The name of our school, Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan, means the school of courtesy and manners through the martial way. "Karate begins and ends with courtesy" is a familiar refrain at Roseberry's Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Martial Arts Center. Martial arts are a defensive activity which has traditionally been used to teach respect for oneself and for others. Respect is the basis for instruction at Roseberry's Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Martial Arts Center and encourages the development of character and self-discipline. A very important part of the practice at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan involves learning "etiquettes" or respect for themselves, or another, the place of practice or dojo and all aspects of their practice. The etiquettes include, not only those followed in conjunction with the students' practice at the dojo, but also carry into their activities at school and at home. Students are encouraged to bring their report cards from school to show their teachers and are required to show respect to their parents at all times. Another aspect of the program of respect requires students to develop a plan with their parents to work until they have earned enough money to buy their uniforms. In this way students learn to respect no only the "gi" that they practice in, but also the practice itself.
Youth Judo: Judo is excellent conditioning and self-defense training, and is recognized as an Olympic sport in the summer Olympic Games. Young people especially enjoy the grappling of Judo, and are taught to use cunning against their opponent. The Judo program for youth is taught alongside the adult program to reinforce the admonition often heard in class "Don't let anyone intimidate you".
Youth Karate: The Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate practiced by the youth program at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan was developed by Roseberry-Shihan through many years of study of Goju-Ryu Karate, or hard-soft way, as taught by Seikichi Toguchi. Students learn how to combine soft blocking tactics with quick strong counter-attacks. Much emphasis is placed on learning how not to fight, but being ready to respond if neccesary. Students progress through "belts" by demonstrating proficiency in kata and other drills that are practiced. While students are encouraged to compete in tournaments if they desire, they train to overcome their greatest adversary- themselves.
Youth Aikido: Aikido is the newest of the Japanese martial arts. It has been described as the "old man's art" because of the gentleness and grace with which it is practiced. It does not require great physical strength or big muscles, making it a great art for youth. Development of one's ki, or life energy, is another aspect of Aikido training. Perhaps the most important part of training in Aikido is learning to calm the mind, and to maintain one's wa or harmony. This is achieved through the practice of concentration and relaxation, which make Aikido an excellent tool for development of those skills in youth.