Seattle Shito-ryu, Redmond WA
Sensei Grant Ribbink (left)
Grant Sensei works at Microsoft and trains/teaches in that region with his son (8yrs old). Grant's most recent rank stemmed from training in Shito-ryu under Shihan Jason Armstrong (7th Dan) who has lived and trained in Japan and is a regular visitor to Seattle. Grant's karate career began in 1990 and prior to becoming a member of Shito-ryu and the Traditional Japanese Karate Network, Grant trained in Shotokan, variously under Shihan Stan Schmidt and Sensei Malcolm Dorfmann. Grant’s martial arts journey began with Aikido in the 1980s and living in different regions of the world meant that his karate also includes a few years of Goju-Kai and Goju-Ryu. Like most students of the martial arts, he values sharing knowledge and learning, both in the dojo and beyond.
Shihan Jason doing kata in Japan in 2018
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.
Please note that Grant sensei is currently re-locating to the region and by the end of Summer will be set-up to resume classes.
First lesson free
Beginners don't need karate uniforms
- we stock for you to purchase if you decide to sign up for a term
As with all our networked clubs cost is
$10 per lesson.
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. 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...
Belts & Ranks:
3 to 4 times a year 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 (Kyu level changes)
- 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).