Men, women, children, and senior citizens, all train Shoshin Ryu. It is a martial art with something for everyone. It provides the flexibility to handle most any situation and the diversity of techniques to adapt to any body. Whether a student, doctor, lawyer, nurse, secretary, house-wife, pilot, officer, teacher, counselor, or whoever, all are welcome! Shoshin Ryu is open to everyone.
Shoshin Ryu is a cooperative school rather than a competitive one. It is a traditionally based system which stresses self-defense and personal growth. Like many physical activities, Shoshin Ryu offers overall physical fitness (increased strength, flexibility, coordination, etc). It also provides stress release and increased mental "firmness and flexibility".
It then goes farther by adding the self-confidence, calmness, and compassion that comes with a higher efficiency and effective self-defence system. Tolerance and loyalty stemming from its Japanese heritage are also developed. All this is done safely with limited risk of injury. Most everyone is capable of making shodan if they train.
Shoshin Ryu gives each individual the opportunity to progress at their own pace. Through the opportunity to work with various students, one gains a variety of experiences. During the learning process, all students must attempt to keep an open mind. You can still begin training even if you are too old, too young, too overweight, too weak. Through your own personal efforts and training Shoshin Ryu your overall health will improve. Each journey must start with a first step.
It is sometimes slippery, the unknown, but do not be afraid - Shoshin people are warm, friendly and helpful. Remember, if you knew all the skills and answers you wouldn't need the training. Everyone starts at the beginning! There is a mutual trust, cooperation, protection, and care for all. This is the truthful heart way.