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Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Karate-Do

I began to practice karate as a student of Shihan John Roseberry when I lived in Lincoln. Shihan Roseberry's school, Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan, teaches traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. The style combines hard, go, and soft, ju styles. The strong linear attacks characteristic of this style come from Naha-Te, another traditional style from Okinawa. The softer circular blocks and traps are a characteristic adopted from internal Chinese styles of Kung-Fu.

The club name signifies the important factors in the style of goju-ryu. "Sho" means mind, body, and spirit. This shows that karate is not just a physical activity. The karate-ka must develop both internally and physically. "Rei" means quick to react in a defensive manner. As a peaceful person, a karate-ka will not have an aggressive attitude. However, he or she will always be ready should a need for self defense arise. "Shobu" means the martial way. The karate-ka will strive to apply the seven virtues of bushido in all aspects of life. The karate-ka works for justice, honor, veracity, loyalty, politeness, benevolence, and courage. "Kan" means school or club. This is a place to work and to enjoy oneself to the fullest through karate-do.

Shihan Roseberry teaches karate, judo, and aikido in his Lincoln dojo. Shihan has also trained many fine teachers that have gone on to found schools that are part of the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Organizaiton. The Kent Dojo has a home page that describes their school and the organization.

Rob Monaco maintains a web page that describes Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate in more detail.

The 1993 Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. [IMAGE:  The 1993 Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan National Convention]
[IMAGE:  A Baqua-Chang Drill]

A Baqua-Chang Drill.


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