The Narragansett Bay Budokai's curriculum and approach are designed to work with people of all levels of skill and fitness from beginning to advanced to bring out the best in every individual. We emphasize the importance of respect, responsibility, honesty, good behavior, politeness and self control while learning self defense and creating a safe and fun environment. The ultimate purpose of karate is not to create fighting machines, but to improve one’s character through martial arts training. We offer martial arts and fitness training in a positive, family oriented environment.
We teach and study the art of Matsubayashi-Ryu. Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by O'sensei Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) Hanshi, 10th dan. A form of Shorin-Ryu, Matsubayashi-Ryu is one of the major styles of Okinawan Karate-Do.
Students of all ages will not only develop sound martial arts skills, but also life skills including self discipline, stress management, respect, and a healthy lifestyle. They will learn all aspects of the Okinawan Matsubayashi-Ryu system of karate and will maintain good physical and mental health thanks to the guidance of our instructors.
We study under Master Instructor Sensei Juan Queris, 8th Degree, owner/operator of Winter Haven Budokai, in Winter Haven, Florida. His journey into martial arts began in 1966 and he has continued his education and commitment to karate to this day. Sensei Juan is trained in Hapkido, Jidokwan Tae Kwon Do, Shobayashi Shorin Ryu, Chinese Kung Fu, in addition to Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu.
It is the goal of this establishment to work toward the betterment of the whole person; physically, mentally, and emotionally. We intend to accomplish this through diligent training to expand physical limitations, and honing and accentuating the specific strengths of each individual.
What is Budokai?
Budokai is pronounced (Boo Doe K-eye). Bu means "Martial". Do means "the way" and refers to living a life of discipline, respect, honor, loyalty and peace. Kai means "club".
Loosely translated, Budokai means "The way of the warrior" and encompasses more than just fighting and fitness. It is a way of living life as well.