Upper West Side Kenshikai Karate
928 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY  10025
(212) 222-1172
"Kenshikai means 'the association of wise people,' because its members strive to become wiser through the study of karate. The virtue of wisdom embraces many other essential attributes: respect, humility, honor, ethics, sincerity, love and compassion, among many others. From these flow trust, obedience, self-discipline, and good judgment. These are qualities that allow us to improve our own lives and those of others. The practice of karate gives us endless opportunities to cultivate these qualities in ourselves, but we should carry them to every part of our lives.

Wisdom comes with experience. We must apply ourselves sincerely and try our hardest every day, and be open to the lessons that each experience holds. Over time we can come to understand how all things are connected and how to maintain the correct balance between the conflicting forces around us. We should see the uniqueness of each person and situation: 30 years of experience should bring 30 years-worth of lessons, not just the same lessons learned 30 times over.

Through the pursuit of wisdom through karate, we hope to achieve a quiet mind that can help us in every endeavor.

The goal of Kenshikai Karate is the physical and mental growth of its students. We are looking for highly motivated men and women who are interested in improving themselves. In Kenshikai Karate the competition is with yourself and not with others. We are not concerned with whether you are better than someone else in class. Our goal is that each day when you leave class, you are a little better mentally and physically than when you came. We provide you with the program, supervision, and environment that will allow you to realize your full potential.

Kenshikai Karate is a most effective and efficient form of self-defense. You learn to use your body as a weapon, developing the ability to defend yourself against assailants bigger and stronger than yourself. Hand, elbow, knee, and foot techniques are taught based on their effectiveness and practical application in street situations. Your safety is your personal responsibility. Men and women, young and old, have found Kenshikai Karate to be a practical solution to the risks of crime we all face in our urban environment. Self-defense training is one way to protect yourself against the potential hazards of city living."