Welcome to the Kosho School of Karate Where Karate is a Way of Life!
Whether you are looking to increase your physical fitness, self confidence, stop bullying, learn practical self defense, or increase your knowledge of Japanese culture, you are in the right place! Our school is perfect for those interested in trying martial arts for the first time, or for long-time martial artists looking to further their knowledge. We have a wide range of classes that offer something for everyone curious about the martial arts.
Stop in to watch a class, or Contact us, to set up an Introductory Course and try for yourself.
For over 40 years, the Kosho School of Karate has been synonymous with the best in martial arts in Cincinnati.
The Kosho School of Karate is a full-time martial arts school, perfect for those interested in training in traditional Asian martial arts at the highest level.
We offer classes for kids, teens, and adult men & women in: Karate, Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons such as Nunchaku, Bo, Sai, Nunchucks, Tonfa, Kama, & Aeku), Iai Do (Japanese Sword or Katana), Jodo (Japanese Short Staff), and Judo (Japanese wrestling / grappling), as well as related topics such as Self Defense, and Stunt Fighting.
At the Kosho School of Karate, students are taught in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, and discipline by professional adult instructors who have spent decades training in the martial arts. All of our instructors are certified by multiple national and international martial arts organizations. Instructors and fellow students help create a supportive, encouraging, and positive atmosphere for new students. The school has become respected throughout the world for its high standards in practicing and teaching the martial arts.
Typical classes consist of a thorough warm up with calisthenics tailored for martial arts training, practicing basic and advanced striking techniques, combinations, and self defense. Depending on the class and instructor, we also work techniques similar to those found in boxing such as hitting the heavy bag, sparring with fellow students (kumite), practice training routines passed down from the masters (kata), and train with weapons(Okinawan Kobudo, bo, tonfa, nunchaku, sai, Jodo, Iaido).
The primary style of Karate practiced at the Kosho School of Karate is “Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karate”. This is the style taught by Robert Trias, who in 1946 became the first person to teach karate in the United States. This system of karate is very well rounded as it incorporates strong fast striking and punching, powerful kicking, solid stances, and practical self defense techniques. It also incorporates grappling techniques such as sweeps, throws, chokes, and joint locks similar to those found in Judo or Ju Jitsu.
Our classes can be physically challenging, as we are training to get in better shape as well as improve our skills as martial artists. However, students at any fitness level are welcome, and you will be surprised how quickly you see improvements in both your conditioning and your physique!
New to Martial arts? Wondering about the differences between them?
If you are new to the martial arts, you might be wondering about the differences between Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Krav-Maga, and Karate or the recently popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and “Mixed Martial Arts”.
While all of these martial arts share similar fundamentals, there are important differences in their origins and the way they are practiced. Tae Kwon Do originates from Korea and emphasizes acrobatic kicking techniques and is tailored for closed competition and Olympic qualification. Kung Fu is a general term for martial arts originating in China that focus on speedy and fluid animal-like movements, the techniques tend to be graceful and exaggerated with colorful names like “Embrace the Tiger and Push the Mountain”. Krav Maga is a martial art created for the Israeli military, in recent years it has gained a following for its violent self defense techniques and for scenarios more common to the battlefield than the street.
Karate originated on the island of Okinawa, but due to its effectiveness it quickly spread throughout Japan, United States, and the rest of the world. It focuses on strong, fast, and powerful practical techniques. Karate uses about 75% hand techniques and 25% foot techniques and also incorporates grappling techniques such as sweeps, throws, chokes, and joint locks. Karate emphasizes a practical, “real-word” approach to self defense, meaning that you will be able to respond appropriately whether someone is yelling at you in anger or is attempting to take your life. Karate is a versatile martial art with many different facets including Self Defense, Physical Fitness, Sport, Mental Aspect, Morality, and Philosophy.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu actually has its roots in Judo (Japanese wrestling), as the Gracies originally learned from Japanese Judo masters. Brazilian Jujitsu began differing from Judo as it placed a greater emphasis the ground techniques that were most successful in the hours long challenge matches that took place in Brazilian wrestling rings. “Mixed Martial Arts” is a general term for taking a few techniques from one type of martial art and a few techniques from another and mashing them together. This works well for specialized sports such as kickboxing, the UFC, or even cardio kickboxing classes at a fitness club, but this approach may also prevent a depth of understanding of body mechanics and the nuance of how to apply techniques in a variety of situations. Many people incorrectly believe that Bruce Lee took this approach, however the reality is that he spent decades training in traditional martial arts under some of the best instructors in the world, continuing to refine his techniques until, after more than 20 years, he was able to find what worked worked best for him, his physique, and his mentality. At the Kosho School of Karate we teach several martial arts, but we teach them in their entirety and strive to practice them at the highest level. It is our experience that if you have a complete understanding of these martial arts, you will be able to use them interchangeably when necessary.
There are many qualified “Mixed Martial Arts” gyms and Brazilian Jujitsu schools that prepare people for entering the UFC. However, because of the recent popularity of this sport, the majority of gyms are opened by people with only a few years of training, a basic understanding of a few specialized techniques, and no certification or oversight of any kind. In this type of school you face the real possibility of being seriously hurt by an inexperienced instructor or overzealous students who have not yet learned enough control to train with a partner without injuring him/her. If you feel that Brazilian Jujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts is the best direction for you, please research the subject thoroughly to ensure that you are training with a qualified instructor. But unless you are seriously considering a career as a professional cage fighter, in most cases you will be able to learn your “striking” and “grappling” skills to a greater degree, and in a more welcoming environment, at the Kosho School of Karate. (In fact, many of the top fighters in the UFC have a background in Karate!)
WAY OF LIFE
Through rigourous physical and mental training, Karate can help you develop lifelong friendships with positive like-minded people. Karate is one of the most popular physical activities in the world, and training in the martial arts could lead you to travel to seminars, promotions, and tournaments and even inspire you to learn about new language or culture. Martial artists from around the world share a common bond and approach to life. Because of all the benefits and aspects of training in the martial arts, Karate becomes a way of life for many students.
Stop in to watch a class, or Contact us, to set up an introductory course and try for yourself.