Okinawan Shuri-Te is a traditional art of self-defense and self-control of the mind and body. It is a martial art developed by the Okinawans as a weaponless method of self-defense.
The 'character' for Karate means 'Vastness of Hands' and today is known as 'Empty Hands,' which reflects the broadness and depth of mind in Shuri-Te. Original karate was called "Te" meaning "Hand." For the Okinawan people, the art of empty hands is used to protect one's life and family, bringing peace to their lives. Therefore the art is highly respected and valued by the Okinawan people.
Shuri-Te is designed so that the techniques can be applied by anyone. The class is personal, non-competitive, and highly individualized. It is not a sport. It deals with training and the application of skills toward real life situations.
No special athletic ability is required. People of all ages can learn according to their own body structure and physical abilities.
Karate and Self-defense enhance discipline, coordination, concentration, and self-confidence.
"Dojo" is the name of the place where one receives instruction in the martial arts: where the teaching of the Masters is studied.
It is a place for the uplifting and cleansing of body, mind, and spirit. It is not a place for the display of ego. Emphasis is place on respect and safety for each other. All in all it is a place where one learns more of the truly fine things in life.
Shihan (Master) Patrick Jones is an experienced 7th degree Black Belt (Nana-Dan) with 35 years of teaching and extensive study. Sensei Jones has taught Shuri-Te karate across the United States including dojos in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Oregon. Sensei Jones believes Karate can promote better physical and mental health, build character and enhance the growth of self-understanding.
Oregon Kyo-Kai Director
FLORENCE DOJO INSTRUCTORS
Mr. Tony Wells- Head Instructor and Deputy Director.