What the heck does all this mean? 沖縄小林流空手道 志道館
Generally, Kanji, or the use of Chinese characters in Japanese writing provides many meanings depending upon what other words are used with it. Plus, many of the sounds we hear mean different things. Think how hard it is for people to differentiate between spoken “to, too, two”, and “There, they’re, their”.
沖縄 Ryu Kyu (means Okinawa)
小林流 Shorin Ryu (often referred to as Shaolin can also be pronounced Kobayashi. Small Forest School)
空手道 Karate Do (Open Hand PathWay)
志道館 Shidokan Shi can mean Warrior/Samurai/Gentleman. Do means Pathway. Kan means a place (In Japan it often means Eating Place) This is the vertical patch on our left chest!
道場 Do Jo (Pathway Practice/Place)
So in our Beikoku Shidokan symbol, you will notice the Gold Kanji starts out with *[+] my Keyboard doesn’t type out those characters .
The first two characters are pronounced Beikoku, meaning Rice Country, the name most of Asia uses for the United States of America.
Then you can recognize the next three Shidokan characters 志道館 described above.
Knowing these characters and their meaning will help you understand a lot of the kanji characters in the dojo.
Thanks for Reading!
Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi) Kiyoshi, 8th Dan,
Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310
Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi). Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979. He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students.
As a retired Foreign Service Officer he concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many people call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective often brutal, pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking. While stationed overseas Roberto trained U.S. Embassy and Foreign Security Personnel, U.S. Marines, and people like you. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.
Roberto is a member of the East Coast Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:
“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017; “Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018; “Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019