Isshin-Ryu Karate Studio Opens Using Harbor Hills Clubhouse
If you have always wanted to take a stab at martial arts yet just can’t commit to three or four times a week then you’re in luck. Sensei David Ginn, owner of Arundel Martial Arts, is now offering Isshin-Ryu style karate classes at the Harbor Hills Yacht Club located off St. George Barber Road in Davidsonville.
Classes are held each Monday and Thursday night for kids ages seven to 12 years old from 6 to 7:15 p.m; and for adults ages 12 plus from 7:30 t0 9 p.m.
Class commitment is month-to-month with no contract. Students can attend instruction once or twice a week.
Now, one may ask, what is Isshin-Ryu karate? According to Ginn, it’s a form of martial arts founded in Okinawa with “the purpose to protect oneself through physical and mental development. Literally translated, Isshin-Ryu means one heart, one mind.”
The most notable distinction between Isshin-Rhu and other types of martial arts is the vertical fist.
“The vertical fist does not have a twisting motion when thrown,” said Ginn. “The fist stays vertical with the knuckles also in a vertical position resulting in a very fast and powerful punch.”
Other differences, as provided by Ginn, include:
- Techniques are delivered from natural stances as opposed to wide, locked positions, giving the practitioner mobility and dexterity;
- Close-in techniques and low kicks are taught for street practicality;
- Hand techniques and foot techniques are equally stressed, so that a practitioner learns to use all of the weapons at his or her disposal.
Isshin-Ryu offers many of the same benefits as other martial arts disciplines including improved concentration, confidence, self-respect and self-discipline, and stress reduction.
“Studying karate enables you to learn your physical capabilities and capacity, prepares your mind for everyday life, and grows your spirit for success,” said Ginn.
Ginn studied Isshin-Ryu Karate at the Hombu Dojo located in Elkton, MD under Master Sensei Bud Ewing. Prior to starting college, Ginn had earned his 3rd degree brown belt.
After college, Ginn resumed his martial arts training at the Easton Dojo. He obtained his first Sho-Dan black belt in June 2009 and received his second Ni Dan in June 2011.
“At Arundel Martial Arts, we provide our students with instruction that enables them to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually,” said Ginn. “I am excited to share the Isshin-Ryu karate style with students in the local community.”
For additional information visit www.arundelmartialarts.com.