In 2010 Mr. J. Sackett started working with his teacher to open up his own Karate Dojo. He trained with her to learn all the ins and outs of running an American Budo Kai certified dojo. Mr. J. Sackett decided to partner up with his brother Adam to make this dream a reality. On October 5, 2012 Family Martial Arts Center was opened in Parsippany, NJ. Family Martial Arts Center was recognized as a certified American Budo Kai dojo on December 2, 2012. We've been turning students into champions for over 8 years!
American Budo Kai was founded and developed by Master Jenkins in the late 1960s and moved into Jersey City in the 1970s. In 1972 it was moved into the Ledgewood area and has taken off. Kai, in terms of martial arts, translates into assembly or association. American Budo Kai is a large association of schools made up of over ten schools most of which have been around over 20 years. American Budo Kai is a focused professional organization with safety as the number one priority and professionally taught karate to give you the best instruction possible. Family Martial Arts Center is proud to be keeping the tradition of Master Jenkins and the American Budo Kai on going into the future.
Family Martial Arts Center, as a member of the American Budo Kai, teaches a style of karate called Isshinryu.
Tatsuo Shimabuku was born on September 19, 1908 in Chan Village, Okinawa. This was Meiji 41 (the 41st year under the Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito). It was also the year of the Monkey. Master Shimabuku spent many years studying the Shorin-Ryu system under Master Kyan Chotoku and the Goju-Ryu system under Master Miyagi Chojun. Shimabuku also studied Shorin-Ryu and kumite under Motobu Choki and kobudo (Okinawan weapons) under Shinken Taira.
On January 15, 1956, Tatsuo Shimabuku called his students together to announce the naming of Isshinryu Karate. One of his senior students, Kaneshi Eiko, asked him, "Why such a funny name" and Tatsuo replied, " Because all things begin with one." The word Isshin-Ryu means ”one heart way” (Is = One, Shin = Heart, Ryu = Way).
Shimabuku developed his powerful, lightning-fast system by combining what he considered to be the best attributes of Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu. Shimabuku made three major changes from traditional Okinawa styles. The first is the use of a vertical fist as opposed to the traditional twist punch. The second is placing the thumb on top as opposed to on the side of the fist. The third is the execution of blocks using the muscular part of the forearm as opposed to the bone.
Tatsuo Shimabuku taught Isshinryu to United Stated Marines that were stationed in Okinawa in the late 1950's and 1960's. Tatsuo Shimabuku wanted Americans not only to learn the physical aspects of Isshinryu but wanted them to understand Okinawan culture, customs, history and traditions. Shimabuku was quoted in the March 30, 1960 edition of the OKINAWAN TIMES as saying "Even if we cannot promote friendship between Okinawa and America through karate, my true hope is that if karate becomes popular in the United States and Hawaii, then Okinawa would also become more well understood." Isshin-Ryu was brought back to the United States by these U.S. Marines.
Mr. J. Sackett - Head Instructor
Family Martial Arts Center LLC
176 Route 46 West
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Mr. a. sackett - Fanwood Program Director
Fanwood, NJ 07023
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