Featured Client: Kishintaikan Dojo

More Than Just for Kicks

At the Kishintaikan Dojo, the oldest, continuously operating martial arts academy in Bangor, they know self-defense and they know how to teach it. For nearly 30 years, the Kishintaikan Dojo (pronounced key-shin-tie-khan doe-joe), has taught Okinawan Karate-do Goju-Ryu, a classical style of karate that originated on the island of Okinawa. Under the leadership of Kancho Sensei Stephen A. Boardway, head of Kishintaikan International, the Dojo – a HarpWorks client – also offers Kobudo (weapons art), Kiko (energy work), martial fitness, and yoga, taught by Sensei Boardway. Capoeira (cap-oh-ware-ah), the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance, is taught by Garrett Boardway.

For anyone who thinks Karate is just about kicks, punches, and breaking boards, think again. Adults and children, women and men all come to the Dojo (martial arts school) to learn self defense, and also to improve their physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

“When we teach a class,” says Sensei Boardway, “the students learn more just than the physical aspects of martial arts. We work on self awareness, self confidence, and developing a positive attitude.” Karate, Capoeira, and the other martial arts taught at the Kishintaikan Dojo all foster greater awareness of the world outside the Dojo’s four walls.

As the first martial arts school in Maine dedicated to experience-based leadership development through martial arts training, the Kishintaikan Dojo has taught thousands of adults and children since it opened in 1983. Sensei Boardway holds black belts in five different martial arts. He welcomes all ages to his classes, beginning with pre-Karate classes for children as young as three years old, and Capoeira classes beginning at age five. Students in the day and evening adult classes range from teens to those near – or even past – retirement age.

The Kishintaikan Dojo likes to say they teach Ancient Ways for the Modern Day. It’s never too late to start learning and trusting an art that’s been changing lives for hundreds of years. Learn more about the Kishintaikan Dojo on their website and on Facebook pages for the Dojo and for Bangor Capoeira Group.

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