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Training at Mountain Karate
Our instructors love to teach. They have taught karate to thousands of students, trained with outstanding teachers in Okinawa and the US, and bring real-world experience – a needed reality check for teaching personal defense, and for giving the best experience to every student at Mountain Karate.
Mountain Karate’s style is traditional Okinawan Shorin Ryu. Shorin Ryu is a practical and powerful martial art native to the island of Okinawa, in southern Japan. For centuries the Okinawan people traveled to China. They adapted the martial arts of the coastal cities of Fujian Province, to the arts they practiced at home, creating Shorin Ryu – the powerful, effective and unique art we teach.
People love our classes. Adults get a challenge. Kids have a great time. Everyone gets stronger and more skillful every time they train. The atmosphere is welcoming, positive, and professional, with personal attention for everyone in the class. Start any time. Everyone is welcome.
Martial Arts Intelligence
Recent Posts on the life and practice of martial arts
When Indiana Jones faced a massive scimitar-wielding warrior he smirked, drew his pistol and shot the swordsman dead. For some people that incident put a bullet in the head of martial arts. Done. Outdated. Silly. Gone the way of the cavalry charge, the knight in armor, the sword and shield. That has not proved true. […]
At first enthusiasm gets you in the door. You imagine yourself as you want to be, with great skill, great confidence, great power. The reality of the first hard steps in training is acceptable. You can overlook not knowing what you are doing, not being able to do as much as you want, lower in […]
June 7 – 11, 2023 合宿 Intensive training High altitude outdoor training National Yamabayashi ryu black belt testing New tactics and techniques New bunkai applications Visits by outstanding practitioners or Yamabayashi Ryu held at Mountain Karate, Yamabayashi ryu honbu, Saluda, NC. Registration now underway.
If your life is framed by the choice between gain and loss, fame and obscurity, praise and blame, and pleasure and pain then you are done. It is too late. As practitioners we have a better basis for deciding what to do and what to avoid. By practitioners I do not mean all people who […]
If you look at people who live under pre modern conditions, embedded in the natural world, doing what they need to do to live, you can see that their bodies are healthy and their faces are calm. They walk, they work, they live together. Maybe they farm, they gather, they hunt. Certainly they protect their […]
Martial arts training can sometimes get trapped in an inward frame of reference – what we do, how we do it, what my teacher says to do to get the next rank, and so on. It is possible for martial arts to drift away from practical demands, and a genuine self-defense frame of reference. That […]
We do Rohai as a kagami- or mirror- kata, because it is the most one-sided of all our kata. For example, all the knee lifts are on the right. None are on the left. There are many complete asymmetries in Rohai. To balance the training we get from it, to be able to execute all […]
Our training benefits us every day of our lives, in many ways. Health, stamina, strength, flexibility, confidence and focus are ours, continually. The self-defense model of training is very useful because it gives a sense of immediacy and urgency to the way we move and think, which can be more intense than some games or […]
Over the course of training people change. Whole new qualities appear. Some start out thinking they are unstoppable. They learn about the limits of talent, and the benefits of training. Some start out feeling that they are behind the curve, because they are learning something new, and don’t know how to do it yet. There […]
The Peak Experience
Our members have different goals and abilities. They all come for a challenge. Here is what they have to say:
Sensei Brooks provides an amazing place to train and learn the martial art that he has dedicated most of his life to studying. Mountain Karate has changed my life, and that is not an understatement. His training has significantly improved my physical and mental health, and has also come into play in several real-world situations due to my line of work. Sensei Brooks takes training very seriously and the results are shown through his students. This martial art is not just about learning self defense, it is also about discovering your inner warrior and working through any psychological barriers that you may have. I am beyond grateful for Sensei Brooks’ training.
“Our middle daughter was very interested in karate. We decided to enroll her to help teach her some valuable lessons and skills that she could use within her young life however, we’ve quickly become a karate family with all five of us now attending! The lessons that we learn together as a family at the dojo make our family bond imperishable. Not only are we healthier, we are much happier and a lot stronger! We are forever grateful to Sensei Brooks for his skillful teachings!”Holly O.
Morality or our Core beliefs are guarded by training the mind, body, & spirit. I have practiced martial arts since I was a young man and I recommend my home Dojo and teacher Sensei Jeff Brooks at Mountain Karate for this Journey to everyone.Troy R.
The energy and inspiration from Sensei Brooks teaching is invaluable. I’ve been to 2 summer seminars hosted by Sensei Brooks, and both have been packed with learning, experiences and unforgettable memories for me and my family. We look forward to more training opportunities!Srinivas J.
Karate saved my life when I was confronted – and it has made an incredible difference in every part of life – in ways I could never have imagined when I started training almost 30 years ago.Tarleton
Mountain karate is an exceptional martial arts training environment with clear and effective instruction backed by years of personal, professional and practical experience. I recommend it highly.Michael L.
After a long search for a dojo I joined Mountain Karate and I’m glad I did. It has become a huge part of my life, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from Sensei Brooks. The benefits I receive from karate are invaluable, and I would encourage anyone interested to try it.Bruce B.