Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do
Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do is a Christ-focused style and utilizes the martial arts as a vehicle to reach out to people and lead them in Christian fellowship. In Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do, students learn self-discipline and physical conditioning of karate as they study the Bible and develop their commitment to Jesus. We use techniques of karate, the positivity of Christian values, and biblical passages to help build not only on physical strength but to help to cultivate an inner strength that comes from a faith in God.
Dojos that teach the system of Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do will begin classes with a short devotional/bible study, an opening prayer bringing to the Lord our joys & concerns,
it is written -- 1 John 5:14-15 = This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.-- Also in regards to our full belief in the power of prayer, every class is closed with a benediction. In addition to the invocation and benediction, Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do incorporates what we passionately call our "Bible Katas". These karate forms blend the movements of karate along with a bible passage and are designed to be performed while reciting the scripture.
TTRKD - Colored Belt Progression To denote the advancement of rank for our students, we utilize a belt system. When creating Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do, our system founder decided upon using a 12 colored belts system, this was done in order to show respect, reverence, and honor to the 12 Disciples/Apostles who joined Jesus at the Last Supper & we utilize 10 levels of black belt in reference to the Ten Commandments. The very colors of the belts that were picked for the system have a specific Christian significance and scriptures that go along with each of them.
Meaning Behind The Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do Christian Martial Arts Logo;
The Decagon: - Its 10 Points Represent The 10 Commandments. (Exodus 20 1-17)
The Golden Border & Cross: - As Precious As The Element Of Gold, So Is Our Relationship With God. (Ephesians 1:7)
The Color Purple: - Symbol Of Royalty, To Remind Us That Christ Is The Kings Of Kings. (1 Timothy 6:15)
The Center Kanji: - Translates as “The righteous for the unrighteous.” It's written down at the center of the cross to remind us that Christ’s sacrifice should be the center of all we do. (1 Peter 3:18)
The 2 White Doves: - These Beautiful Birds Represent Peace/Love and Forgiveness/Faith (Luke 3 21-22)
The Side Kanji: Japanese = On Left “Tatsu Te Ryu” (Style of the Rising Fist) Japanese = On Right “Karate-Do” (Way Of Empty Hand)