Agedo, or “The Way of the Open Door,” is a Japanese family martial art style. Based on Shotokan Karate, it contains many of the hard, linear movements that exemplify the karate styles. However, it also contains many elements from the softer styles: turning of another’s energy, energy conservation, strategy and circular movements. Every technique is practical in application and the bunkai (reasons behind the moves) are taught to make the art a useful part of the student’s abilities.
Agedo Karate also challenges the mental aspects of students: study is involved and books are assigned for reading and to gain knowledge. “Breaking” challenges the spiritual parts of those in Agedo, and is an integral part of one’s learning to focus, learning to use proper techniques, learning how to concentrate their energy and put aside one’s fears. To that end, in Agedo, we break boards, rocks, blocks and more.
The art of Agedo Karate is appropriate for all ages and physical abilities, as instructors work with students on an individual level and do not lead classes as just a herd!