Tonfa Juppon Kumite – 10-point Sparring

Tonfa Juppon Kumite – 10-point Sparring

Shima-kai Martial Arts was founded in 2014 by Dan Blackmore and Bob Davis, to promote the practice of traditional martial arts in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Currently doing personal training and holding self defence, karate, and kobujutsu clinics. Instruction is carried out in a traditional format, but in a friendly and open environment. Located at The St. John’s Martial Arts Centre, 21 Mews Place (behind Pippy Place) www.stjohnsmartialartscentre.com The dojo floor is covered with 1000 square feet of tatami mats, permanently installed on a raised floor. The walls are padded and the ceilings are 20 feet high. The dojo is fully insured and heated. It provides male and female change rooms as well as washroom facilities.

Shotokan is a system of karate that was brought to Japan from Okinawa by O’ Sensei Gichin Funakoshi.  Funakoshi was a teacher from Okinawa and a student of several karate and kobudo styles.  Training is usually divided into kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).  Shotokan incorporates blocks, punches, strikes, kicks, and throws into a strong martial art system of self-defence.  While the techniques are budo in nature, the ultimate goal is the perfection of ones character through training.

Kobujutsu is a weapons system brought to Japan from Okinawa by Master Motokatsu Inoue.  It includes the effective use of Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Tekko, Tinbe and Rochin, and Surujin.  Like karate, Kobujutsu training is divided into Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), and Kumite (fighting).  Both weapons and karate training share the same principles: ma-ai (distance and timing), kime (focus), tai sabaki (body shifting), kyusho (vital points), and mushin (calm mind).  Karate and weapons are meant to work as one, “like two wheels on a bicycle”.

The dojo is registered with the Traditional Karate Institute of Canada and the National Traditional Karate FederationThey are part of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF).