Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
See current schedule here
(1) Karate Kids Class A Beginners ( 7 -14 years old)
Enshin Karate Kids Class A is for kids who are ages 7-14. Here, we teach the very basics of Enshin Karate such as kihon, kata and introductory Sabaki techniques. More so, our goal for this class is to instill discipline and respect while providing a dynamic, fun learning environment.
(2) Karate Kids Class B Intermediate- Advanced (7-14 years old)
Kids Class B is our junior level program geared towards kids who are ages 7-14. This class focuses on the same concept as Kids Class A but take the Sabaki techniques to a more advanced level. Sparring is incorporated into the menu and our goal is teach kids how to apply the Sabaki method into their training and other daily activities. Again, our goal is to instill disciple and respect but with more emphasis on leadership and teamwork.
(3) Adult (15 and up)
We pursue Enshin Karate and the Sabaki method to the fullest extent in this class and the training menu consist of group stretching, basics, kata, Sabaki mitt training and sparring. It is a great way to keep in shape and learn full contact karate in an enjoyable training environment where we value a sense of community and family. All ages 15 and up are welcomed.
What is Enshin Karate?
The name ENSHIN is derived from two Japanese words: “en” meaning ‘open or unfinished circle’ and “shin” meaning ‘heart’ or ‘inner.’ The combination of these two words and their meanings embody the most important aspects of Enshin Karate. For me, above all else, the ‘inner circle’ of Enshin Karate represents the strong bonds that keep us together. The strength of this organization depends on the ability of each of us to listen to our hearts, and to relate to others through it. The circle is the essence of the strategy and movement in Enshin Karate. The infinite points on a circle represent the unlimited positions we move to and counter from in meeting an opponent. This circular movement that takes one out of a line of attack and into a position from which he can counter attack is the basis for Enshin Karate technique. The Enshin circle is an open circle. It is not complete, although it strives to be. It represents the idea that our challenge is never finished, although we are always working towards making it so. This unfinished state is a source of motivation and it reminds us that perfection is to be aimed for even if it cannot be achieved. The middle ring in our logo represents the cycle that is the essence of our training as well as life. In training we begin as a white belt, and move through the darkening belts before becoming a black belt. When we achieve the black belt we begin anew. So, too, in life. Each goal we reach marks a new beginning. The Enshin Karate-do is not the only Way. But I believe very strongly in it. It is my wish to offer Enshin Karate to anyone whose heart and mind believes with me in this Way. Then, together, we can all work to finish the circle. (from Enshin.com)
Who is Kancho Joko Ninomiya?
Long before Kancho Ninomiya arrived in the United States in 1974, he had a dream. From the days in his youth when he first began training, Ninomiya wanted to bring the spirit and technique of real karate to this country. After devoting himself for many years to reaching the top in competitive karate, Ninomiya won the All-Japan Tournament in 1978. As one of Japan’s most popular champions, he realized that his life in karate was leading him beyond the mat of tournament competition. He returned to the U.S. and rededicated himself to his art, developing and teaching the strategy and technique he believed in. In 1988, Ninomiya started his own style, Enshin Karate. In an effort to bring authentic fighting karate to the United States, Ninomiya established the Sabaki Challenge, which has become this country’s premier karate-tournament. Because he felt that his training for the All-Japan helped him grow stronger both physically and mentally, Ninomiya wants to offer this opportunity to martial artists of all ages. Today Kancho Ninomiya is the Grandmaster of Enshin Karate and its growing network of schools throughout the United States and the world. He feels a strong personal commitment to maintaining a close organization and offering his logical, practical system of karate to anyone who is interested in what it has to offer.
Branch Chief Enshin Karate 4th Dan
Kodokan Judo 2nd Dan
Kyokushin Karate 1st Dan
Enshin Karate 2nd Dan
2011 Colorado Regional Karate Tournament 1st place (Kumite Lightweight Division)
2011 Colorado Regional Karate Tournament 1st place (Kata Division)
2012 World Sabaki Challenge Participant. (Lightweight Division)
2015 World Sabaki Challenge Participant. (Lightweight Division)
What is Sabaki? What is Enshin Karate? Sabaki Challenge Tournament Information, and more! Karate class taught at Butokuden is an officially recognized as a branch of Enshin Karate organization.