About Aoinagi Karate

Kihon Practice

Aoinagi Karate traces its roots to the traditional Okinawa Shito-ryu style of karate in Japan. Shito-ryu was founded by Kenwa Mabuni in 1931 and is one of four major styles of karate in Japan. Aoinagi means the “Green Willow Tree” and was formed by Sensei Raymond Castilonia in Redlands, California, USA. Sensei Castilonia choose Aoinagi as the name of his karate school, because he wanted his organization to embody the uncanny ability of the Green Willow Trees to adapt and survive in the presence of overwhelming odds. The green willow trees can be found growing from mountaintops to deserts.

Aoinagi karate is non-contact organization and it promotes the development of the karate practitioner as a whole. We do practice Kumite (sparing), but the contact is very minimal and full force is not used when there is need for contact. And most importantly Aoinagi aids in the development of body, mind, and spirit. All three are essential to the practice here in Aoinagi. We not only learn to make our physical body stronger but we also strive to discipline our mind and strengthen our spirit.

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