Our Karate Kid
When I first started taking Sanshinkai Karate I didn’t know anything about the various styles of Karate outside of Isshinryu which I had taken for a short period of time right after high school. I was just looking for a place to continue my martial arts training after taking a break during college.
Sanshinkai stands for “Three Power Society”, the three powers being: Mind, Body and Spirit. It’s a combination of Isshinryu (our mother style) as well as techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Jiu-jitsu. With the rise of Krav Maga and similar self defense systems I think Sanshinkai faces a lot of the same misconceptions that other traditional based styles do. That is that either the techniques we use are “out-dated” or that they only work in competition.
While it is true that a lot of the techniques we use in Sanshinkai are the same as the ones that have been used in martial arts for centuries, as instructors we are constantly looking for, experimenting with, and adopting current self defense techniques. With this, we hope to prepared our students to defend themselves in any situation. We don’t take anything away from the set Sanshinkai curriculum, we instead find a way for the new techniques to compliment the old, and vice versa. In Sanshinkai our motto is “If it works, use it.”
Brandon T. Vaughn