Maine Traditional Karate (MTK) is a chartered member of the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito Karate and Kobudo Federation (OSMKKF).
Headed by Okinawan Grandmaster, Fusei Kise, and his son, Kaicho (federation president) Isao Kise, OSMKKF dojos can be found throughout the world. Eighth degree black belt and OSMKKF United States Director, Hanshi John Shipes serves as Sensei to MTK Head Instructor, Steve Apsega, Godan (5th degree black belt). Sensei Apsega regularly travels to train with Hanshi Shipes as well as to assist in hosting annual visits made to the US by Master Kise and Kaicho Isao Kise.
In August 2016, MTK provided its youth and adult students direct access to the OSMKKF lineage by co-hosting a 5 day training seminar led by Kaicho Isao Kise and the United States senior OSMKKF leadership.
MTK adult classes provide students aged 13 and up instruction in the empty hand self-defense techniques, traditional weaponry (kobudo), and tuite (joint manipulation techniques) associated with the 300-year-old system of Shorin Ryu karate-do. Lessons involving Okinawan culture, customs, and language round out instruction by providing a larger framework within which to understand, interpret, and apply the material being taught.
Periodic advancement testing allows assessment of each student’s mastery of kata, ippon kumite (one-step sparring), the 25 basic exercises, joint lock techniques, weaponry, kumite (sparring) and Okinawan culture and customs. Those able to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum appropriate for their rank are promoted. Promotion unlocks access to instruction to the next level of techniques in the formal curriculum offered.
Adult classes are currently held two times per week, with the option of attending a third combined child/adult/family class.