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Rules and Regulations @ the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Dojo

1. All Martial Art Students are required to abide by all dojo rules as well as by the by-

laws laid down by Sensei Stephen Rittersporn.

2. Martial Art Students must maintain proper personal hygiene and keep their toe and

finger nails trimmed short.

3. Martial Art Students must keep their gis clean, neat, and properly worn at all times.

4. Martial Art Students must remove all jewelery prior to keiko.

5. No one is to ever have candy, gum or food of any kind in his or her mouth during


6. Make all attempts to be punctual for class. If you do arrive after the class has bowed in,

wait at the edge of the mat for the person running class to acknowledge you before crossing the mat. Change as quickly as possible and wait at the edge of mat for further acknowledgement and instructions.

7. If you must leave early, inform the senior person on the mat before class begins and

then remind him or her when the time comes for you to leave.

8. Refrain from the use of profanity or vulgarity on the mat.

9. Refrain from idle talk or horseplay during keiko.

10. Martial Art Students must cooperate with each other during keiko and observe

control, both mental and physical, while practicing techniques.

11. Martial Art Students must keep in mind at all times the dangers involved in mis-use

or improper application of techniques.

12. Sit in the proper position (seiza or anza) whenever not practicing or while awaiting


13. All classes will start with a kneeling bow to the instructor.

14. All students will acknowledge each other with a standing bow before beginning and

upon finishing working together.

15. All students will bow to the joseki upon entering or leaving the mat.

16. No student will leave the mat without the permission from the senior person on the


17. Bring any injury that you have prior to beginning keiko to attention of the instructor.

18. Bring any injury, no matter how slight, received during keiko to the attention of the

instructor immediately.

19. Only techniques which you have been shown will be permitted.

20. While practicing techniques with your partner, the aim is not to fight him or her as an

opponent, but simply to learn the techniques of martial Arts through and with him or her. Care should be taken to be aware of the ability of one’s partner so that injuries will not occur.

Why should you practice Shorin-ryu Karate-Do? Most people believe karate came from mainland Japan. Karate is an indigenous martial art of Okinawa. All modern styles of karate evolved from the Shuri-te lineage that can be traced back to the teachings of Bushi Matsumura. Why should you practice a watered down version of Karate when the real “Okinawan Karate” is available to you and your family?

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Secrets of Okinawan Karate-Do The big secret is there are no secrets. We live in the information age. We have a much better chance of understanding the application of karate when we keep our eyes and ears open. There are several throws and joint locks in the classical traditional Okinawan Karate katas. I know I’m not the first, nor am I the last person to discover that the classical traditional Okinawan Karate katas are Jujutsu. It is amazing to me that many black belts and sensei alike have no concept of bunkai. Why do kata - if you can’t use it. This is why I believe Bruce Lee referred to the traditional Karate kata as a “classical mess.”

Sometimes one has to step outside his or her art to understand their art. This is what I’ve done. Jujutsu (aka Tuite) has brought me to the door. Jujutsu has left me with the key to unraveling the inner teachings of karate. Without the inner teachings of karate one can’t carry on the teachings of the old masters of Okinawan karate. The most important thing that comes to mind is, as one investigates other martial arts, one learns the same thing from different perspectives. Now I don’t have all of the answers, but at least I have some of the questions. Jujutsu (aka Tuite) gives the practitioner the ability to control or destroy

their opponent as he or she deems fit.

Sensei Rittersporn

Rittersporn, Kyoshi’s Lineage

• Sensei Vincent Butta (JKA-Shotokan) - Bx NY

• Sensei Shiro Oishi (Judo) - NYU

• Sensei Michael Blackhurst Shorin-ryu* - NYU

• Sensei Tony Schiffano Isshin-ryu Karate - NYC

• Scott Ashley Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu - NYC

• Sensei Jerry Gould Shorin-ryu* - Renton WA

• Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro - Okinawa

• Hanshi Charles R. Bonét Shorin-ryu* - Bx NY

• Shihan Felix Berrios Eizan-ryu Jujutsu - NYC

* Studied Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate under Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro

FORMAL COMMANDS IN THE DOJO Shomen ni, rei. - To the front, bow. Sensei ni rei. - To the instructor, bow. Senpai ni rei.- To the head student who is running class, bow. O tage ni rei. - To our fellow students, bow. Kiotske - Attention. Narabe - Line up. Suware - Sit down. Hajime - Begin. (Let’s begin) Yosh. - Continue. Matte. / Yame. - Stop. Hai. - Yes, I understand. O ne ga shi mas. - Please work with me. Domo Arigato gozai mashita. - Thank you very much.

COUNTING IN JAPANESE Ichi - one Ni - Two San - Three Shi - Four Go - Five Roku - Six Sichi - Seven Hachi - Eight

Ku - Nine Ju - Ten

JAPANESE VOCABULARY - GENERAL Place of Honor - Joseki Teacher - Sensei Senior Student - Senpai School - Dojo System / Style / Institute - Ryu Bow - Rei Attention - Kiotske Ready - Yoi Begin - Hajime Stop - Yame/Matte Continue - Yosh Sit down - Suware Line up - Narabe Sitting on knees - Seiza Sitting crossed-leg on mat - Anza Attacker - Uke Defender - Tori Technique - Waza Exercise - Taiso Practice - Keiko Shout - Kiaii Strikes - Atemie Falling Practice - Ukemi Joint Locking - Kansentsu Scacrifice throw - Sutemi Off balance - Kuzushi Right - Migi Left - Hidari side - Yoko Inside - Uchi Outside - Soto Big - O Little - Ko Throw - Nage Choke - Shime Wheel - Garuma Sweep - Harai Spring - Hane Turning – Gaeshi


Wrist - Kote Shoulder - Seio Finger - Ube Arm - Ude Foot - Ashi Knee - Hiza Hip - Koshi Head - Men

NAMES OF STRIKES Fore knuckle strike ( fist turns ) - Seiken Knife edge of hand strike - Shuto Palm heel strike - Shote Hammer fist strike - Tettsui Ridge hand strike - Hito Elbow strike - Empi Descending strike with knife – Shomen edge of hand Backfist – Uraken

NAMES OF STANCES Tee stance, weight fifty-fifty - Hanmi Horse stance - Shiko dachi Front stance (weight sixty-forty) - Zenkutsu dachi Small horse stance - Kiba dachi Heels together, at attention - Musubi dachi Natural stance ( feet apart ) - Hachi Dachi

Exercises ( Basic )

There are two types of exercises:

1. Warm-ups.

2. Formal (Kata)

Warm-ups (Basic) Neck Rotations - To the right, ten times and to the left, ten times

b. Shoulder - Arms held horizontal in front of chest with palms down, bring back in

attempt to touch shoulder blades.

c. Waist and back - Bending over at waist, keeping knees straight, strike mat three times with palm heel, then lean back and stretch with palms of hands in small of back.

d. Side - Stretch side by raising right hand over head and attempt to touch left shoulder

without bending body, reverse for left side.

e. Trunk - Rotate torso to left and then to right approximately ten times.

f. Knee - Bend knees and with palms held on them rotate knees to left and to the right.

g. Arms - Push-ups - both straight and dipping.

h. Stomach - Leg raises with head off mat.

Ankle - Rotate ankles to left and right while sitting on mat.

j. Legs - From Zenkutsu position leg raises both left and right.


Kote Gaeshi


c. Ikkyu

d. Sankyu

e. Shihonage

f. Finger stretch

Formal ( Kata )

A. Legs and Arms - Assume Shiko Dachi stance using Shotei

(heel Palm)

1. Thrust toward ceiling

2. Thrust chest height

3. Thrust groin height

4. Thrust toward mat

B. Body Movement - Tai Sabaki

Atemi Waza

a. Vertical punch

b. Seiken (forefist)

c. Uraken(inverted fist)

d. Shuto (knife hand)

e. Tettsui (fist edge)

f. Empi (elbow) four point exercise

Sensei Stephen Rittersporn http://www.shorinkaiinternational.com/