Having been schooled in the martial arts for almost 30 years, Sensei Charles Forbes (4th Dan) provides karate classes at Graceway with the purpose of maintaining the highest standards for training in, teaching and preserving the style of Shindo Jinen Ryu. It is the aim to provide students with a lifetime skill in a warm and friendly environment while improving the overall quality of life.
Sensei Forbes began his karate training under the tutelage of Arnold Farquharson, (godan) in Shotokan karate. Farquharson Sensei was a student of Kogi Sugimoto Sensei, a student of the late Tomosaburo Okano (8th Dan), who was a student of Grand master Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern day karate.
Over the next several years, Sensei Forbes was fortunate enough to receive training from Sensei Sugimoto and other senior instructors in the Kenkojuku organization, including the late master Tomosaburo Okano. Sensei Forbes’ involvement in karate allowed him to represent the Bahamas at the 1988 Pan American Karate championship and he was a member of the bronze medalist team in synchronized kata.
Sensei Forbes’ involvement and passion for karate has also extended beyond the competition arena. He became the first president of the newly formed, Bahamas karate Federation, which was formerly the Bahamas Karate Association. After serving as president for several years, Sensei Forbes also held various positions within the organization, such as secretary, treasurer and national coach. He also played an integral role in the training of Bahamian athletes who medaled at both the Pan American games and the Central American and Caribbean championship games (CAC). A year ago he completed his 4th degree (Yondan) at the Hombu Dojo in Anaehemi California where the international headquarters is located headed by Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki.
Karate is a popular Japanese martial art that hails from what is now Okinawa in Japan and is a “striking art” that uses punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands.
There are over 50 million Karate practitioners in the world feeling not only the health benefits of this ancient art which include improved fitness, improved muscle tone, improved posture, increased flexibility, weight loss / weight maintenance, reduced levels of stress, etc but less obvious benefits
Including, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, improved anger-management, improved discipline and self-control, improved concentration and memory, improved motivation and a feeling of empowerment.
Ethical and Moral Benefits
Karate cultivates excellent character – this is especially important for children and young people; it does this by promoting respect, courtesy, good-manners, kindness, consideration, compassion, courage and loyalty.
Coming to Karate classes is an excellent way to make new friends, develop social skills, develop leadership and team-building skills.
Perhaps most importantly though, Karate is great fun, with all this in mind is there any aspect of Karate that you or your child wouldn’t benefit from?