Kata training the heart of Karate - if you aren't learning Kata you need to ask why

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The heart of Karate is the kata. In Shorin-ryu under the Shorinkan association there are 15 kata.  These kata teach all aspects of fighting, they are the encyclopedia of karate.  Kata trains the body to be Quick, there is a distinction between "fast" and "quick". It also develops strength and balance.

There are only a handful of schools in Virginia who can effectively teach Kata.

To find the nearest school to you in Virginia contact Senior Kyoshi Noel Smith (8th dan) 
757-499-4474 or email obibudo@gmail.com
OBI Karate School 
5465 #D Virginia beach Blvd.
Virginia beach, va. 23462


When seeking a martial art school if they don't teach kata ask why.  Those who don't teach generally dismiss it as punching air or call it dance, these 'martial artist' have never taken the time to learn what it means to study martial arts.  
In Virginia you can contact Kyoshi Noel Smith he has the knowledge and expertise to teach you what true martial arts are all about, or to put you in contact with a dojo nearest you.