For centuries, karate was an art form handed down from parent to child and from teacher to students. Our karate club has continued that tradition for over 15 years in Happy Valley. We train in Shorin-Ryu karate, an authentic Okinawan style handed down over generations. Chances are you're interested in karate for many reasons - physical fitness, self-improvement, self-defense, or as a way to unwind after work. Choosing a karate school (dojo) is a very important step. You need to be sure you find the place that is right for you. You want a dojo where the atmosphere is friendly and the training is serious. Where there's a sense of mutual respect. Where each student is able to progress at his or her own rate, depending on ability and level of commitment.
Please see the recent article Mending the Gap by Cherie Winner in the Penn State News, May 18, 2018"[Matt Kaplan] brings generations together in his personal time. A black belt in karate, he runs a family-oriented dojo in State College where most of the students come in intergenerational pairs: parent and child or grandparent and grandchild. He got the idea after seeing parents drop their kids off at youth soccer and then go off to play soccer or softball in an adult league. 'Parents are always saying they want more time with their kids,' he says. 'Why not learn a martial art together?' "
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Contact us to schedule a visit to one of our classes or events. Come try it out and decide if Shorin-Ryu karate is right for you!