The best kids martial arts teach manners, discipline and respect as well as good self defence for kids. Navan martial arts club not only imparts this knowledge but does so in a fun filled happy environment. Kids martial arts classes in Navan co Meath cater for all ages and parents are very much a part of the club. All our instructors are trained in Japan under grandmaster Shoto Tanemura and all members are registered in Japan. Martial arts Navan cover all aspects of childrens martial arts and encourage this discipline throughout other aspects of their lives. Kids martial arts Navan teach children the value of respecting their parents and teachers as well as the best childrens self defence through awareness. It is better if a child can see danger before it happens and escape. This is the age old way of teaching children good martial arts and martial strategy. They must only engage in conflict when there is absolutely no other option and in that case they must have good childrens self defence.
An important part of kids martial arts Navan is learning how to deal with bullies in a way that does not turn the child into a bully. If a child has self worth then they will not bully others. The best childrens martial arts classes teach children self worth.
Adults martial arts classes in Navan teach traditional Japanese Kobudo in the traditional way with emphasis on the highest level of manners. Kobudo forms the basic levels of all Japanese martial arts and therefore the best adults self defence. Navan martial arts club teach Genbukan Martial Arts which covers the complete martial arts spectrum of training from kicking, punching, blocking, locks, throws, escapes as well as Japanese sword, bo staff (stick fighting) spear and archery. There are specialist weapons after this and the highest level of martial arts training that round the person. In ancient times women had to walk the mountains attending shrines and some were even monks. They had to learn the highest and best womens self defence in order to survive. This again was achieved through traditional training. It is not about fighting or competition. It is about self defence and the preservation of life. It is about teaching children good manners and the best childrens self defence through martial training. It is about giving women the tools to deal with difficult situations while enjoying training. It is about the best fun things for kids to do in Navan while learning valuable life skills. Kids can learn great skills through a very good childrens martial art but they must balance this with good manners and understanding the essence of the martial arts.
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Live by the sword, die by the sword is a common saying related to the savagery of war or a lifestyle that would bring about an unhappy ending. The reality of sword training is very different from this and teaches us the culture of the sword because that is where the training brings the person and eventually the personality that becomes intertwined with this culture. It breeds a very different understanding of why one would train with the sword and defines the art in its true light. The culture of the sword is of course intrinsically tied to warfare but it has a disciplined nature and that makes it very different to firing a gun or even training with a knife. There is of course discipline in all weapons training but the Japanese sword was taken to a much higher level and with it those who afford themselves that time and patience in becoming part of that training in its most stringent and controlled manner become enamoured to its power and more so its strength.
At Shogun.ie Navan and Mullingar students come to train for many different reasons, some simply love the culture of Japan and its history. It is important to know that history makes you what you are and by immersing yourself in the culture of what you are learning history becomes a part of you.
The power of a sword is in its cut and ultimately in one who wields it well, but Its strength, when realised, is not one of warfare it is of the forging of a more disciplined mind.
My annual trip to Japan was as always a most memorable time. Having returned to Ireland late Thursday evening 23rd after a very long and arduous journey due to delays I was happy to be home with my family. My time in Japan was as always one of intense training and valuable teachings that can only come from the wise mind of a great teacher. Imparting knowledge is a great gift and one that few can duly place upon the minds of those who wish to learn, for placing such immeasurable wealth can only be done by those who are trained to the highest level and accord each student the greatest gift, that of knowledge.
As we raise to higher levels our training does not get easier and more effort is required. Those that are raised to higher levels have the greatest distance to fall and must always be mindful of this. Even the grandmaster continually trains in his awareness of this most important point.
Japan was in full bloom at this time of year with cherry blossoms displaying their beautiful pink and white flowers all over the country. In Japanese these are called Sakura and are awaited every year with great excitement. Sakura bloom for approximately one week to 10 days of each year. They are not used for anything just admired for their beauty. In the old koryu schools of which we are one of the last sakura are endemic of the Samurai heart. The true samurai does not walk with big shoulders but appears at times when good is needed. This is the heart of sakura showing the beauty only one time and symbolic of a peaceful nature bringing happiness. It is said in the old Ninja schools that the heart of the Ninja is that of the flower. It is said in the old schools that the Ninja is never seen but his presence is felt. My teacher Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura explained to me that a person who displays a vulgar nature can never be a true martial artist and will always be seen for what they are. Simply look to the Hanna (flower) and you will see this. There is no vulgarity in true beauty.
Japans history in its turbulence managed to somehow create a balance between the beauty of nature and the discipline of the sword. My training this time in Japan was in one of the rare sword schools that are preserved within our system and with grateful acknowledgement to our martial Arts ancestors I can bow in reverence to everything they passed on to us and to my teacher of course who so attentively imparts these wonderful gifts.
One late evening with the Grandmaster and his family we strolled along the Edo river where a vista of Cherry blossoms, Sakura, lined the banks for about 3 miles each illumed by a Japanese lantern that reflected a darting red shimmering light on the water. The grandmaster explained that the trees have a life span very similar to warriors of the Sengoku Jidai (warring period) and subsequently soldiers during periods of war the world over 16-20 years. A short lifespan for a warrior but one that was all too familiar during both world wars.
Their beauty therefore may depict far more than that of a flower but reflect that of a life well lived however short and duty performed no matter how dire the circumstances. We must do boldly what is necessary in our lives but we must do so with manners, discipline and respect and in so doing show the heart of compassion with the strength of bamboo. This will lead to Butoku Martial Virtue and in itself displays the very heart of Sakura. This is the way of the Martial Artist.
Japan as always has fond memories for me and each time is a time to itself where things learned are ingested and nurtured. I look forward to my next journey in October along with a large contingent of Irish students and I am sure each will experience something of Japan in their own way.
Training at the highest level is something we all aspire to. This year October 2014 Shogun.ie brought 29 students to the Uk to train directly under Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura. The event took place in Brighton as the first European Tai kai teaching one of the rarest schools of Martial Arts in the world Kijin Chosui Ryu. Head instructor for Ireland Martin O’Raghaillaigh Kyoshi was one of the demonstration group that had the privilege of being on the receiving end of the grandmasters techniques. It was a truly unique experience for students who had the opportunity to see first hand a true Japanese grandmaster.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura demonstrating a throw on Kyoshi Martin O’Raghaillaigh Kyoshi
Martin O’Raghaillaigh has often said that know one can really appreciate the knowledge that a grandmaster has until they experience it for themselves and indeed the unique way in which old style Martial Arts are transmitted to our generation. A generation that is so overwhelmed with modern misconceptions and ideas of what martial Arts really are. Martial Arts are there to impart knowledge that will improve the person. It is there to enable the mind. Having the ability to protect yourself will naturally improve confidence and awareness. A child with a disciplined mind has a greater chance of escaping from danger. An adult with a good level of discipline has the ability to develop a cultured mind which in itself is a form of self defence.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura with his son Khoutarou Tanemura Shihan in Ireland 2009
Confidence, control and discipline demonstrated at the highest levels are achieved through the repetition of age old techniques that test the mind and body