Class Descriptions and Programs

The Marcus Garvey Karate Club (MGKC) offers karate training in the traditional style of Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do in accordance with the teachings of the late Osensei Shoshin Nagamine and our co-founder Sensei Ed Barron.

As a cultural and philosophical approach to life, our training seeks to combine the weaponless method of self-defense as a basic human instinct of self-preservation with a community philosophy of self-help, personal responsibility and social justice. Combining traditional karate training with other forms of cultural and philosophical training is what makes the Marcus Garvey Karate Club (MGKC) unique.

Physical Training

The physical training consists of four components.

1.) Fundamental moving and standing basics.In traditional Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do the basic movements consist of proper breathing, stances, blocking, punching and kicking techniques.

2.) Fundamental kata. There are eighteen formal kata in Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do that combine the traditional fundamentals of proper attitude, breathing, stances, blocking, punching, kicking and intermediate techniques to create a set of sequential movements used in kumite and for self-defense.

3.) Sparring or kumite. The Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do techniques of kumite as taught by Sensei Barron are hidden within the moving and standing basics and the formal training of kata.

4.) Conditioning. A broad range of physical and mental conditioning are used that include stretching, jumping rope and abdominal conditioning.

Cultural Training

The cultural and philosophical training currently consist of two programs.

1.) Maleness to Manhood – Rites of Passage is an abbreviated rites of passage program created by Sensei Ahmad Mahdi that focuses on personal, academic and social development. Through rites of passage activities, participants learn what is expected of them and are encouraged to discover and showcase their hidden talents. We believe that this type of program is essential in helping boys transition responsibly to the roles and responsibilities of manhood.

2.) African American Historic Awareness is an approach developed by Sensei Elam King that helps students better understand the history and current events of our nation from an Afrocentric perspective.  Emphasis is also placed on recognizing and respecting the experiences and contributions of other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. so that our students are better prepared to function as socially productive citizens in a diverse and complex society.

3.) Nguzo-Saba Training Program is an approach developed by Sensei Khatib Waheed that uses a set of Afrocentric values and principles to help male and female youths develop a values-based approach to critical thinking. Emphasis is placed upon: respecting self and others; taking personal responsibility toward building and maintaining community; respecting and celebrating racial and ethnic differences; and striving to eliminate all forms of human oppression.


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