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Shorinji Zendo-ryu Karate2301 Artesia Blvd. – #2
Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310-370-3500 Monday & Wednesday 8:15-9:15pm; Friday 7:15-8:15pm; Saturday 11:00am-Noon www.zendoryukarate.com Owner: Professor Susan Skornia
To a novice, the martial arts may appear to be the same – a series of deliberate kicks, strikes, jumps and turns – all designed to bring down an opponent. However, a close look at the various styles will reveal the differences that define and separate one from the other. In the case of Shorinji Zendo-ryu, one difference is that it is a direct descendant of the original mind training and martial arts, founded in the Shaolin monastery, circa 527 A.D. The television series Kung Fu (aired 1972-1975) was, for many, the first up-close look by the American public at the centuries old practice and ignited widespread interest in martial art forms that continues to this day.
The perpetuation of any skill or tradition is always dependent on individuals willing to dedicate the time (a lifetime?) to master that skill; and in the case of Shorinji Zendo-ryu, Phillip M. Skornia, Phd, was for many years the ultimate master and instructor of this martial art form until his death in 2013. Professor Skornia was a pioneer in American karate, an ordained Zen priest and held varying degrees of black belts in multiple martial art disciplines.
Leading up to Skornia’s 50th anniversary of professional teaching, the Shorinji Zendo-ryu team took first, second and third places in state, national, international and world competitions. Through his many years of instruction, mentorship and competition, Skornia’s influence is immortalized in the world of martial arts. Many of his students have appeared in films as stuntmen in action films. In addition, Skornia was consultant on several films and exchanged techniques and philosophy with Bruce Lee. Among his many accomplishments, Skornia founded the Shorinji Zendo-ryu Karate International, an organization that opened membership to multi-style karate systems. The current classes are held at the Tae Kwon Do school, operated by Grandmaster Don Wortman and continue this open style tradition.
At a memorial for Skornia, the decision was made by his wife Professor Susan Skornia, Grandmaster Rod Hefington and Sensei Norbert Fernandez to continue to offer the Shorinji Zendo-ryu training in the South Bay where it has been taught since 1955. All trained under Professor Skornia for many years; are dedicated practitioners and committed to teaching current and future generations. Guided by PEP – acronym for practical, effective and proven techniques – the classes offered at the school are inclusive of the Zendo-Ryu philosophy of open-mindedness to the truth and combine the three essential elements of the physical, mental and spiritual (zen). So much more than kicking, striking, jumping and turning – or in words from the Kung Fu television series: “Look beneath the surface of the pool to see its depths.”