Shihou-Ken Karate of the Lehigh Valley...
...is for anyone* who has considered karate training. All fitness levels welcomed! The instructors of Shihou-ken Karate are adept at matching the class curriculum to the abilities of each and every student. Class is an excellent full-body workout which develops the “core,” is highly aerobic, and is a “mind and body” discipline. All you need is a desire to learn.*May not be suited to children under 12 years of age.
Contact Sensei Charlie for more information on children policy.
Circa 1980's picture including Mas Oyama, Shigeru Oyama, and many other notable Sensei's.
As a beginner you will learn the basics of striking, blocking and kicking as well as how to apply these basics in a self defense situations. Progressing, a student will learn Kata, which are choreographed sequence of techniques. We teach both Formalized Kata and Fighting Style Kata and their application. Free fighting or sparring is the ultimate expression of karate and is conducted under controlled conditions, based on a students ability and fitness level.
Authentic Japanese Fighting Karate based on the Tradition of the Oyama's
We teach a Karate based on the Oyama and Kyokushin Karate traditions. As such it has its roots in Shotokan, Goju-ryu and Kempo styles of karate, as well as influenced by Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo and Aikido. Shihou-ken Karate was founded by Grand Shihan Sylvester Hollingsworth, a top student of Soshu Shigeru Oyama, who himself was a top student of Mas Oyama the founder of Kyokushin-Kia Karate.