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--- Matsumura Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate ---

Matsumura Shorin Ryu Karate is a hard/soft-block/hard-counter style of Okinawan karate which can be effectively utilized by people of many different body types and physical abilities, as it emphasizes speed and agility as well as brute strength. "Shorin" is the Okinawan pronunciation of "Shaolin" paying respect to the source of much of the style. Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate is significantly different than what most people think of as "karate" these days.

The Benefits of Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate

• Self-Defense that is more practical and effective than other fighting styles.

• Physical Fitness: Aids weight reduction, increases endurance and agility, lowers heart rate, and develops a sound body and mind

• Longevity: Masters of Shorin-ryu have traditionally lived well into their 80s or more

• Release stress and tension

• Confidence, discipline, character, and leadership

• Concentration, balance and coordination that you never knew you had!

• What goals do you have for yourself? We can help you achieve them!

Matsumura Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate is a complete, well-rounded, self-defense oriented martial art, useful in any self-defense situation, and unsurpassed for total practical self-defense when combined with Okinawan kobudo (weapons)

Techniques include:

  • Punches & Strikes
  • Kicks
  • Escapes
  • Joint Locks
  • Pressure Points
  • Restraints
  • Throws
  • Breaks
  • Defend against weapons
  • ... And Beyond

Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate was developed over centuries by true masters who spent their entire lives using and refining these skills everyday.

While not competition-oriented, free sparring is a small part of the training, Shorin-Ryu Karate practitioners often do very well at tournaments. The skills and principles taught work equally well in a competitive arena as they do on the streets of life.

The study of Shorin-Ryu (Shaolin-Style) Karate also has many other benefits. These include improved balance, concentration, self-confidence, endurance, agility, reflexes, strength, and thinking skills. Historically, the masters of Shorin-Ryu Karate have outlived their peers and practitioners of other martial art styles.

Like anything of value, these benefits cannot be achieved overnight. Our program is designed to take a typical (or even problem) child and develop these qualities efficiently and continually over time. We do not lavish continual praise and external rewards (such as trophies from competitions), nor do we use harsh discipline. Rather, we use a balance of sufficient praise and correction so that the students know what is expected and what is not, and when they have done something right. In short, the aim is to develop self-esteem, not arrogance; and self-discipline, not dependence upon others for direction


-- Family Karate --

We also offer Family Karate, where adults and children are all welcome to come and learn karate together! Instead of just watching your child learn karate, why not join them? We offer a  Family Discount.

How is Karate Incorporated’s Children's Program Different from that of other karate schools?

At Karate Incorporated, The Depth is the Difference, and nowhere is this more apparent to the untrained observer than in our Kids Karate program.

Our program is significantly different than most other children’s karate programs. We do not subject children to sparring or competition as beginners. Sparring is a game that, when used properly, can teach certain lessons. However, the purpose of karate is to develop quality martial arts skills that serve in all situations—not to “win” a contrived game or tournament. Focus on sparring, particularly at lower levels, develops unsafe karate habits and is a sign of poor-quality martial arts.

Quality martial arts teaches young people self-discipline, self-control, and an inner sense of self-worth, as well as the ability and desire to learn and to improve themselves.

Most programs focus either on “channeling” children’s energy into things that look like martial arts but are not—such as flashy, poor-quality kicks/strikes—or on harsh, regimented instructor-driven discipline. Quality martial arts on the other hand, teaches young people self-discipline, self-control, and an inner sense of self-worth, as well as the ability and desire to learn and to improve


The Benefits of Karate:
• Concentration
• Attention to detail
• Inner drive to improve
• Inner sense of self-worth
• Effective means of

Our programs are designed to develop the physical and mental control to perform techniques correctly (not just fast), a key requirement of doing quality karate. Other benefits will develop as a child continues in the program, such as concentration and attention to detail, the inner drive to improve, and the self-esteem that results when they finally “get it” or are promoted to a higher belt rank. On top of this, the quality karate skills learned are a very effective means of self-defense should it ever become necessary.

Karate Incorporated
P.O. Box 22345
Tampa, Fl, 33647
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Al Martin Sensei, & Chris Barnes, Sensei
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