“I’m not teaching you how to fight. I am teaching you how to control evil. That’s what we are really doing here.” ~ Soke Masaaki Hatsumi
At Red Lotus Martial Arts, in Point of Rocks Maryland, we combine real world Shotokan martial arts with the practical sword combative techniques known as Bukido. Our students don’t have to wait until they get to higher belts to learn how to effectively use a tool in their hands for defense, they learn it from day one.
Martial arts is a fantastic workout, a joy to learn, and helps build confidence in everyday activities.
*Utilizing the sword helps to focus the mind and become aware of your surroundings. It also changes your mindset from wanting to win to not wanting to lose. Students learn to treat all incoming strikes as if it was a sword thus increasing their defensive awareness.
*Utilizing not one but both hands armed with striking tools helps students learn how to perfect “block/strike” as one fluid movement. Doing so will make them aware of their reach and determine if a strike requires a response or not.