Our school teaches traditional Okinawan Matusbayashi Shorin Ryu Karate and supports the Nagamine Family Karate style and association that Soke Takayoshi Nagamine was developing and expanding until the time of his passing.
The school is dedicated to preserving and passing on the Legacy and lessons of Nagamine Sensei and is the only school in the Midwestern United States that Nagamine Sensei supported and frequently visited for the last decade of his life.
(The above photo was taken on Soke Nagamine’s last visit to our dojo in July 2011)
The school is owned and operated by Scott Mastin. Mastin Sensei has been involved with the Martial Arts since a very early age and teaches the art of Matsubayashi-ryu as a direct student under the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine.
Soke Nagamine and Mastin Sensei became very close and had an amazing relationship.
“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”
Kyoshi, 7th Dan
The video was filmed in the Nagamine Honbu Dojo in Okinawa, Japan. Mastin Sensei is in the center performing Naihanchi Shodan.
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We strive to keep a traditional training atmosphere. We have thought about relocating the main school several times but moving the school doesn’t feel right. We have established a close family mentality that has been in place for over 2 decades and would like to continue to grow that concept.
We have had the honor and privilege to train 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, children with disabilities, students that may be overweight and even a student over 70 years of age and many other incredible individuals.
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.
Our goal is to to help others enhance their lives and become stronger individuals.
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.
— Scott Mastin
Kyoshi, 7th Dan