Our Shindokan Budo-LI Family
Here at Shindokan Budo-Long Island we take great pride in community spirit and individual accomplishments. Our goal is to guide you to achievements of mind, body, and spirit that you would never have thought possible.
We provide instruction in Jujutsu, a Japanese martial art that provides a complete system of physical self-defense. Jujutsu is distinguished from other martial arts by its emphasis on attacking the body’s joints and vital points to throw, lock or disable the attacker. Our specific style of Jujutsu is called Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu. The physical system includes learning techniques such as various kicks, blocks, strikes, joint locks, throws, defense against various weapons, grappling, and free sparring. Along with learning physical techniques, every student finds improvement in concentration, patience, self-discipline, calmness, and Inner peace.
The origin of Jujutsu is in Eastern philosophy and it may present concepts and ideas that are not a part of your daily experience. Keep an open mind. Try to avoid Western interpretations of this Eastern art. If you have previously studied another martial art, “empty your cup” and keep yourself open to new concepts, methods, and ways of achieving similar goals.
The philosophy of Shindokan Budo-LI is one that closely parallels the code of Bushido, the Way of the Samura Warrior. Bushido incorporates serious training as a way of life not only in martial arts training, but as preparation for all aspects of living one’s life. This means that students learn not only a method of physical self-defense, but they also learn respect, confidence, courtesy, dedication, perseverance, independence, tolerance, patience, and much more. These teachings follow one throughout one’s life at home, in school, and at work. Respect, hard work, attention, and dedication to training are always provided by the instructors and are expected of every student in return. All students are encouraged to grow in spirit as well as physically. Teachers will provide a different focus and emphasis during classes to assist students.
New students often feel as over-whelmed by the foreign language, protocol, and class structure as they do by the intense physical activity. Remember to RELAX! In the beginning, everyone starts out the same, as a white belt (beginner) in the back of the room. Do not worry about making mistakes or feeling foolish. Try to copy the senior instructors and students. Jujutsu is learned and developed only through hard work and practice. Learning is much easier with a relaxed mind and body. Remember to take it EASY! Even if you are used to regular physical activity, Jujutsu will work your muscles in new ways. Do not push yourself too hard at first. Sore and stiff muscles only cause frustration and can lead to injuries. The endurance, strength, and speed shown by the senior students have been developed over a period of months or years. Pace yourself for slow, steady, development. Remember, patience will bring rewards.