Arawa Kage Kan
The history of the martial arts shows us that schools have been named in various ways—some have names relating to where schools are located, some have names that are very simple and practical, and some have names based on esoteric principles or the experience of the dojocho (head of the school). For example, the great Antonio Perreira called his art “three mountain style” because his school was on Tremont (Three mountain) Avenue. One of the grand masters of Kiyojute Ryu calls his school Goshin Kan which simply means self defense school. These exemplify methods one and two, respectively.
Our school, Arawa Kage Kan, is named for the third reason. The name finds esoteric expression in too many ways to list in this venue; the fact that Arawa Kage Kan may be pronounced Yo In Kan (in-yo corresponding to the more common Chinese rendering yin-yang) bears indisputable justification of this statement. Still, the main reason for this name comes from the personal experience of the dojocho. In my martial arts training, I was always looking for something to fill my cup. I began my training in traditional karate, but I ran out of things to study and became stagnant; I studied traditional jujutsu and, though it provided greater flexibility, I still found myself wandering. Add to this a sordid list of bad experiences with martial artists on the competition scene exhibiting profound spiritual deficiencies and the ugliness of the political side of martial arts rank and international associations, and large parts of my early experience can be summed up as dark, shadowy, and empty. In Kiyojute Ryu, I found fulfillment to my every need—a bottomless, boundless curriculum, a clean-cut association with a clear and indisputable headmaster, and a family connected in love that had no tolerance for the ugliness that is perpetuated in so many martial arts schools and associations. I passed from darkness to light—Arawa Kage Kan.
Training at Arawa Kage Kan is conducted two times a week, though individual practice on a daily basis is professed as the key to the greatness of the ancient masters. Classes are held on Tuesday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 pm. There is also a taichi class on Fridays from 5:45-6:30.
When martial arts schools become businesses, bad things happen. For this reason and others, Arawa Kage Kan treats dues as donations. Each student is asked to give a 30 dollar donation a month to keep up with purchasing mats, weapons, and having the Headmaster down for special training sessions. There are no written contracts.