thank You! It's great to be here :D123
     

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