Boulder Colorado, Shito-ryu Dojo
- Personal Development primary focus
- Practical Self Defence
- Traditional & Competition
- Coordination Building & Non-contact
Nick Lukich Sensei: 4th Dan Shito-ryu
Nick Lukich Sensei began training in Shito-ryu Karate in 1994 under Jason Armstrong Shihan, 7th Dan and has trained in Japan, Australia and the USA. He was an uchi deshi while in Australia and co-founded the University of the Sunshine Coast Karate Dojo. Nick Sensei has competed in the USA and Australia and has run the Thousand Oaks Shito-ryu Karate Dojo in California prior to moving to Colorado. He has also had direct karate tutorinf from John Sells Hanshi, 8th Dan and Young sensei, 8th Dan.
First lesson free
Beginners don't need karate uniforms
- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term
About the Style we Practice
We are a member of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network which is an international organization stemming from Japan based-training. The specific style we practice is Shito-Ryu Karate which was founded by Kenwa Mabuni & today is the most practised style of karate in the world (it surpassed Shotokan a few years ago). Shito-Ryu possess the kata of both Goju and Shotokan and offers a good balance of “linear and fast/hard” with “round and soft”, therefore, these three major traditional karate styles are innately connected via their Okinawan origins hundreds of years ago. We honour this age-old tradition and so enjoy training and welcome students from the many forms of martial arts & beginners, to come into our dojo and train with other like minded people.
We have a great support network with 7th & 8th degree black belts in Japan, United States and Australia who sit on our grading panels, run seminars and attend our camps.
Kata: The first kata in our shito-ryu style is called Shihozuki . Shihouzuki translates to the method/way of 4 punches. Following the shihozuki kata, the kids move onto Juni no kata (also known as Taikyoku) for late orange belt to green belt. Below is Shihouzuki kata.
To see a video of our first basic kata in a slow pattern walk through click here...
This is for Traditional Japanese Karate Network students only, who wish to purchase a Shito-ryu embroided karate uniform. Once purchased, you can pick up your uniform up at your dojo from your instructor. We will determine the required size at the dojo.
Belts & Ranks:
At the end of each school term we have a belt test. The student may end up with any of the following outcomes:
- no rank change if not quite ready
- a change in level
- for kids, the addition of a stripe
- belt colour change
The traditional martial arts as passed to us from Japan is aimed at life learning lessons. Therefore belt testing is always a competency & effort based test, with age & size factored in (i.e. people are not simply promoted for participating).
Shihan Jason doing kata in Japan in 2018
Videos on Basic Technique for White to Orange belts:
- filmed mid-1990s with an adult focused teaching style
6. Introduction to kick (knee/ankle lift variant 1)...
Note: These videos cover an initial understanding of technique in one variant (even in our style of shito-ryu, we teach different approaches to a technique depending on your rank)