Jerry Hansman's Okinawan Karate

Jerry Hansman, Shihan  
  (Left) and 
William R. Hayes, Hanshi
Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do, Director (Right)


Shimabukuro, Eizo(Left) and Jerry Hansman (Right)


Our instructors are members of these professional organizations:

American Council on Martial Arts

National Association of Professional Martial Artists

Martial Arts Industry Association

Shobayashi Kan

Jerry Hansman and Jerry Hansman's Karate is a full member of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Kenkyu-Kai/Shobayashi-Kan.

"Shobayashi" means "Small Forest" (reminiscent of the small pine forest which surrounded Shaolin Monasteries in China and which dot the landscape of the Ryukyu Islands-pine forest which are always green, growing and long-lived). "Kan" means "Building". Together the terms are intended to represent an approach to training based on the Okinawan model of martial culture stemming from the Shobayashi-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo once taught by Shimabukuro, Eizo, Hanshi, Ju-Dan.

We are a group of "Student-Teachers" dedicated to preserving a small segment of Shorin-ryu karate-do - a branch of Okinawa's classical martial arts. We are committed to life-long study, skill development, character enhancement, and warrior wellness, in an effort to honor the accomplishments of some of Okinawa's great masters-past and present.

Our profound regard for the creators and guardians of the martial culture of Okinawa compels us to focus heavily on that which THEY found most effective and beneficial from both life-protection and personal health viewpoints.

The physical and psychological bases for our training, research and applications are the techniques, principles and mindsets contained in the classical empty hand and weapons forms as once taught on Okinawa by Shimabukuro, Eizo, Hanshi, Ju-Dan, currently Kaicho of the Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do Kokusai Renmei, headquartered in Ginoza-son, Okinawa. Our art includes Karate-jutsu, Kobu-jutsu, Tuite-jutsu and Kyusho-jutsu.

Our regimens incorporate Hojo Undo (supplemental training), Ko Hoshin (old principles) as well as meridian theory, life protection strategies and decision loops.

Detailed research into the history and culture of the Ryukyu Islands underlies all of our efforts. In this regard one of our primary goals is to become familiar with the original "Just Warrior" minsets of those who created and developed what we now seek to know and do.

Of unique importance is the powerful emphasis the society places on health-building training habits and lifestyles. To us it is patently clear that many of the Masters of Okinawa's martial arts did not live to ripe old age by accident. Their training, dietary habits and Okinawa's foundational martial arts text, the "Bubishi", clearly establish and reflect the link between sound nutrition and martial skill. Accordingly, we include and recommend high quality, scientifically measurable and beneficial dietary supplements as part of the daily training routine. As Shimabukuro, Osensei used to say, "We cannot be good martial artist if we are not in good health!"

William R. Hayes, Hanshi, 9th Dan
Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-do, Director