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We encourage anyone who is interested to come visit for a class or part of a class. Please call ahead so we know to expect you. Also feel free to stop by before class to say hello.
We do not free spar in class.
We feel free sparring can lead to bad habits and can cause too much chance for injury. Many of the techniques we practice, if done at full speed in live combat, can cause serious injury. We practice pre arranged sparring and live(non rehearsed) one step drills so that we don’t hurt our uke(training partner) while practicing, but when faced with a real threat we can still act on instinct to defend ourselves.
To a true martial arts practitioner anything can be used as a weapon, whether it be a traditional weapon like a bo or tonfa, or something more modern like a fire arm.
All classes have trained with other non traditional weapons such as belts or ink pens, with the philosophy that anything can be used as a weapon if you understand how objects can help manipulate your opponents body to give yourself a superior body positiion.
Specific to the Hanto Seishin-ryu class, students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and some skill with the following: hanbo(similar to night stick), tanto(knife), jo(short staff), bo(staff) , hand gun
The Matsubayashi-ryu class does not require any weapons training however Sensei Winkeler is trained classically in bo, sai, tonfa(tuifa), nunchaku and knows numerous kata for each.