Shorinjiryu is a traditional style of Okinawan Karate. The school traces its lineage back to the 1600s, with Dojos in most parts of the world. It is a graceful style, using circular and triangular movements, combining elements of kung fu, iaido, judo, and other traditional karate techniques.
The chief instructor of the Stelton Dojo is Shihan Brian Berenbach. Shihan Berenbach has studied karate since 1962. He has trained in Japan at the Hombu or home dojo.
Students at the school learn traditional kata, kata for more than one person (called kumite) and carefully controlled fighting wearing protection.
Because of the difficulty of the martial art, attendance a minimum of 2 classes per week on average are required. All our black belts have been trained at our dojo, but our black belt testing is conducted by a board at the Hombu.