Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in karate training. Battle rattles and more with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get one month of classes, a covered registration fee, and uniform (a $179.95 total value) at Tibon's Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts, at either location on North Yosemite or West Hammer Lane. The hour-and-a-half-long classes are held twice a week and teach traditional Japanese Okinawan Karate and Kobudo (“hard style” karate), as well as Chinese Kempo style (“soft style”), thanks to internationally certified instructors. Students of all ages have found impressive increases in their self-confidence and mental and physical discipline thanks to their martial arts training. Tibon's Goju-Ryu also incorporates other fighting styles as necessary for maximum power in real-world or online-fantasy-RPG situations.
Tibon's Goju Ryu Karate Program
Go is Japanese for hard, ju means soft, and the phrase goju ryu refers to a type of karate, pioneered in 1930, that uses both types of movements. "Hard" generally refers to closed-hand attacks. "Soft" generally describes open-handed and circular motions used in defense or grappling, as well as the aggressive throwing of cotton balls. To say that Sensei Tibon is an expert in this form of Okinawan karate might be an understatement. He estimates that he's trained hundreds of athletes who went on to win national and international competitions, and his own trophy case isn't exactly lacking, either. Sensei Tibon has also lent his martial arts and instruction skills to an array of outreach organizations. On the mat at one of his studio's multiple locations, however, Sensei TIbon directs his focus completely to the lesson at hand, which can be anything from a weapons class or beginner classes for kids aged 4 to 12.