What is Ashihara Kai?
Karate is both an art and a philosophy; because each person
has a different personality and physical capability, this is reflected
in their interpretation of karate. Therefore, the karate masters founded
their own schools over the ages, teaching their own style, or Ryu.
Today there are five major styles and a huge number of splinter
styles and derivations. Note that we are talking of Japanese karate only,
and not looking to the fighting arts of China or Korea.
Ashihara Karate is what we call our Ryu or style, named after
Kancho Hideyuki Ashihara, a man who has devoted himself to the pursuit
of the most rational, logical karate techniques. The quintessence of Ashihara
Karate lies in its innate rationality. It embraces a method which is probably
the most scientifically logical. As such, Ashihara Karate is the most vital
and practical in real-fight situations.
Ashihara Karate can be described as moving in circles.
symbol of Ashihara Karate illustrates the principles of the most efficient
movements of the human body. The human body has a natural inclination to
move in circles and in three dimensions, this transposes to the movement
of a sphere.
Circular movements mean that, rather than meeting an
opponent head-on, you move around him, staying at his side or back, deflecting
attacks and making yourself a difficult target.
Learning the techniques and forms of this "risk free"
karate is pure pleasure. Punch without being punched! Fell your opponent
without going down yourself! In striving to achieve the maximum performance
of the human body, the chances of being injured are reduced and the probability
of victory correspondingly increases. This is the philosophy of Ashihara
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