Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate

Welcome to Cornerstone Martial Arts : Maryland Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate

Since 2001, Cornerstone Martial Arts : Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate schools has been providing instruction in Martial Arts and Fitness in the Bowie, Maryland area.

We have a variety of classes to choose from whether you are looking to get in shape, a year round sport for your child, or high quality self-defense.

We hope you will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well. Don't forget to visit our blog and Facebook page

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We welcome all skill levels in a friendly family environment

What is Karate?

"True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."
-- Gichin Funakoshi

KarateKarate translated either means "Chinese hand" or "Empty hand" depending on which Japanese or Chinese characters you use to write it.

Okinawan Karate styles tend to be hard and external. In defense they tend to be circular, and in offense linear. Karate Okinawan Karate styles tend to place more emphasis on rigorous physical conditioning than the Japanese styles. Japanese styles tend to have longer, more stylistic movements and to be higher commitment. They also tend to be linear in movement, offense, and defense.

Both tend to be high commitment, and tend to emphasize kicks and punches, blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, joint manipulations and a strong offense as a good defense. Karate techniques consist basically of hand and foot techniques. Hand techniques are divided into defensive or offensive moves. Foot techniques are divided into kicking techniques; snap and thrust kicks. Other important elements of Karate include stances, posture, body shifting, hip rotation, and breathing.


Training differs widely but most of the Karate styles emphasize a fairly equal measure of basic technique training (kihon), sparring (kumite), and forms (kata). Forms are stylized patterns of attacks and defenses done in sequence for training purposes.

An art of self-defense as well as a sport, Karate has in recent decades proliferated worldwide. It is one of the most widely practiced of the Asian martial arts, with a large following in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

But karate is more than physical...

In response to the question,"What is karate-do?" Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan replied: "Karate is the activity. 'Do' means the way. In this we are not only looking for physical activity. Anything connected with the physical limits us. If we improve the personality, there are no limits. Okinawan style is the 'way' for life. If only the outside, physical is developed, then, as you age and lose power, you have nothing. So, that would leave a feeling of emptiness inside. Karate gives us a chance every day and every year to begin again and begin again. It keeps our mind fresh and deeply growing."

Contact Cornerstone Martial Arts : Maryland Shido-kan Shorin Ryu Karate at:
Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate
13000 Beechtree Ln
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 410-562-1431