Handi-capable Karate was created on the basis that we believe that no person should be denied the beauty of training in the martial arts. We believe that Master Gichin Funakoshi said it the best, “The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.”
Karate started as a common fighting system known as te (Okinawan: ti) among the Pechin class of the Ryukyuans. As a part of trade and cultural relationships which were established with the Ming dynasty of China by King Satto of Chuzan in 1372, some forms of Chinese martial arts were introduced to the Ryukyu Islands by the visitors from China especially by those from the Fujian Province. The political centralization of Okinawa by King Sho Hashi in 1429 and the policy of banning weapons by King Sho Shin in 1477 which was later enforced in Okinawa after the invasion by the Shimazu clan in 1609 were also the factors that encouraged the development of unarmed combat techniques in Okinawa.
There were only few formal styles of te and many practitioners came up with their own methods.The Motobu-ryu school passed down from the Motobu family by Seikichi Uehara is one of the oldest surviving form of style. Other early styles were Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te which were named after the three cities from which they originated. Each area and its teachers had particular kata, techniques, and principles that distinguished their local version of te from the others.
Traditional karate kata resembles of the form found in Fujian martial arts such as Fujian White Crane, Five Ancestors, and Gangrou-quan. In 1806 Sakukawa Kanga started teaching a fighting art called Tudi Sakukawa and his most notable student Matsumara Sokon taught a mixture of te and Shaolin styles which later became Shorin-ryu style.
Matsumara taught this style to Itosu Anko who is the grandfather of modern karate. Itosu had a great influence in karate. The forms created by him are common across nearly all styles of karate. His students became some of the most well-known karate masters, including Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, and Motobu Chōki. In 1881 Higaonna Kanryo formed the Naha-te. Apart from this three early styles of karate another form was developed by Kanbun Uechi which was known as Uechi-ryu which was a mixture of Sanchin, Seisan, and Sanseiryu kata.
Karate ‘N’ Motion at NJ, Westfield is up and working after a tragedy that burnt down six stores along with Karate ‘N’ Motion at South Avenue on the 1st of September. The day that marks the Labor Day, was blotted with sorrow after a fire that started in the Karate ‘N’ Motion studio. Fortunately the firemen arrived at the spot within 4 minutes of the 911 call. It took 90 minutes and 80 firefighters to bring the fire under control. The karate studio was left tattered with its collapsed ceiling.
However, the fire couldn’t break the spirits of those for whom Karate ‘N’ Motion was a home away from home. Students and instructors resumed their practice from the day after the incident. They have been trying to find a new space for training and meanwhile kept rehearsing at open parks, at the Westfield Community Center and also in yards. The “dojo family” is working together hand in hand to survive the competitive season. The fire has taken with it important equipment which are being thoroughly missed. Erstwhile many awards, trophies and certificates were also destroyed.
Karate ‘N’ Motion was established 14 years ago. With their roof gone, Sensei Grand Master Alan Simms is yet to chalk out a plan for the future. He is the owner of the space. Alan Simms was however relieved that there were no casualties, though two firemen were rushed to the hospital after they were strewn to the streets after a blast. The school has approximately 100 students among who many train through 4 to 5 days per week. Hence maintaining a schedule is important for their routine. Simms is worried that with the weather taking a cold turn, outdoor routines will grow more difficult. The Karate ‘N’ Motion students are expected to perform at the FestiFall Street Fair.