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Rising Sun Martial Arts offers a karate style called Hinode-Ryu Karate. Hinode (He-know-day) is translated as “Rising Sun”. Ryu (Roo) is translated as “way” or “style”. So the translation for Hinode-Ryu would be “Way of the Rising Sun”. This style was developed by Master Hosler to be a more realistic and practical style for today’s society. Hinode-Ryu Karate allows the student to learn about the blocking and striking as in most hard style karate systems like Shotokan, while at the same time, learn more about the art of redirecting an opponent’s effort and energy as in Aikido and the ground work learned in Judo. All of these styles are present in the art of Hinode-Ryu Karate. Hinode-Ryu Karate is not a "Made-Up" style, but rather a blend of several styles for better student skills. There are many different styles of the Martial Arts and the question most asked, is “Which style is the Best”? The answer is simply; there is no better style, just a better Martial Artist. Everyone is different and every style is different. It depends on the person training as to which style they prefer and can adapt to better. No matter which style you take, train in it with full effort and dedication, and you will become the Martial Artist you are capable of being.
When entering the training area, always be prepared both mentally and physically to make yourself better than you were the last time you entered the Dojo.
The term "Dojo" (doe-joe) is translated as “A place of Learning”. Because we do not want to concern ourselves with never making a mistake, I have changed the translation to read “A Place of Mistakes”. Use the dojo to learn and grow. You cannot become a champion by never making a mistake. Challenge yourself to get better each and every time you enter the dojo. And if that means you make a mistake along the way, so be it. Make the mistake in the dojo so fewer mistakes are made in the street.
Life is not fair! So at times, training in the dojo is not fair. If a team is split up into unfair sections, or if you are given a harder task than someone else, deal with it. At times, life will also throw you an unfair situation and you need to react the best you can and not worry if someone else has the same problem.
The hardest part of training in karate is listening. Make sure you are listening to your instructor at all times. When you listen, don’t just try to hear the words, but rather react to the words.
All techniques are done by commands. The instructors will either use voice commands or numbers to let you know when you should react. Even when you know what is supposed to happen next, wait for the command. That helps build your discipline skills and with discipline, you can accomplish anything!
Always keep your uniform and belt in a neat and clean condition. Belts should never touch the floor, unless you are on the floor. Our belt, or obi, is considered a part of us. You should always show respect towards your belt, because it is a symbol of you and what you have learned. Be proud of yourself, and be proud of the belt that you have earned. Advancing to the next rank in Hinode-Ryu Karate is something you will earn, not something that just happens.
Safety is a major part of our training. The last thing we would want to happen to a student is that they get hurt. Sometimes injuries are unavoidable, but most of the times we can stop them from happening by learning control. You must control your movements, actions and techniques at all times. If a student is continuously acting in a wild and uncontrolled manner, they will first be disciplined through push ups or running laps, then moved to another part of the dojo by themselves and then finally they may possibly be dismissed from class.
Discipline is another major part of training in Hinode-Ryu Karate. The most used form of discipline is self-discipline. Self-Discipline is making yourself do the uncomfortable or difficult things without complaining or protest. When a challenge is given to you, your best and only response to the instructor is “Yes Sir” or “Yes Ma’am”, depending on who is teaching you at the time. Learning how to complain when confronted with a challenge only shows your weakness. Don’t be weak and don’t be afraid, at least in the presence of your challenge.
Failure to show discipline, respect or control will probably be met with the wonderful art of push-ups. Push-ups are a wonderful exercise that will make you strong in many different ways. Not only will they increase the strength of your muscles and help create stronger punches and blocks, they will also help strengthen your character as well. Even with the great benefits of push-ups, if you are made to do push-ups in class, do not consider it a good thing. Too many push-ups could have an adverse effect towards your promotion
At all times, show respect to each other and the instructors. It is also great practice to continue this procedure outside of the dojo. Start with your parents! They are the most important people in your lives, so show them the most respect. All Black Belts in Hinode-Ryu Karate are addressed as Sensei. Sensei is term meaning teacher. A more comprehensive definition of Sensei is; “One who has gone before”. To reach the rank of Black Belt in Hinode-Ryu Karate is something very noteworthy. Once having earned that rank, respect should be shown to them by addressing them properly. The solid Black Belt ranks are addressed as Sensei, followed by their first name. Any first degree Black Belt or higher should be addressed as Sensei, followed by their last name.