Welcome to our main Karate Page at Renseikan Dojo. Our Dojo is a full-time martial arts school providing martial arts instruction for students in the Durham Region (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa) and east Toronto (Scarborough).
Renseikan's Karate dojo offers Beginner Children and advanced belt Youth Karate classes as well as Adult Classes and Family Classes. We also provide a special Early Start Karate class for children ages 4 and 5 which introduces younger children to the various basic movements.
Our style of Karate is Matsubayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu Karate-do, a traditional, non sport Okinawan martial art. Our instructors emphasize students' self-development and individual progress through rigorous, disciplined training in the basic movements, kata and partner work and Weapons.
Students will be immersed in the Okinawan and Japanese cultural aspects of karate while they learn Terminology, techniques and the other requirements for the various karate kyu (non black belts ranks) and dan (black belt ranks) levels. All this information is taught in the classes and can be found in the Student Manual.
We do not believe that competition or tournaments are a productive or long term method of training individuals in karate. It is our belief that sport karate does not truly build self-confidence and self-esteem the way traditional Karate training methods do. Our emphasis is on each child's individual improvement, rather than being based on how well your child performs in comparison to another child.
We do however occasionally participate in round-robin style get togethers with other dojo for the purpose of fun and comraderie in allowing each interested student, both children and adults, to demonstrate their kata and practice free style kumite(fighting) with other like minded students of the martial arts. The emphasis is particiption in a group environment, demonstrating what you have learned and developing self-confidence while having fun with others. Everyone is a Winner!
Students may invite their friends to try a class. Just download a Bring A Friend form and bring it into the dojo for a free trial class.
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