SRKS Defense Sensei Scott Wagner carries on the tradition of Shorei Ryu Karate, a Japanese style. Adults and Kids can both train at the Kankakee YMCA. Let our certified black belt instructor teach your child self-awareness, self- confidence, self-motivation and self-control. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
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Shorei-Ryu was first brought to the United States in 1946 by Robert Trias, who opened the first karate school in this country then. Robert A. Trias served in the U.S. Naval service in World War II as a weldsman in the British Solomon Islands. While in the Orient, Trias studied the system under Choke Motobu's chief instructor, Tung Gee Hsing, and learned the Chinese mo-kempo under Hoy Yuan Ping. Landing back home in phoenix, Arizona, Robert Trias joined the AZ Highway Patrol and in 1946 he opened the first US Karate School or Dojo. Robert Trias began teaching Shorei-Ryu at this Dojo. He then passed this unique style on to many who have passed along the traditions. Shorei Ryu Karate Studio was formed in 1967 by Burley Wagner. Originally named Goju Shorei, the dojo was behind Mr. Wagners house in the garage. Together with Sonny Snejberg and Carl Southard , Mr. Wagner built this areas most successful style of martial arts. For over 30 years they produced countless numbers of state and national champions. Mr. Wagner passed away December 21st 1992 at the age of 54. He was a 7th degree Black Belt. When Mr. Wagner passed away the tradition was handed down to his 2nd son Scott. Scott ran the studio for the next 7 years at the Bourbonnais location until they were forced to close due to the sale of the property. After a brief shutdown, Sensei Wagner reopened as SRKS Defense in Bradley , Il. Teaching the same intense karate that built Shorei Ryu Karate Studio, our team quickly earned respect on the tournament circuit. We teach effective self defense for all ages. When you achieve a rank at our studio, now located at the Kankakee YMCA, you can rest assure that you have earned it.
"Karate is my secret, I will not display it to the public."
"I bear no weapons."
"I pray forgiveness for having used karate in an unmannerly fashion and pray I never have to use it again."
This is the salute that is always done at the end of each kata in the shorei-ryu system of karate. Shorei-ryu was developed, or named, about 100 years ago around the mid-1800s by Kanryo Higashionna. In the Foochow Province he studied for some 20 years under Liu Liu Ko. But it was not until Higashionna came back to Okinawa that he began to develop the shorei-ryu system.
Shorei-ryu is associated with the courage class of karate and is primarily an internal system.
There is an old saying, "For something to be strong and lasting, it must have a good foundation." The shorei-ryu system has its greatest emphasis on its foundation: the horse stance. Hours of practice are devoted to standing in the horse stance and the lunge position in the dojo. The horse stance must be low to the ground and the shorei karateka must become accustomed to this low center of gravity. It is always much harder to knock someone down the lower he is to the ground. Further, a low stance is usually much stronger than a higher one. For the appropriate progress to be made in the shorei style the foundation must be made stronger and more solid.
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Find SRKS Defense at the Kankakee YMCA. SRKS Defense teaches Shorei Ryu style karate.