About Our Dojo
Students of the RYU SHU KAN become part of an international family that reaches around the world from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate, to over 50 schools throughout America & across the Atlantic. The organization was foundedby Grand Master “Taika” Seiyu Oyata, 10th Degree Black Belt and heir to the Royal Life Protection Arts of the Okinawan Nobility.
From the youngest white belt at age four, to our oldest Black Belt at over 70 years old, RYU SHU KAN KARATE is a life time art which will develop physical, mental & spiritual strength to handle life’s toughest challenges.
About Kyoshi Gerard Senese
Gerard Senese, Director of the Ryu Shu Kan of Farmingville on Long Island is also Director of the Town of Brookhaven’s Sachem Community Youth Services’ Children’s Karate Program. Senese Sensei began his training in 1974 in Taika Oyata’s art which was called Ryu Kyu Kempo at that time & received his Sho-Dan in 1978.
He began teaching in 1980 & has been a full time instructor since 1984. He was awarded his 7th degree Black Belt by Taika Oyata in 1998 & was given the titile of “Kyoshi”. He has also taught Women’s Rape Awareness programs for Southampton Hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as seminars around the country in the advanced techniques of Taika Oyata’s “Shin Shu Ho” Life Protection Art.
Kyoshi Senese has traveled with Taika Oyata to Washington D.C. to assist with F.B.I. training and also assisted in N.Y.C. at the NYPD Defense Instructor’s academy. Kyoshi Senese has also traveled to Japan with his wife Hiroko (who is from Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan) and to Okinawa with Taika Oyata to further his studies in Japanese/Okinawan culture and philosophy. Together with his wife, they are BOCES Arts-in-Education presenters and appear at public schools on L.I. to share the enjoyment of the Japanese culture through programs of Taiko, folk song and dance.
As an executive commitee member of the Japan Center at Stony Brook University, he directs the community oureach events for the Center. Kyoshi Senese and his wife, Hiroko, are the executive producers of the “Sakura Matsuri”-Cherry Blossom Festival; the premiere cultural event of the Japan Center held at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University.
He has also developed a Gentle Martial Arts program for the 50+ generations that incorporates Tai Chi, Okinawan Nai Han Chi and Samurai Sword Kata.
Kyoshi Senese shares his enthusiasm of the unique art of Taika Oyata with all who show interest in learning about the original art of life protection of Okinawa and also shares his enjoyment of the other aspects of Japanese culture through festivals and workshops he hosts throughout the year.
About Taika Seiyu Oyata
Taika Seiyu Oyata, founder and head of RyuTe® Renmei and Oyata Shin Shu Ho Ryu® is responsible for introducing the secret arts of original Okinawan karate: ”Tuite Jitsu” and “Kyusho Jitsu” to the United States.
He is a descendent of Zana Oyakata, a high ranking official of the RyuKyu Kingdom, who was a hero in the Satsuma invasion of RyuKyu in 1609.
Taika Seiyu Oyata began his martial arts training at a very early age as he was shown the Okinawan form of Sumo by his father, Kana Oyata, who was the middle weight Sumo Champion. During World War II he received instruction in Iaido, Kendo, and Judo. After World War II, he began training with Uhugushiku-no-tan-mei, a retired personal guard of the last king of the independent RyuKyu kingdom. The Uhugushiku family was noted for their martial art skills and served the Okinawan ruling class for many centuries. Uhugushiku was known as a “Kakurei Bushi”, ‘Hidden Warrior’, and did not teach outside of family lines or those with no direct connection to the warrior class of Okinawa.
Under Uhugushuku’s tutelage, Taika Oyata learned the principles of weapons fighting, weapons kata and the techniques and concepts of Tuite Jitsu, the secret grappling arts of origianl Karate. Uhugushuku introduced Taika Oyata to Wakinaguri a descendent from the ancient Chinese families sent to Okinawa as emissaries. Wakinaguri continued to instruct Taika Oyata in the principles of ancient martial arts, most notably, the pressure point strikes of Atemi-jitsu & Kyusho-jitsu. Neither Uhugushiku nor Wakinaguri had descendents to whom they could pass their art; therefore, Oyata became the inheritor of this knowledge. After the deaths of Uhugushuku and Wakinaguri, Taika Oyata trained with Shigeru Nakamura from whom he learned the 12 basic empty-hand kata that are taught in Ryu Te® and other famous Okinawan Martial Arts Instructors such as Seikichi Uehara.
In 1977, Taiak Oyata established his headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1980, Oyata began to broaden the knowledge of the general martial arts public by introducing the concepts of Tuite Jitsu and Kyusho Jitsu throughout America and revitalized the way in which karate is taught and studied today.
In the middle 1990′s Oyata renamed his organization, RyuTe®. This is an acronym for RYU kyu karaTE, (Ryukyu Hand) which refers to the culture of the Ryukyu people and all that they have to offer. One additional meaning of the kanji could be “flowing hand”, which, when this kanji is used, describes the way in which karate techniques should be performed; flowing like water without a break in one’s movement between defense and offense.
Introduction to RyuTe
RyuTe® is a classical form of karate emphasizing life protection by controlling an opponent without the use of excessive of force. RyuTe® includes Tuite Jitsu: grappling, locking, and escape techniques; Kyusho Jitsu: striking techniques that exploit the body’s weak points; Kobudo: weapons kata & techniques and Bogu Kumite: protective armor full-contact sparring.
The Key to learning Ryute® is in the kata and kata interpretations. These separate RyuTe® from other stylized systems of karate.
Essence of Ryute®
The essence of RyuTe® is held in the physical characteristics and concepts that developed from the “old ways” of karate. To develop a clear understanding, the physical aspects of RyuTe® are divided into 3 categories based on Taika Oyata’s 5 levels of training (see below). These categories can be more fully understood by studying the Japanese terms used below in the descriptions.
- Fundamental – “Oboeru” – memorization. Techniques, Kata, and concepts are memorized to perfect form, strength, speed and power. This is the basis of Ryute® and allows the kata, drills and techniques to be easily introduced to the student.
- Transitional – “Gei” – Skill. This is the level that most “expert” karate-ka will reach. It’s a level of mastery that requires skill much like that of a master craftsman. Kata, techniques and drills are combined in a natural flow.
- High Level – “Jitsu” – Art. Jitsu is a conscious arrangement of knowledge and intuitive faculties that brings concepts and instinct to realization. It is the melding of the mind and body in an intuitive and ingenious way such that the techniques have a perceived mind of their own.
Taika Oyata’s 5 levels of training
The methods to develop the skills necessary for the advancement of Ryute into a true martial art are defined in Taika Oyata’s book – 1RyuTe No Michi. ©-1998
- Learn the sequence of the kata correctly.
- Practice each movement of the kata, slowly, with full power and concentration.
- Practice kata with full speed.
- Combine each movement of the kata with realistic timing, to be applicable for protection techniques.
- Cultivate detailed protection movements, with accuracy and total body control.
Application of Taika Oyata’s 5 level’s of training
The 3 categories of RyuTe® are attained by combining the 5 level’s of training so that the practitioner develops the life-protection arts in a logical manner, such that the techniques and principles become natural actions.
- Fundamental: Step by step execution of techniques, kata and drills for the purpose of pattern memorization, form and prescribed speed and power. (Levels 1 and 2)
- Transitional: Blending movements into logical sequences to facilitate a more useful combination for techniques. This will become the bare essence of Ryute®. (Levels 3 and 4)
- High Level: The real essence of Taika’s art that develops natural reflex actions and abilities. This is the most sophisticated aspect of Ryute®/Oyata Shin Shu Ho®. (Level 5)