Why Shunryu® Karate?

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20+ Years Of Success

The Shunryu® method started being taught in Germany in the 90's and has expanded to several continents since then!

Unique Training System

Developed by a karate and ju-jitsu expert, the Shunryu® method focuses on teaching self-defence skills right from the beginning!

Kids Training Expertise

The Shunryu® approach believes that kids are not small adults and thus should learn life-saving skills in a fun and engaging way!

The History Behind Shunryu®

The founder of Shunryu® Karate, Oliver Becker, started his Shotokan Karate training back in 1986, training under the tutelage of Bernhard Keller, 8th degree black belt and direct student from Kanazawa Hirokazu, and continued his journey in that style until he achieved the 2nd degree black belt.

After serving in the German Army and becoming a close protection officer, Sensei Becker came to the conclusion that there was a link missing between the traditional karate he learned and its application in his missions. From them on, he started adapting his training and including elements from his experience with Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Ninjutsu.

Being a martial arts instructors for children, Sensei Becker did not want the beautiful elements of traditional karate to fall short while teaching real-life techniques adapted to our modern reality. From this linkage, Shunryu® Karate was born. The name should express the philosophy of free development while keeping a beginners mind (shoshin) and pays tribute to the zen master Suzuki Shunryū.

Since the beginnings of the 2000's, more and more people found interest in the method and wanted to adapt their own martial arts training to the Shunryu® principles. That's how Shunryu® Jiu-Jitsu and Shunryu® Taekwondo came to life. If you are interested in learning more about Shunryu® Martial Arts, contact us.

Why is Shunryu® karate better?

It's not! It just teaches karate (and other martial arts) in a different way.

If you are a seasoned martial arts practitioner, you know that all martial arts are very similar once you achieve a certain degree of mastery. However, sometimes, they differ incredibly in the way they teach you how to get there. The famous samurai warrior and author Miyamoto Musashi said: "There is more than one path to the top of the mountain".

Besides, your own karate will change according to your objectives. You may train for competition, to stay fit, for personal improvement, for brutal self-defence, to find the "lost roots" of your art, or maybe just to hang around with the people in your dojo. And all those reasons are legit. There is no right or wrong, better or worse, nor you have to stick to only one of those for the rest of your life. And if you search, you will find all those possibilities in karate itself.

The path we chose teaches some skills in different moments of the journey than other styles, adapts some karate ideas to our modern life in civilization, and adds some new elements that did not play a significant role in older times. We do not overemphasize formality or mimicking Japanese ways. However, we believe that karate is only karate as long as it is taught under the guiding principles of self-improvement and respect.

"Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too." Gichin Funakoshi

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