Budokai is pronounced (Boo Doe K-eye).
Bu means "Martial". Do means "the way" and refers to living a life of discipline, respect, honor, loyalty and peace. Kai means "club".
Loosely translated, Budokai means "The way of the warrior" and encompasses more than just fighting and fitness. It is a way of living life as well.
The Narragansett Bay Budokai Program:
The Narragansett Bay Budokai's curriculum and approach are designed to work with people of all levels of skill and fitness from beginning to advanced to bring out the best in every individual. We emphasize the importance of respect, responsibility, honesty, good behavior, politeness and self control while learning self defense and creating a safe and fun environment. The ultimate purpose of karate is not to create fighting machines, but to improve one’s character through martial arts training. We offer martial arts and fitness training in a positive, family oriented environment.
The students will learn to respect others, to refrain from violent behavior, to be good students in school, and to be courteous while participating in rigorous karate workouts. They will learn all aspects of the Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu system of karate and will maintain good physical and mental health thanks to the guidance of our instructors.
We teach and study the art of Matsubayashi-Ryu. It was founded in 1947 by O'sensei Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) Hanshi, 10th dan. Matsubayashi-Ryu is a form of Shorin-Ryu, which in turn is one of the major styles of Okinawan Karate‑Do.
Our head instructor is Sensei Bobby Benner, 3rd Degree. We study under Master Instructor Sensei Juan Queris, 7th Degree, owner/operator of Winter Haven Budokai, in Winter Haven, Florida.
Forging a Karate Mind:
Karate is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. It is a martial art and way of life that trains a practitioner to be peaceful; but if conflict in unavoidable, true karate dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow.
Such an action requires strength, speed, focus, control, but these physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself.
True karate is based on Bushido. In true karate, the body, mind and spirit; the whole person must be developed simultaneously.
Through kihon, kumite and kata, we learn to control our movements, but more importantly, we learn to give up control too. We can perform the techniques without thinking about them and remain focused without having to concentrate on any one thing. In essence, the body remembers how to move and the mind remembers how to be still.
This harmonious unity of mind and body is intensely powerful. Even the greatest physical strength and skill are no match for the power of wholeness.
The result of true karate is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through the perfect unity of mind and body.