The ancient name for dragonfly was 'kachimushi'. 'Kachi' means 'victory' and 'mushi' means 'insect'. Therefore samurai used to like to use the motif of the dragonfly as a symbol of victory.

JAPANESE TRADITIONAL BUDO CENTER

AAU Membership 2017-18

Shotokan Karate-do

Little Tigers Program age 4 to 6.

Junior Program  Age 7 to 13.

Cadets Program age 14 to 17.

Adults program 18 and up.

Karate do is not a sport , but a combat system developed by the elite Samurai class. It has passed the test of time and proved itself in the battle fields for over 600 years. We created leaders and winners. Tradition is the heart of the system. Learn the way of the Japanese warriors.

Karate-do is probably the most widely practiced martial art in the world. Other popular martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Aikido, are practiced in some countries, though not in others. Karate, though, seems to be practiced everywhere. The reasons are many. As a method of self-defense, karate is  unparalleled. It's karate-do, the study of karate as a way of life. Everybody can  benefit from this aspect of the art because each of us can become at least a  little bit better of a person, with better character and increased sensitivity.  Virtually anyone who enjoys average health, regardless of age or sex, may participate. Tae kwon do's high, spinning kicks, and judo's and aikido's hard jarring falls eliminate  many older members of society from practicing these arts. Karate, though, doesn't  impose any such limitations. You can practice karate fast or slow, hard or soft, intensely or gently. You can do it at your own pace, and you can practice  effectively by yourself (provided, of course, that you are under the guidance of  a qualified instructor).