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,
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.
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
Shihan Roseberry teaches karate, judo, and aikido in his Lincoln
Shihan has also trained many fine teachers that have gone
on to found schools that are part of the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan
Kent Dojo has a home page that describes their school and the
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.
A Baqua-Chang Drill.
Last revised on September 14, 1998
Gregory W. Smith (WD9GAY)
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