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A Place for Deeper Training... Traditional Martial Arts, Cultural Classes and Mind Body Fitness

 

"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." -Morihei Ueshiba

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We are a NO contract school! Ongoing dues are paid monthly (with discounts for additional family members and quarterly advance payments). We offer classes in the evenings and on weekends.

You are welcome to come visit. Try your first class for FREE!

Safe: There is no combative element. We do not hit each other.

Healthy: The exercise is a steady aerobic workout. Suppleness and posture are particularly emphasized.

Friendly: Everybody trains at their own rate and to their own ability. Our aim is to keep our art alive through supporting each other in training.

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido

Iaido, or Iaijutsu, described simply, is the art of drawing the Japanese sword from the saya (scabbard) and in the same motion responding to the opponent’s attack—or dispatching the attacker— and then returning the sword to the saya gracefully and with dignity. It is not a competitive martial art, but emphasizes the development of concentration, awareness, and clarity.

Iaido is a martial art concerned with the handling of Japanese samurai swords. The physical side consists of the various methods of drawing, cutting and defending. You will learn everything from wearing the sword to caring for it. To understand the samurai sword, you must learn to appreciate it as a cultural artifact. The etiquette which surrounds it is a window onto a whole society. By understanding the tactics behind the various moves, you gain an understanding of the psychology of the people who devised them. Iaido is very old. The various moves and techniques were preserved centuries ago in drills called kata that continue to be passed down from teacher to pupil.

 

Instructor: Sharon Halfman

Kokusai Nippon Budo-Kai

Shugyo Cultural Center is a proud member Dojo of the Kokusai Nippon Budo-Kai

Sensei Sharon Sharon Halfman is Dojo cho for Onshinkan Dojo's Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu holding the rank of Shodan and Fuku Shidoin as a charter dojo of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Heiho International Japan Budoka, Soshi Long Carl.

Monthly Rates Adult/Youth $60 or $30 as a 2nd art
Annual Dues Individual $25 Family $40
Ask about our family discounts!    

You are always welcome to come visit or try a class!

Class Schedule

KYOKU translates to "The ultimate", SHIN means "truth" or "reality", and KAI means "meet, join associate".

"You will never know your full potential until you push yourself to the limits from small to big, this is the way of Kyokushin."

Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin is hard style of full contact karate originally from Japan was developed by Masutatsu Oyama it's one of the strongest fighting styles. A number of UFC champions have backgrounds in Kyokushin. It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement and discipline through arduous training. KYOKU translates to "The ultimate", SHIN means "truth" or "reality", and KAI means "meet, join associate". Training is comprised of three main components: technique, forms, and sparring. Often, these are referred to as the three "K's" kihon (basics), (forms), and kumite (sparring). Advanced level training focuses on achieving a more graceful power. We belong to the International Kyokushinkai Union.

 

Instructors: Tiberiu Bredicean, Nicolae Sever Bleier

Tiberiu Bredicean Tiberiu Bredicean Has been practicing Kyokushin Karate for over 35 years and has trained and fought with all of the best trained in Kyokushin. A number of UFC champions have backgrounds in Kyokushin. He feels you have to train hard or go home and mentally pushing yourself to your limits every time regardless of injuries. You still have to train and do your best every day. This is his lifestyle - "you will never know your full potential until you push yourself to the limits from small to big, this is the way of Kyokushin - you have to empty your cup before you refill". He passed the 5th Dan test in April 2013, after 4 intensive hours of fighting and techniques. Osu!

Monthly Rates Adult/Youth $60 or $30 as a 2nd art
Annual Dues Individual $25 Family $40
Ask about our family discounts!    

You are always welcome to come visit or try a class!

Class Schedule

"Pentjak" roughly translates as "choreographed movement." "Silat" means "fight." Pentjak Silat, then, means "choreography for fighting." Pentjak without the Silat would be dancing. Silat without the Pentjak would be brawling.

Pentjak Silat Serak

Pentjak Silat comes from Indonesia, home to 4000 islands, the world's fourth largest population (200 million), 300 dialects, all major religions, and a rich history of high culture and constant tumult. Indonesia has long been a proving ground for many of the prominent Indian, Chinese, and Indonesian systems that have survived the test of conflict. The island of Java is home to over 120 million people. This region has been a terrific breeding ground for realistic combative systems since pre-history. There are over 400 styles of Pentjak Silat currently practiced, and many of the earliest and most sophisticated come from Java.

The founder/creator of this formidable system was nicknamed "Pak Sera," and had the unique attributes of one arm ending at the elbow, and a clubbed foot. Versed in 9 different arts - 3 Chinese, 3 Indian, and 3 Indonesian, he created a system with a technical base tuned to his unique physiology that allowed him, and later his students, to effectively counter the dominant combatants of the region. The result was a system that allowed for maximal effectiveness with minimal athleticism. Serak was formulated in the early 1800's in West Java, and was selectively taught to Dutch Indonesian people of privilege prior to WWII.

The Guru (Teacher) or MaHa Guru (Professor) of this style is Victor deThouars, one of the last Javanese-born Dutch Indonesians. Under his direction, the system of Serak will continue to be taught as it was in Java when he began his study before WWII.

In the introductory six-week program, students will learn the basics of the Pentjak Silat Serak style, but it is open to all experience levels. In the ongoing class, students will be able to continue and deepen this practice. Open to age 18 and up.

Instructor: Henry Kaszowicz

Monthly Rates Adult/Youth $60 or $30 as a 2nd art
Annual Dues Individual $25 Family $40
Ask about our family discounts!    

You are always welcome to come visit or try a class!

Class Schedule

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Email: info@shugyoculturalcenter.org

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