The Zen AthleFit … A way of Life

The Zen - Introduction

‘Zen’ is a form of ‘meditation’ with a focus on the mindful awareness of the present moment. In common words, the phrase "being zen" or "having a zen attitude" has come to mean viewing life calmly with equanimity. By this definition, being Zen is about doing right for the mind, body, and soul. It can help you relax, have a positive outlook on life, and find a higher plane of spiritual worth.  

The Zen - subsidiary of AdhaarShila Education Hub is an educational karate organization based in the India managing Karate, Self-Defence as well as Athletic programs, recruiting, and developing talent at the high school, junior varsity, and varsity levels. The Zen was formed in 1992 and is affiliated with School of Shotokan Karate-Do (India) and Shotokan Karate International Federation (India) which is affiliated with Shotokan Karate International Federation ("SKIF") - Japan. 

Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation

Karate is a martial art which was developed in Japan after many centuries of evolution in the orient. It is an art that requires a great deal of both mental and physical discipline from its students. It is considered to be one of the finest forms of exercise in practice today.
Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) was established in 1978 by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa (Black Belt 10th Dan) who had studied directly under Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do.
Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) is the largest Shotokan Karate Organisation in the world, with in excess of 2.5 million members worldwide, in 122 countries.

AEH-ZEN’s Mission

The Zen follows the "SKIF system" - a well organized and structured system of training that is both scientific and spiritual. On the spiritual side, the following karate training precepts ("dojo-kun"), passed down from Master Funakoshi, are very important and must be followed by all members of SKIF:
  • To strive for perfection of character;
  • To defend the paths of truth;
  • To foster the spirit of effort;
  • To honor the principles of etiquette; and
  • To guard against impetuous courage (maintain humility and self-control). 
When Master Kanazawa formed the SKIF in 1977 he established a unique system of teaching Shotokan karate-do. SKIF- India’s mission is to carry forth the Teachings & Goals of SKIF founder, Master Hirokazu Kanazawa, Kancho:
  • To instruct and promote the growth of karate-do;
  • To promote good physical training for long life;
  • To teach correct karate spirit and karate technique;
  • To promote harmonious relationships with all karate practitioners;
  • To avoid the single-minded sport purpose.

AthleFit – The Athletic Fitness Program

The Zen with AthleFit  is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. It advocates a perpetually varied mix of aerobic exercise, body weight exercises + body control and balancing.

The workouts based on balance, strength, and endurance, which leads to a more active lifestyle. Workouts are designed to challenge individuals’ physical and mental limits to improve confidence along with physical and mental endurance and toughness. The program and workouts are constantly changing to keep the experience fresh and help you avoid plateaus.

For Childrens ….

"We teach children that the first two priorities in their lives should be Their Families and Their Studies; everything else must come after that."

There is a common belief that martial arts training can turn children into bullies. Nothing could be further from the truth. Martial arts training teaches discipline, respect, and responsibility. It also teaches children to concentrate and achieve goals. These skills are easily transferred to the child's every day life. Far from teaching children to become bullies, an education in the martial arts helps to prepare a child to become a useful and more honorable citizen.
The ultimate aim of ‘Zen’ lies not in winning the fight, but rather in the perfection of the student's character. As in all traditional Japanese arts, the object of Karate is found in the way in which people strive to develop themselves through the systematic training of their mind, body and spirit to the height of human potential. Karate is manifested in the expression of power and movement; its method is the disciplined use of the entire body; its means are the defensive movements of blocking, striking, punching and kicking.
Thus Karate is not merely a form of self-defense. It is also a method of self-awareness. The complete mental control required to master the physical movements, and the effort and discipline put forth in the harmonizing of the mind and body, lay the foundation for the development of good citizenship and strong character. Karate is an art which can benefit all.

Why Zen ….

The SKIF system emphasizes and teaches traditional etiquette, strong moral principles, respect for others, and the promotion of good-will and harmony among all karateka, and all people, of the world. This is one reason SKIF members throughout the world consider themselves to be part of the larger "SKIF family." It is also why the SKIF system appeals to many children and their parents.
The Zen under SKIF provides the internationally recognized - a respected Grading & Certifications of SKIF members at all levels of experience from the lowest Kyu grades (junior or non-black belt grades) to the highest Dan grades.
  • All Dan Grades registered with SKIF Headquarters in Tokyo - Japan, once registered.. such grades are Universally Recognized by SKIF Affiliates and many other Traditional Karate Organizations around the World.
  • The SKIF also provides opportunities for qualified individuals to achieve recognition and licensure as certified SKIF instructors, grading examiners, and referees for SKIF karate tournaments. For advanced dan grades, there is also the opportunity to achieve the traditional honorary titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi.  
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