Boston is an organization dedicated to training the Okinawan martial
arts of Goju Ryu Karate Do and Matayoshi Kobudo. Membership is by
invitation of the organization. We are organized as a club, and
none of us makes a profit from the dojo; dues are collected in order
to meet necessary expenses, such as rent.
goals in training are the development of the practitioners
body, mind, and spirit and the improvement of self defense skills
through the practice of traditional Okinawan martial arts. We train
in a non-competitive environment; each member works not only to
improve him or her self, but to help the other members improve as
well. Our training consists primarily of stretching, calisthenics,
kata (form) practice, and paired practice working with the techniques
embodied in the kata (kata bunkai kumite). We do not participate
in competitive events, in or outside of the dojo, as we do not feel
that competition fosters the type of development we are aiming at,
nor does it foster the development of proper self-defense skills.
In our dojo, we aim to train hard, work together to develop our
skills, and enjoy our training. One important aspect of our training
is that while students often act as opponents in the dojo, this
is done with the understanding that we are all working together
to develop our skills, and our spirit.
Our training sessions are 2 hours
long, twice a week, with a third session of open training on most
weekends. Training consists of approximately 45 minutes of stretching,
calisthenics, warm up exercises, and basic drills, followed by practice
of kata, and paired exercises. There is considerable contact in
the paired exercises, though this is controlled and organized to
teach techniques while minimizing risk to participants. Contact
on blows to the head is prohibited.
Protective equipment is not worn
in any of our training sessions (though a cup or other protective
equipment may be worn if desired). We also conduct training in weapons
(Kobudo) for students of yon-kyu (green
belt) and above, and at the invitation of the kobudo instructor.
Testing and promotion in the dojo
are at the discretion of the dojo seniors. There are regularly scheduled
tests every quarter. While everyone participates in testing and
quarterly evaluations, promotion depends on the individuals
development, not on time in rank or any other criteria. There is
no extra fee for testing, nor is promotion linked in any way to
payment. Participation and payment of club dues entitles the student
to promotion when his or her skill has sufficiently progressed.
New material is therefore taught to students as they master their
current subjects and the senior students feel they are ready to
Members are expected to train as
often as possible, with focus and a good spirit, and to work to
improve and to help others improve. Proper etiquette
is to be followed in the dojo at all times, and each student is
expected to understand this. (If there are any questions that are
not covered in the handout on etiquette, or by the acting instructor,
feel free to ask.). Everyone is also expected to keep their uniform
(gi) or workout clothes clean, help keep the dojo clean, and to
pay dues promptly. In general, students are simply expected to treat
both their seniors and juniors with the respect they are due as
Finally, while there are seniors and juniors, teachers and students,
in the dojo, outside it we are all adults, peers and friends with
our own lives, jobs, and families. Therefore, we ask that the formal
roles in the dojo remain there; they are an important part of our
martial training, but are not always appropriate in the rest of
our lives. Our goal is to make our martial training relevant to
our lives as a whole, not to keep it segmented away from, or to
insist on it having excessive influence on, the rest of our lives.
If you are interested in joining our group, we suggest you come
down and watch a training session. If you think you would be interested
in participating, talk more with one of our senior students, and
feel free to ask anyone in the dojo any questions you might have.
We hope to see you soon!