Practicing Martial Arts has been my life’s dream. For the last decade I have been practicing traditional Okinawan Karate under thoughtful and skillful karate master Takao Nakaya, Shihan. For me karate is not only about mastering karate skills and techniques but also about perfecting my character. Practicing and teaching karate is my passion. In addition, I am a father of two daughters and one of them has learning differences; however, this has not stopped me from introducing both of the girls to karate practice and values, which has become a transforming power in their development on many levels: cognitive, behavioral, skill and social. I have experience, skill and knowledge to pass on the many benefits of karate to any child, neurotypical or with learning differences. You can be assured of my patience and understanding of the need for individual instruction and recognition of everyone’s difference in pace of learning.
Yee Hsun U
Sichidan (7th degree black belt) in the Nakaya-Ha Karatedo (Okinawan Toshujutsu and Bukijutsu) from the Ryubukai (Ryukyuden BujutsuKaratedo Kai). For over 25 years, he has been a student of Takao Nakaya Shihan, a noted historian, author and teacher of traditional Okinawan
I have been practicing karate for the past eight years, and in those eight years I have learned a lot! I have learned self and body control, patience, respect, and, determination. All of these things help me in my training and also in my everyday life. I have learned to apply these life skills to everything I do. This is also what drove me to want to teach children with special needs. Because everyone deserves to learn these things no matter their differences in learning and abilities. Through karate practice everyone can learn more; they can learn about the origin of karate, its values, and how to work with others. I also enjoy doing this because I love to see the satisfaction of the students when they move up a belt they have been working so hard for.
I’ve always admired Karate, from its graceful motions to its philosophy of respecting everyone. Karate has the capabilities of becoming much more than just a hobby, Karate can become a way of permanently enriching the lives of all its students. In the beginning I became an instructor to help the instructors, Witek and Fernando. Soon after teaching for a while, I started to realize the true nature of what it really means to be an instructor, to be the example of what Karate teaches for children to follow, so they can share what they learn in Karate to their friends and family.
I have been training in martial arts for over ten years and it has taught me to deal with all of the trials and hardships in life. I have learned about the meaning of perseverance, sacrifice, and true respect through the honor of achieving a 2nd degree black belt. Martial arts helps me improve every day, both in character and physical ability. It is a journey that I am happy to be a part of and am continuing on. Students with learning differences have powerful abilities and I love sharing the joy of martial arts with them, as well as seeing them excel and shine.