The Blood and the Breath: Okinawan Gojo Karate

If you think wealth equals well being, this is not the class for you. If you think you have to be young to exercise, this is not the class for you. If you are afraid of getting to know yourself better then this DEFINITELY is not the class for you.

This is the class for you if you want to live longer, get sick less, and control your breathing and blood pressure.

This is not the “CFI” of Karate. Itʼs the Okinawan Goju Karate. “Go” meaning hard and “Ju” meaning soft and itʼs designed to build the mind, condition the body, and build character. Itʼs a form of mental calisthenics where the blood and the breath cultivate an efficient flow to the extremities that will give you the strength to do things in your life you wouldnʼt otherwise do, especially if youʼre older. It combines the best of aerobics, yoga and chi gung. This is an art not built on strength but on speed, finesse and technique, using courtesy and respect as its pillars and has a positive effect on every person that trains with it.

For those of us in the business world, that translates into having an obligation with no contract and the cardio benefits may qualify for insurance reimbursement. It doesnʼt get any better than that.

This school is a family, and that means something to Chris Chin of Palisades, its Director. His family was spared a tragic loss when Chris took a PATH train later than usual on his way to work at the World Trade Cen- ter. When his train was halted due to a “police action” he had no idea why. The date was September 11, 2001. So time, as you can see, is important to Chris. Thatʼs why the time he takes to teach people his art has a special meaning to him as well as to his students.

Speaking of time, this class will not take a lot of yours. They meet Tuesday and Thursday nights, 8:30 to 10:00 at the Palisades Community Center and they have a free private introductory program. Those 90 minutes just might buy you years of continued good health. Regard- less of your age you should DEFINITELY check it out. Detailed information is available at The Nine Dragons Martial Arts website: