The Pawling Karate Kanku Dojo was opened in 2002 by David Weiss, a 6th Degree BlackBelt. The dojo caters to all ages and skill levels – including a “Little Dragons” class for three-to-four-year-olds, a “Young Samurai” class for ages five to six, a Beginners and an Intermediate Class for kids ages seven to 12, and an adult’s karate class for ages 13 and up. The dojo even hosts classes of Krav Maga – the Israeli self-defense system – for adults age 16 and up.
Inside the dojo a sign on the wall bears the words “Mind, Body, and Spirit” – these words are the core of the benefits that karate training has to offer – the growth, development, and strengthening of the mind, body, and spirit.
Children benefit psychologically as well as physically from the structure and discipline that karate training provides – unlike traditional team sports, karate focuses on the progress of the individual, teaching the universally applicable skill of achieving goals through constant effort and mini-steps. In karate, children learn to respect others, and to respect and feel confidence in themselves. Adults can benefit as well – karate is a great way to stay in shape, learn real self-defense skills, and connect with a timeless spiritual tradition.
Pawling Karate follows the Ryu Renshi-Dan Karate system, which, while preserving the core of the traditional Japanese values making karate so unique, incorporates a living and growing practice, influenced by several karate styles and other martial arts forms, that develops with the times and stays grounded with the realities of self-defense. For anyone who really wants to focus on just the self-defense and fitness aspects of martial arts, the Krav Maga classes can be equally fulfilling.
Stop by and say hello to Founder David Weiss or Chief Instructor Alexis. Pawling Karate is located at 56 Charles Colman Blvd in Pawling, you can contact them at (845) 855-1283, or check out their website at www.pawlingkarate.com.