About the Dojo
The Okinawan Karate Club of San Diego (OKCSD) teaches a traditional Okinawan style of karate- Shorin Ryu Karate as taught by O-Sensei Eizo Shimabukuro with added elements of Shorei-Goju Ryu Karate headed by Hanshi Phil Morgan and Shudokan Karate as taught by the late Shibucho Walter Todd. The Okinawan Karate Club of San Diego has close associations with the Okinawan Karate Club of Dallas and the National Shorei Goju Ryu Assocation.
AC’s two major influences on his karate training are Hanshi (9th degree) Sensei Phil Morgan, Style Head for Shorei-Goju Ryu Karate and Kyoshi (7th degree) Sensei Ilene Smolger, head instructor and founder of the Okinawan Karate Club of Dallas.
Kyoshi Smolger’s Bio can be found at: http://www.okinawankarateclub.com/index.php/about-us/instructors#IJS
Hanshi Morgan’s Bio can be found at: http://nationalshoreigojuryuassociation.com/morgan.html
The Shorei-Goju Ryu Student Creed is as follows:
“I will build True Confidence through Knowledge of the Mind, Honesty of the Heart, and Strength of the Body. I will offer Friendship to others and strive to build a Strong Community. I will as a Black Belt win the battle within Myself and never fight to achieve selfish ends.”
While Shorin Ryu does not necessarily have a creed, both styles support the same principles- through the martial arts, we work towards personal growth and self-improvement and with that in mind, we form a community supporting each other, inside and outside the dojo.
Often a beginner’s karate gi (uniform) are given to students with their first months of dues. All equipment is provided by OKCSD except for the purchase of one’s gi, one’s own personal weapons or sparring equipment. All intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to buy their own sparring equipment. All men are required to wear a cup. Students do not have to wear a gi to try a free class. All belts will be given to the student by the Sensei. A student should never purchase his/her own belt and should only wear the belt given to him/her by the Sensei.