Instructors at Pacific Karate Organization

Owner, Head Instructor:
Sensei Michael Ferguson
Sensei Michael Ferguson The Pacific Karate Organization is dedicated to the principles and values of Traditional Karate. We are members of the Shito-ryu International Karate-do Kai, which represents the original root of Shito-ryu karate, one of the major Japanese styles.
As members of this prestigious school we are entrusted to provide classical instruction in both the science and vision of Traditional Karate.

Traditional Karate is a discipline that goes far beyond the study of self defense or its application in sport. It is a culture that carries with it the basis for improving all aspects of our human nature. for the committed practitioner, karate is a pathway to positive growth and well-being. When we understand this training as something more than simply physical we refer to it by its proper name--Karate-do--the pathway to self-knowledge.

The underlying principles of Traditional Karate are those of a physical science. As with any science there are basic laws that are integral to its application. The primary intention of training is to mold the movements of the body into accord with these physical laws. The ultimate aim of training is to so deeply embed the correct mechanics of movement that techniques are executed without conscious effort. Years of repetition and analysis forge the body into an instrument of offensive and defensive potential.

Karate training moves from science to art when the aim is directed towards something beyond physical prowess. In Traditional Karate we recognize that to forge the body is also to forge the mind. The practical and philosophical aim of Traditional Karate training is to bring the mind and the body together as one. Wecannot concentrate the body without concentrating the mind. Conditioning our movements to the correct standards of execution requires tremendous physical effort and concentration of will. To truly develop karate we must call upon our deepest resources, Mastery does not come in a day, a month, or a year. Karate training demands that we overcome discouragement, discipline our emotions in the face of fear, and analyze what it means to commit to a pathway until success is assured. This dedication brings with it a sense of integrity where ethical action and moral certainty naturally evolve within the practitioner. Karate-do is the pathway of inner development which grows from the study of the science of karate.

The literal translationof Karate-do is "Empty Hand Way". The meaning implies an attitude of self-reliance when faced with difficulty or danger. The realities of training are used to refine behavior, shape character and awaken spirit. Just as when, in a physical confrontation, the practitioner will react without conscious effort, so too, when confronted with moral challenge, the martial artist moves instinctively -- without second thought.

The major systems of Traditional Karate are the libraries of this profound martial culture. The Grandmaster of each system oversees this great body of knowledge so that nothing is lost or diluted. The Sensei are dedicated to instruct each student such that they may one day carry the seeds of this culture to the next generation.

Students come to this practice for many reasons. Many have found deeper meaning than originally sought in the training. Far more than a fighting art, Traditional Karate is the study of life.