Hanshi Edwin James Ward
DAI Hanshi Soke
Founder and leader of Funakoshi Ryu and Funakoshi
Soke Dai Hanshi Edwin James Ward started
his Martial Arts career in South Africa in 1958 and studied under
many of the top Martial Arts Masters in various Styles & disciplines
in Japan. Edwin favored the Shotokan Style of Karate, but recognized
the need for future development.
In 1966 , Edwin started the development
of his own Karate Style. This new thinking Style afforded him
the opportunities to create and advance his ideas in Karate. The
style became very popular and soon grew to over 3000 students.
Edwin named the Style Funakoshi Ryu,
in honor of the Great Karate Master Gichin Funakoshi. If Gichin
Funakoshi were alive today, he would be proud of this system of
Karate, named in his honor. Although many new advancements have
been made in the Funakoshi Ryu style of Karate, we still adhere
to the traditional Bushido Ethics.
The Funakoshi Ryu Style of Karate has proved its self in local
and International Tournaments with excellent results. Funakoshi
Karate is now practiced in many countries around the world.
In 1980 Edwin, moved to Canada, where he continued with his Martial
Arts and the development of the Style, as well as introducing
the style into Canada & the U.S.A.
WHAT IS FUNAKOSHI
techniques are similar in most Styles. It's the system in which
they are taught, that identifies a Style. As with all teaching
systems a known syllabus is important. Funakoshi Ryu has a structured
sequential training system. Incorporated into our system is the
science of Kinetics and Bio Mechanics. Kinetics is the study of
the forces that produce, arrest or modify the motions of the body.
Kinetics is the application of Newton’s first and third
law of inertia to body dynamics.
In exercise and sport, bio-mechanics a sub-division of dynamics
dealing with the study of the forces causing or tending to cause
changes at which reactions proceed.
The central starting point or foundation of Funakoshi Ryu, is
our Kamae stance. This Kamae stance is more than a fighting position,
it contains accurate head, body, arms, hands, leg & feet positions.
This stance is a study by itself. All training techniques start
from this position. This Kamae is used in all our training systems.
Kihon, Saiten Kentai Waza, Shi-ho Geri Waza, Kata and Kumite.
Many Styles have copied this Kamae and yet it is not in their
Kihon and Kata.
This stance is an aggressive and defensive position. One could
say this stance identifies Funakoshi Ryu.
In 1966 Funakoshi Ryu introduced to
the Karate world our unique Junior Karate ranking system. All
Junior ranks wear a white stripe through their belts, and the
awarding of Junior Black Belts, with a white stripe through the
Funakoshi Ryu has excellent training
systems, with great emphasis placed on the detail and perfection
of all Kihon techniques.
Our unique advanced Black Belt training syllabus caters for the
advancement of karateka through the higher Dan rankings.
Funakoshi Ryu is a ongoing Style always
looking to improve and advance with new Systems & Techniques.
The method used to train an Athlete
50 years ago, cannot be compared to the methods taught today.
Funakoshi Kobudo International teaches
weapon training to students wishing to practice the disciplines
of Bushido weaponry.
Edwin Ward Dai Hanshi has studied a variety of weapons and has
developed systems of teaching these weapons, unique to Funakoshi
Karate International students.
Dai Hanshi Edwin Ward