Wa Shen Shi Kan is part of Open Hand, a nonprofit that uses the principles and practices of traditional martial arts to develop a stronger, more connected, and empowered community. Values like inclusion, responsibility, perseverance, honesty, and compassion guide our work in and out of the dojo and extend far beyond the physical practice of karate.
We believe everyone can benefit from a welcoming place to work hard, strive, and be accepted no matter where you start. Wa Sen Shi Kan is the martial arts practice arm of Open Hand, using Ryukyu Kempo Karate as a tool to build stronger minds and bodies. We focus on self-improvement and cooperation instead of competition, and real-world application of karate techniques with an emphasis on protection of self and those around you. We believe in conflict avoidance and resolution first. Our karateka are fierce and capable, but you’ll see them stopping fights, not starting them. Our students develop strength, confidence, respect, and awareness.
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Belt testing in karate can be intense but the students bring it! Here, they’re practicing a kata before demonstrating it without Sensei’s help.
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