Welcome to our humble dojo.
(The above photo was taken on Soke Nagamine’s last visit to our dojo in July 2011)(The above outfit that Soke Nagamine was wearing in this picture was given to Sensei Mastin in 2011)
Anyone can teach you how to kick or punch. My goal is to make you a champion individual that can excel in all the areas of life. I strive to instill courtesy and focus in each student while building confidence and self esteem in a safe, fun and positive manner.
We teach traditional Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu). Sensei Mastin has been involved with the Martial Arts since a very early age and has been teaching Matsubayashi-ryu since 1991. He has had only 2 instructors in his lifetime within the same style. Both of instructors were from Okinawa. When his first instructor chose to leave the art of Matsubayashi Ryu, Sensei Mastin stayed with the Nagamine Lineage and became a direct student under Soke Takayoshi Nagamine. Soke Nagamine and Sensei Mastin became very close and had an amazing relationship for more than a decade. Soke Nagamine visited the Silverton dojo frequently during the years that he lived in Columbus. Additionally, Soke Nagamine would come to Cincinnati and stay with Sensei Mastin to teach seminars or classes in the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011. Each visit was usually a week to 10 days. Soke Nagamine’s next visit was scheduled for July 15th 2012. He sadly passed away on April 25th 2012.
“I will always cherish my special and unique time that Soke devoted to me. He was a rare gem on earth. I will continue to pass down all of the teachings that he so selflessly gave me. I realize that I am very fortunate to have spent as much time as I did with him. I will always love and cherish his friendship, teachings and who he was a person”
Sensei Mastin always took advantage of a training opportunity. He attended World and US Seminars in 2000 Los Angeles, 2001 New York, 2007 St. Louis, 2008 New York, 2010 Okinawa. He also attended seminars in Florida and Columbus, Ohio when Soke taught. Sensei Mastin had the honor of accompanying the Late Dave Williams to Columbus on Monthly or Bi-monthly training session for the years that Soke Nagamine lived in Columbus.
Even though we have multiple programs, one thing remains the same. “What is that,” you ask? – The traditional training atmosphere. We have thought about relocating the main school several times. It always comes back with same results: It doesn’t feel right to lose the close family mentality that has been in place for over 2 decades.
Many incredible individuals have trained with us. Some of them are: Professional football player, famous musician, police and firemen, United States soldiers and veterans, foreign exchange students, doctors, lawyers, single mothers, 3 and 4 year old children with disabilities, students that may be overweight and even a student over 70 years of age … the list goes on and on.
We have had several guest instructors from overseas and always train with an open mind. While our focus is training in “Real Karate” in a Traditional Art rather than training for sport, we have had several students in the past go on become United States National Champions in various tournaments.
All of the individuals named above have 1 thing in common. When they enter the school they are all equal. My goal is simple: To help others enhance their lives and become stronger individuals.
Sensei Mastin has 4 copyrighted books with criteria specific directions for each belt level. The instruction and books cover all age groups from the 4 year old Little Ninja Student to the Blackbelt Adult Students.
Things covered are: stances, blocks, strikes (kicks, punches, elbows, and knees), 18 Traditional Kata, 7 Traditional Yakusoku kumites with all variations and advanced Yakusoku kumites, over 300 self defense holds, locks, grabs, throws, escapes, takedowns, Goal setting, fitness, stamina and endurance training and many other areas.
Here are some things that you can do to grow stronger as an individual and help the dojo grow stronger at the same time:
- Set a goal of attending class 1 or 2 times per week.
- Attend the correct class and be on time!
- help a friend find the path the you chosen. (Like minded people make great training partners.)
Care Enough to Share
We need your help to make our school grow. Our hopes are to reach as many people as possible and make our school a strong, caring place that changes lives for the better. As our slogan states, “We create champion individuals.” With this in mind, please do your part and help sponsor a student. If everyone supports us, we will accomplish one of our goals in no time.
Your referral of a friend or neighbor to our school is one of the finest compliments you can give us. We welcome your friends and neighbors to become part of our family. Please help me make my dream and vision a reality.
–Sensei Scott Mastin