San Francisco Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate

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San Francisco California Karate

San Francisco California ShorinkanWelcome to the San Francisco Shorin-ryu Shorinkan dojo ran and operated by Sam Ahtye, Nanadan  
The dojo is located at:
934 brannan st. san francisco, ca. 94103
Sensei Sam Ahtye can be reached by phone: (415)508 9009
New students are invited to attend Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Arriving early to change and stretch is appreciated.  Advanced kobudo (traditional weapons) training occurs from 7:30 to 8pm.  The dojo is closed according to the SOMArts building schedule, and on occasions where Kyoshi Ahtye and senior students are traveling.
Sensei Sam Ahtye began his training under Sensei Lee, who trainined directly under Sensie Chibana.  In 1955 Sensei Nakazato opened his Dojo under Chibana Sensei, and after some time promoted Sensei Lee to Hanchidan.  Interestingly Sensei Lee was not a fromal member of Nakazato's Shorinkan Dojo. The Shorinkan association wasn't formed until the early 70's. As Sensie Ahtye explains it he Sensei Lee was on the peripheral of Shorinkan.  
Sensei Ahtye initially earned his rank from Sensei Lee who held rank with Shugoro Nakazato.  
Sensei Ahtye has been training in Shorinkan for 50 years, starting with his original Sensei Clarence Lee.

The Dojo Kun

1. Strive for good moral character.
(Respect, Humility and Patience are virtues taught by example.)

一、誠の道を 守ること
2. Keep an honest and sincere way.
(Seek the truth; speak and act from the heart.)

3. Cultivate perseverance.
(The process is the goal, only through hard work can we earn real experience.)

4. Develop a respectful attitude.
(Understand the difference between etiquette in outward form and etiquette from the heart.)

5. Restrain aggression through spiritual attainment.
(Karate is the art of life protection; practice compassion.  Remember, Karate is a lifetime study.)

Originally by Kanga Sakugawa (1733 -1815)
Notes by Kyoshi Sam Ahtye