We practice Nemuru, also known as American Freestyle Karate or New American Power System, in our dojo. What does that mean? Does it mean America has its own style of karate?
What it means is that we train in one or more core styles and have enhanced it by adopting skills from many other styles. By doing this we have opened our minds to explore the entire world of the martial arts. We have an understanding that a skill from one style may have advantages over a skill from another or that what may work for one student may not work for another.
Often it is seen that one style of martial arts claims to be the best of them all. This simply is not true. There are advantages and disadvantages to each style. The martial arts, as a whole, come from the same roots and ideas. Besides physical differences (major and minor) between styles, the greatest differences are caused by the political backgrounds and history of the nations from which they came.
The roots, or core of our style, are in karate. Karate is Japanese for empty hand. The vast majority of our training is done with our hands and feet. Once students have reached an advanced rank and level of maturity they may begin, at their option, to train with martial arts weapons for demonstrations and tournaments.
Listed below are the primary and secondary styles in which we train. Our foundations and traditions come from our primary styles. Many enhancements to our training come from the styles listed as secondary and many other styles not listed.
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