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Our Philosophy

“It is important for us to develop and maintain physical and psychological health through the development of a strong spirit and will. Karate, when taught in an enlightened way, is ideal not only for self-defense, but also for the cultivation of spirit and self-discipline, as well as maintaining youthful vigor as we age.”

-John Egan

John Egan’s unique teaching style is based primarily on traditional Japanese training and meditation techniques. Students learn the art and aesthetics of combat and effective self-defense techniques, with an emphasis on physical and psychological well-being. All are given individual consideration according to their age, physical condition, and athletic background.

Classes are ongoing and taught in a calm, friendly, “no-nonsense” atmosphere for beginners through black belt; rank is awarded by merit.

The Kenkojuku Emblem

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This drawing shows twin sprigs of the Evergreen crossing with the two characters "kenko" and "juku" in the center.

The Evergreen sprig symbolises spring, growth or youth, the meaning being is that one is "forever young" in spirit - always learning. The pairing signifies that this is done in cooperation with others.

The character "kenko" means "health" and is used here in the sense of one's well-being, especially mentally, and "juku" is "tutoring school". In this context, Kenkojuku Karate-Do means the study of karate to be a "good person".

Dojo-Kun

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"One! To Strive for the Perfection of Character."


"One! To Defend the Paths of Truth."


"One! To Foster the Spirit of Effort."


"One! To Honor the Principles of Etiquette."


"One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage."

Meditation

Return to navigation “Because of its life and death context, the study of the fighting arts is a path of spiritual enlightenment, especially when coupled with meditation. True karate training incorporates mediation into its curriculum on an on-going basis.”

True Meditation

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“True meditation has no direction, goals, or method. All methods aim at achieving a certain state of mind. All states are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as primordial consciousness.

True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when awareness is not fixated on objects of perception. When you first start to meditate, you notice that awareness is always focused on some object: on thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, memories, sounds, etc.

This is because the mind is conditioned to focus and contract upon objects. Then the mind compulsively interprets what it is aware of (the object) in a mechanical and distorted way. It begins to draw conclusions and make assumptions according to past conditioning.

In true meditation, all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation, the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness (consciousness) is the source in which all objects arise and subside. As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind's compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more clearly into consciousness as a welcoming to rest and abide. An attitude of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the presence of silence and stillness to be revealed as your natural condition.

Silence and stillness are not states, and therefore cannot be produced or created. Silence is the non-state in which all states arise and subside. Silence, stillness, and awareness are not states and can never be perceived in their totality as objects. Silence is itself the eternal witness without form or attributes. As you rest more profoundly as the witness, all objects take on their natural functionality, and awareness becomes free of the mind's compulsive contractions and identifications, and returns to its natural non-state of Presence.

The simple yet profound question, "Who Am I ?," can then reveal one's self not to be the endless tyranny of the ego-personality, but objectless Freedom of Being – Primordial Consciousness in which all states and all objects come and go as manifestations of the Eternal Unborn Self that YOU ARE.”

-Adyashanti

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