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THE MEANING OF "SHURENKAN"

The name Shurenkan is composed of three different characters.

The first character, SHU, means "to study, foster, or train." Its deeper meaning is that of studying or training as a means of improving oneself, and cultivating one's intellect and character.

The second character, REN, also means "to refine, cultivate, or train one's mental and physical skills, and improve one's character." However, its original meaning  was "to refine or temper crude metals." Thus, it has the connotation of improving upon one's physical and mental skills by tempering, much the same way as  the steel of a sword is hardened during the forging process. Through the arduous, physical training of karate, we undergo the same process that takes a piece of soft carbon and transforms it into a blade of superior strength and integrity.

The final character, KAN, means "a public building or hall." Most often, it is specifically used to refer to a public building or hall used for cultural activities such as the martial arts.

Therefore, Karate-do Shurenkan is a hall where people gather to cultivate the mind and temper the body through arduous training in the art of karate.

 

 

 

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