Stillness, Power, Peace
Karate-do, the „path of the empty hand“ is a martial art from the Okinawa islands in Japan. Originally developed by the local Okinawa population it only reached the Japanese mainland a hundred years ago. It was quickly adopted by the country’s nobility and spiritual elite.
Karate is of two minds. It provides a hands-on self defense, that aggressively confronts the opponent. It lets us act out uninhibited archaic instincts like aggression, rage and fear. This alone points us to deeper experience of our existence.
At the same time, fighting is most effective with a fluid mind and detached emotions. Karate invites us to transcend set patterns and abandon fixed view points. It gently sets our mind free.
The two senses are intertwined and enhance each other. In our practice, we address both of them directly.
In traditional Karate, we practice basic techniques, katas and self defense. A solution focused mind serves as the bedrock of the practice.
In solution focused Karate, we use Karate exercises to guide ourselves to a gentle inner attitude.
Mentally focused Karate is the physical counterpart to stillness exercises. Both kinds of training can be physically intense and involve reasonable contact with sparring partners. They complement each other to a balanced whole.
We practice both directions weekly and in intense workshops of several days length.
We practice Karate three times per week and during intense seminars of several days length: