The Origins of “Tenkara”

The name Tenkara, decease which means “point of origin, view ” was chosen because I wanted the dojo to be grounded in the roots of traditional Japanese karate, as taught by the masters such as Ginchin Funakoshi.
Funakoshi Gichin

I recommend reading his book, Karate-do: My Way of Life, to get a more complete understanding of the roots of traditional Japanese karate. He not only explains the origins of the use of the “empty hand,” he emphasizes important points such as:

  • You must be serious in training
  • Train with both hearth and soul
  • Avoid self-conceit and dogmatism
  • Try to see yourself as you truly are
  • Abide by the rules of ethics in your daily life, whether in public or private

This is why training in Tenkara is hard, but also based on love, compassion, understanding and respect.  Through this teaching, the Tenkara student is well-rounded in his or her approach to martial arts and self-defense. Additionally, outside the dojo, the student strives to help humankind and the world in which we live.

Tenkara endeavors to develop Karateka (karate students) of strong moral character as well as reinforce positive values which will transcend the dojo walls into everyday life; just as Master Funakoshi meant for karate to be practiced.

Karate is one of the most refined of the martial arts and it is for everyone. As Master Funakoshi wrote:

“One of the most striking features of karate is that it may be engaged in by anybody, young or old, strong or weak, male or female . . . someone whose desire is merely to stay healthy and to train his mind and spirit may do so by practicing karate…”

lenaThis is why in Tenkara, students are the same, regardless of perceived differences. It is indeed a dojo for everyone “whose desire is merely to stay healthy and to train his mind and spirit.”

The strength of the school is determined by the dedication of our individual members. And I thank the dedication of each and every member.

To learn more about Tenkara visit SaratogaKarate.com

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