Instruction is given at all levels, from beginner to highly skilled students. Rigorous training and experienced Karate techniques form the basis of learning, with examples and explanations to aid in the process. Instructors Robert Budihas, and Renzo Hernandez encourages moral development as well, and as part of training talks with students about daily life, honor, and ethics.
Endurance, strength, flexibility, and speed are enhanced through physical and mental training. Techniques for kicking, punching, blocking, throwing, and evading are combined with correct breathing and practical self-defense applications. Training is conducted in the dojo (a special place where Martial Arts are studied).
The Jundokan Dojo is equipped with state of the art mats covering the entire floor. Chishi (stone lever weight) are used to strengthen your grip, elbows, shoulders and wrist joints. Our dojo has two Makiwaras (striking posts) one of the most fundamental exercises of Karate. Heavy and light punching bags are available for children and adults. As well, Jundokan Dojo is fully vented to allow fresh air flow.
Budihas Sensei and Renzo Sensei leads instruction personally for all classes, youth and adult. Visitors are welcome and parents are encouraged to view our training.
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Goju-Ryu Karate | Jundokan International | Busaganashi
The Busaganashi is a martial arts lesser Taoist deity (kami) venerated by many Goju Ryu practitioners in Okinawa. According to Miyazato Sensei of the Jundokan, Miyagi Chojun (as a Shinto) venerated the Busaganashi Kami every day. However, in the Okinawan air raid during world war two, Miyagi's picture of the Busaganashi (which he acquired in China during his travels) was destroyed along with many other possessions.
Reportedly, sensing his teachers sadness, one of his students, who had previously made a sketch of the Busaganashi, journeyed to the Philippines to have a three dimensional statue made of the Busaganashi. The student then presented the statue to Miyagi. Apparently, the gesture was so overwhelming that it brought the karate master to tears.
The statue now rests in the Jundokan Dojo in Okinawa and is pictured above.
But what are the origins and legends surrounding this lesser deity or Saint? The Busaganashi is found in the Bubishi which is the most influential martial arts book in Okinawa. The Bubishi is a Ching (1644-1911) dynasty White Crane and Lohan Kung-Fu manual. Busaganashi means "my dear respected kung-fu warrior" but the formal name of the deity is the: "Grand Marshall of Wind and Fire." In Chinese the name is Yuen Sam Tan Doh.
The Busaganashi is the local Fujianese and Taiwanese god of business, art, music and wealth. He is worshipped in martial arts schools and amongst musicians and especially Chinese Opera performers.
During the Ching Empire when Martial Artists were outlawed because of political unrest, many of the Martial Artists hid in the Chinese Opera troops. In Chinese Opera there is always the figure of a bearded warrior, and martial arts plays an important role on the stage. Because of the close relationship between opera, music and art in general and Kung Fu, the Busaganashi became the patron saint of Martial Artists and martial arts schools (Guan) in Fujian.
This deity is particularly found in shrines in White Crane or Five Ancestors Kung-Fu schools. Pictures of Busaganashi are also found in restaurants, businesses, and market places.
The Okinawan Busaganashi Legend
In ancient China a young girl gave birth to a baby boy. With no father to take care of him the family decided to abandon the child in a bamboo forest. But after some time the family had a change of heart. When they returned to collect the child they found that the child was being protected by the trees themselves. Seeing this as a sign they decided to take care of the child as well as they could. The child grew up to be very intelligent and although from a lower class, he was able to come in third at the yearly Mandarin aptitude tests. This gave him the opportunity to join the military where he acquired his martial arts skills and excelled.
One day, a tower caught on fire and risked spreading to the rest of the city. Seeing this Busaganashi used his dynamic martial arts breathing to put out the fire with a simple exhale. By doing this he saved the city and was given his title as the “Marshall of Wind and Fire” and honored.
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Chojun Miyagi Sensei chose the name Goju-Ryu, meaning hard and soft school, as a name for his style of karate. He took this name from a line in the Bubishi, primarily a classical Chinese text on martial arts and philosophy. The phrase appears in a poem describing eight precepts of the martial arts. It reads "Ho Goju Donto" - the way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness. The whole poem reads as follows:
1. The mind is one with heaven and earth.
2. The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and the moon.
3. The way of inhaling and exhaling is hardness and softness.
4. Act in accordance with time and change.
5. Techniques will occur in the absence of conscious thought.
6. The feet must advance and retreat, separate and meet.
7. The eyes do not miss even the slightest change.
8. The ears listen well in all directions
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