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Welcome to Kumanomori Martial Arts

Kumanomori is dedicated to inspiring and developing excellence in the sport and practice of Karate.
We are affiliated with the Seiwa Kai Canada and the worldwide Seiwa Kai organization.
Our core style of instruction is Goju Ryu, one of the four main styles of karate practiced in world today.
Students also learn supplemental judo techniques, weapons and grappling techniques.
Whether you practice at a recreational or competitive level, our program corresponds to World Karate Federation (WKF) standards.
We are proudly Hamilton's only dojo that practises karate in association with the provincial sport organization Karate Ontario.
This means if you like to compete and qualify at provincial and national competitions, you could represent Canada at International competitions
such as the Pan Am Games and the WKF World Championships. When karate is approved as an Olympic Sport, this too would be an option for you.

The practise of Karate is divided into three basic areas: Kata, Bunkai and Kumite.
Kata is a prearranged set of movements that represent the principals of a variety of defensive techniques.
Bunkai literally means “break apart” and “analyse”. In Bunkai, we practise what the movements of the Kata actually mean, in terms of self-defence.
Kumite is translated as Sparring. It was developed in order to practise real life fighting as closely as possible, without injuring your partner.

From these basic areas, students branch out learning Judo(take-downs; grappling, hidden applications in katas); Kobudo(Weapons) and in-depth self defence techniques.

About Karate

Karate is a martial art which developed first in Okinawa, later Japan and is now popular throughout the world. There are four major styles (and many sub-styles) of karate in popular practice today:
Goju Ryu; Wado Ryu; Shotokan; and Shito Ryu.

Goju Ryu

The meaning of Goju is derived from two contrasting terms – Go (meaning hard) and Ju (soft). Goju incorporates a mixtures of hard and soft techniques, making it a unique and effective style of karate
The founder of Goju Ryu, Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) entrusted the teaching of Goju Ryu in mainland Japan to Master Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989). Master Yamaguchi helped to found the
All Japan Karate-Do Goju-Kai in 1950 and promoted Goju-Kai throughout the world.

The practitioners of Seiwa Kai Goju Ryu Karate work to follow these basic principles:

Be proud to study the way of Goju.
Always observe proper decorum.
Make it our principal to cultivate fortitude and plain spirit.
Cultivate a sense of solidarity on the basis of mutual support.
Respect the moral in the way of traditional Japanese Budo.