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. 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 youth classes provide children aged 5 to 12 instruction in the empty hand self-defense techniques and traditional weaponry (kobudo) associated with the 300-year-old system of Shorin Ryu karate-do. Youth students are also exposed to the fundamentals of tuite (joint manipulation), but are restricted from learning and engaging in advanced practices as sensitive growth plates can be damaged in youth who are still growing. 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. Testing in kata, ippon kumite, kumite, and protocol Youth classes are currently offered two times per week, with the option of attending a third combined child/adult/family class.


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.

Child Class At A Glance


Basic Exercises

involve 25 techniques generally performed in sets of 10 or 20. The techniques practiced form the building blocks of our art (e.g., different types of kicks, blocks, and strikes). Performed at a brisk pace during the first part of most classes, the basic exercises provide an excellent cardiovascular workout.

Kata

is a series of fighting movements combining breathing, striking, and defensive techniques to suit innumerable situations. These fighting movements are manifested in the form of choreography, which allows the student to fully express the four basic tenets of Karate: speed, strength, technique, and esthetic value (beauty). Each kata has a particular rhythmical sequence (without which it would be mere movement)

Ippon Kumite

involves a series of predefined attack/defend scenarios. Sets associated with each rank provide a controlled setting for partners to practice and refine techniques as well as to build muscle memory to help defense/counter-attacks to become nearly reflexive.

Kumite

or sparring involves actual empty hand combat against single or multiple attackers. Kumite occurs within the safety of the dojo and under the strict supervision of our Sensei. Protective gear and safety protocols are employed. The pace or intensity of sparring matches are driven by the lowest rank in the encounter.

Kobudo

is the study of weaponry. Beginning at blue belt, karateka receive training in use pf the bo (staff), sai, kama (sickle), tonfa, nunchaku, nitan bo, eku, teko, and nunti bo