WRF Dojo, or WRF Karate Club, instructs in the art of Matsubayashi-Ryu, also referred to as Shorin-Ryu. Matsubayashi-Ryu is considered a traditional Okinawan karate style. This means most techniques are practiced primarily through cross-decks, katas (forms), and prearranged sparring drills. The style includes standard blocks and strikes, and the eighteen katas practiced contain many practical self-defense techniques.
Sensei Mark Winkeler
4th Dan Matsubayashi-Ryu
The WRF Karate Club features head instructor, Mark Winkeler 4th dan. He studied for nearly 20 years under Walter "Walt" Rowden, one of the few people ever to reach 8th dan in Matsubayashi-Ryu in the United States. His training primarily focused on the 18 katas and 7 yakusuko kumite (prearranged fighting) that form the basis of Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu. Developing and understanding bunkai (applications of kata) was another focus of his training there.
Sensei Winkeler has also received training from the late Sensei Harold Finke, 7th dan, in weapons. Sensei Finke was proficient with bo, sai, nunchacku and tonfa. Before his passing, he shared his extensive knowledge of these weapons with Sensei Winkeler. Sensei Mark is also currently learning Honto Seishin-Ryu Kempo Jujutsu under Sensei Christopher Balster.
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