Tradition, Conditioning, Self Protection
TRADITIONAL KARATE, NON TRADITIONAL SELF DEFENSE, PSYCHOLOGY OF SELF DEFENSE, STRIKING, CARRILLO COMBATIVE CONCEPTS, BOXING, GRAPPLING, and MORE. 6 Days a week of martial arts training for $75/MO (see class schedule)
ADULT AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Our martial arts expectations are to allow you to learn in the capacity you find necessary. We offer the diversity for you to study traditional martial arts, to train to physically defend yourself, or to provide an environment in which you, or your child, can learn to be a good student and grow.
Parents often want kids to "become better" as a result of martial arts. That means children need to learn how to listen, learn, and be respectful. That happens in the form of kicks and punches but it isn't until after this is established, that real martial arts training can occur.
For adults, we hope that you already have the ability to receive information and be a respectful student. Therefore, we hope that training and educating you in defense can occur along a different time table.
More about Us:
Welcome to Belton Shito-Ryu,
Karate is the foundation that lead to all this CHAOS. Russ and myself have been teaching traditional Japanese Karate in Belton for 9 years but our karate education started long before that. I began in Karate when I was 9 years old.
We will not guarantee you or your child a black belt. I will guarantee I will give you an enriching education in martial arts, discipline, respect, and work ethic. The black belt, that is your work, not my promise.
Karate isn't something in which most people have a clear expectation. Strange images of movie martial arts come to the mind of some, with loud yells and tiger stripped pants. And others envision robotic children yelling "YES SIR, I WILL PUNCH SIR." I have a masters degree in psychology, I was a social worker for 6 years before resigning when I had my twin boys and I look terrible in tiger stripes. So our class, we have white gi's (see above), we are respectful, I encourage thought and understanding with appropriate tact. Students learn to work hard, stand in line, punch efficiently, and really understand their education. If that doesn't make for a clear visual, then just come in and try us out. Our doors are always open to you, unless were closed, then well, we will see you when we open.
I would also like to thank the Martial Art community for inducting me into the 2014 U.S.A Martial Arts Hall of Fame. I was unexpectedly nominated this year after the Missouri representative met with and spoke with several of my students and others in our organization. As someone who has so many amazing instructors in my life, getting this award was almost hard to accept. It was hard for me to see myself as someone worthy. But that feeling undermines my students and our experiences together. So thank you guys. Thank you so much. I will do everything in my ability to continue growing as a martial artist and educator to make sure that Belton Shito gets the instruction it deserves. I will continue to strive to be a better human tomorrow than I was today.
Endless thanks and appreciation,
I hope to meet you soon,