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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
There is a karate myth that Renzoku only means “no count” – that it is nothing more than a command to perform kata without a verbal count for each move. The moves are still performed as if there was a count to separate them – moving from one posture to the next, with an intentional […]
Our hands have no fixed form. They change, as we use them for different tasks. Their form is “empty” of a fixed nature. Hand is written “手”and pronounced “te” in Japanese. Kara “空” means “empty.” Our hands, as we use them in karate practice, hold nothing. They do not grasp any implement or object or weapon. […]
The fist about to smash my chest was traveling close to the speed of sound. I sent it past me and it disappeared. I had done it a thousand times. I was barely able to do it this time. But I did it. Then I did it again. And again. The fist was my training […]
Martial artists develop powerful concentration in training. In bursts, under pressure, and for sustained periods of endurance training, our ability to focus goes far beyond the capacity we would have if we were untrained. That deep focus comes, little by little, naturally, as we make effort to meet the high-performance demands of our training. We […]
In the dojo we train vigilance as a tripwire for defense. In every class we work to maintain awareness continually. We do that in class formalities, hojo undo, kata practice, two person drills and kumite. Compressing the perception-response interval – the speed to action in a combative situation – is decisive both in training and […]
Our first line of defense is to know the difference between right and wrong. But staying out of trouble is not enough. We need to build our ability to do right. Doing things well gives us freedom. Here’s why: If you do not take care of yourself, if you are unable to do much that […]
To increase speed we create conditions in the dojo where speed is essential: kumite is one way, speed drills on a bag or on hand-held focus targets are another, two-person choreographed contact drills, with accelerating pace, are another. We can also do speed work in kata. Using kata and other solo drills – times when we can focus on our own body […]
The Peak Experience
Our members have different goals and abilities. They all come for a challenge. Here is what they have to say:
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.
“Mountain Karate has helped my daughter learn several valuable lessons at a young age which will serve her well for the rest of her life: hard work, focus, getting up and trying again after you fall, and courage even when you’re nervous or scared. It’s a testament to the skilled and patient instructors that she’s learned all of this with a huge grin on her face throughout.”Michael F.
Karate makes me feel strong!Tula F.
Karate has numerous health benefits for everyone and all ages. If anyone in Henderson/Polk County is interested – We have a real gem here in Saluda With Jeff Brooks’ Mountain Karate. I personally love it and is fabulous exercise.Dr. Bonnie Williamson
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
“I’m grateful for the opportunity Sensei Brooks offers, to delve into an art that challenges mind and body, perceptions and self awareness. It will take a lifetime to comprehend but I’m enjoying every step along the way!”Cassandra N.
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.
Mountain Karate has helped instill in my son the long-standing traditions of discipline, perseverance, and a pursuit of excellence.Eric B.
Karate is great!Bruce B.