Karate-Do - Martial art with tradition

Karate-Do is a weaponless martial art which has its origins on the island of Okinawa. Nowadays Okinawa belongs to Japan. With the influence of the samurai (japanese warrior), Karate-Do developed himself Shuto Uke from pure fighting techniques to a martial art, in which ethical aspects and the development of the character play a tremendous role. In most dojo (clubs and schools) in Germany Karate-Do is taught only as sport.

We could proudly claim that we still teach Karate-Do in the tradition of our founder Soke Teruo Hayashi and his probably most renowned and famous student Soke Seinosuke Mitsuya, 8. Dan (Hanshi). Wir können mit Stolz behaupten, dass wir nach wie vor in der Tradition unseres

Karate-Do as self-defense

Facing the violence in our society, more and more people using Karate-Do as self-defense to overcome this threat. Techniques are learnt and practiced at a partner. This strengthens the self-confidence of one's own skills. To conquer the own fear and a self-assurance during menacing situations is a crucial psychological benefit. With such preconditions a prevention of physical conflict is possible.

Karate-Do as mass sport

People of all ages are joining the training lessons in the dojo (=training site). But not only self-defense is requested. Moreover the diversity of the martial art is the ideal compensation for the requirements of school and job and it also mitigate the all-day stress.
Beginners start to learn the basic techniques and basic positions. Many combinations of various difficulties arise from the basics. Concentration and coordination are trained constantly, even though the skills are higher and higher. The correct execution of techniques can be controlled during partner exercises, Gyaku Zuki even for beginners. Every technique is stopped just a few centimeters before the body of the partner. From that ability a new body-consciousness for dictance, precision, mobility, speed, tension and relaxation will be developed. The responsible interaction, thoughtfulness and discipline are traditional ethical contents of the martial art karate-do.

Karate-Do as competitive sport

The competitive athlete find his athletic comparison in tournaments. The goal in "Kumite" - the fighting discipline - ist to to beat his opponent on points with unconvincible attack or counter techniques. Here as well touching the partner is forbidden. A good fighter with an excellent tactical skill should have a brilliant visual judgement and timing. Rhythm, charisma and brilliance of technique are criteria for assessment of the performer in "Kata" - form.

In its history of development Karate was closely associated with all aspects of meditation. The ability to concentrate on the essential and to gather the thougths is still a substantial content of teaching. The strength of body and soul one gathers through meditation techniques affects the life of every Karate student positively.

Karate-Do for young and old

The physical and mental "all-around" fitness is exceedingly stimulated. This fitness came up to the individual requirements and prospects of the Karateka. As a lifelong sport Karate is attractive for young and old, because Karate can be practised in an individual way.
For children and teenagers Karate is a manifold sport. Beyond the training with others of the same age, they have the opportunity of sportive comparison. It could take place either in Kumite or Kata, in individual or team competition. The practise of Karate promote fitness, body control and concentration. The development of important and beneficial physical properties is supported, Shiko Dachi such as better reaction, speed, balance, elasticity, stability and agility, to name a few. The mobility, the feeling of distance, a better and healthier rhythm of motion, a improved posture, an increased blood circulation, as well as enhanced cardiovascular and lung function could be the result of Karate training. So adults could also find an opportunity for their own development. Furthermore there are many facets: self-defense, gymnastics, shiatsu, meditation and other constitutional contents. Moreover the social aspects should not be neglected: the communication during training or seminars. Beyond that no high kicks and no splits are necessary.
Self assurance and self-confidence will grow, mental balance and satisfaction will increase and therefore the general wellbeing. Everyday stress could decrease, serenity, tolerance and thoughtfulness arise.
Last but not least a better understanding of history, philosophy, the culture and traditions of asia can be gained.

Our style: Hayashi-Ha Karate-Do

Hayashi-Ha Karate-Do was established by Soke (style founder) Teruo Hayashi. Until his death in September 2004 he was one of the best-known and well-respected Karate masters of the world. His probably most famous student Soke Seinosuke Mitsuya, 8. Dan is now continuing our style in terms of his master.
Chef-Instructor in Germany is Ren-shi Girolamo Vermiglio, 7. Dan.