Onegai Shimasu

From the current students of the Tri-City School of Karate to those interested in martial arts training:

Each of us, the current students at the Tri-City School of Karate, want to extend a warm greeting to you, the person on the outside looking in, who is curious about martial arts training.  We have a lot in common; we were once curious about martial training as you are now.  We considered it, searched for various articles on the Internet, reviewed books, watched programs both fictional and factual on TV, and even looked up local schools in the phone book.  Most of us wrote the numbers of schools down, but didn't call right away because we were a bit nervous.  Then at some point something pushed us that one last step and we grabbed for the phone, and made the call. 

Now that we have committed to the art, we are very excited to hear of other people who are interested.  For those interested we have one piece of advice:  Don't hesitate!  We encourage you to call and set a meeting with our director Shihan Weyer to discuss our school.  Why?  Primarily because each of us has found our lives transformed by training at the Tri-City School of Karate.  The fitness, confidence, calmness, and friendships we have formed here are beyond value to us, and we would very much like to share the experience. 

We all had preconceived notions of what a dojo might feel like.  Most of us have seen the anti-social students of the Cobra Kai and watched Daniel paint fences and sand decks.  We've watched films starring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and others.  Yet none of these sources could help us understand the real question:  What does it feel like to be directly involved in martial arts?  We really didn't know what to expect when we walked in the door of the Tri-City School of Karate and we think you might feel the same way, so we would like to share with you what your first trip to the dojo might feel like.

As you walk in the door you will find yourself in a short hallway with a door at the far end.  To the right there are viewing windows into a room with blue mats.  As you walk through the second door you will enter the lobby.  In the lobby there are pine benches painted black.  There are display cases holding weapons, books, and training equipment.  On the walls are Asian art prints and posters of martial artists.  There are also many certificates on the walls with people's names and titles such as 'Sensei' and 'Fuku Sensei'.

Through a window into the main training area you might see white belts and yellow belts kicking and punching at large black blocking pads.  A black belt is walking among the students with a stern expression.  He directs a change here and a correction there.  The students are sweating and huffing and puffing and you wonder, can I do that?  Do I even want to do that?  Then the instructor shouts out 'Yamei' and the students all stop.  He then shouts 'Face your partners' and the students square off.  He shouts 'Rei' and the students bow and then you see it... 

One of the students reaches out and shakes her partner's hand.  She says something and the other student smiles and then the instructor, having overheard the comment, smiles a broad smile as he begins to describe the next exercise.  You realize then that the students, while sweating and breathing hard, are having fun.  You see in their faces the look of people who are being challenged in a safe and fun environment and you can tell they are enjoying it.  That's a good sign, you think, but then you remember who you came to meet.  What will he be like?   

Shihan Weyer has been training in the martial arts for more than 50 years.  He has achieved the rank of 9th degree black belt in the art of Shudokan Karate.  He has trained with masters in Judo, Aikido, and Ju-jutsu.  He was even recently inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  You may have no idea what to expect. As current students we would like to tell you that what you will find is a man who is very dedicated to not only the art of Shudokan Karate, but to passing on that art to his students.  He is a teacher of teachers and is primarily concerned that each person who enters his dojo pushes him or herself to become an excellent martial artist.  You will not regret taking the time to meet with him.


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