HISTORY
 

      The history of far east martial arts is vast and complex. What follows is an overview.

      India may be considered the birthplace of the martial arts. It was from there that Master Monk Ta Mo (Bodhidharma) traveled to China in the sixth century A.D. While at the Shaolin temple, Ta Mo created a system of exercise to improve the physical health of the monks and the oriental martial arts was born. From there  infinite numbers of systems spread and developed according to various needs, times and locations. Each region and ethic group had its particular hybrid.

       Modern karate developed in Okinawa during the last few centuries. The common people were oppressed and forbidden to have weapons. They developed very effective defense methods as protection from their samuria overlords and outlaws. Chinese techniques were adapted and modifed to suit their situation. The common tools were used as weapons. Early in the  20th century the Japanese military government selected Grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi to develop a program to teach Karate-Do thoughtout Japan. It was during this time that Zen and spiritual concepts were added to the art. To make it the way of the open hand.

      Funakoshi's karate style is known as Shoto-Kan. Other styles developed as various masters modified and improved Karate-do according to their own concepts. Some styles emphasize forms others combat. Each school practices different levels of fighting contact. Bushi-no-Nasake practices all types, but usually continous sparring with light to medium contact.

      Bushi-no-Nasake means the "Way of the Gentle Warrior." We embrace all styles adapting, modifying and improving when necessary. There is a formal syllabus, which does change and evolve only if  it serves good purpose.  This is done after consideration of the black belt committee and other masters.

      The American Martial Arts Pioneer Grandmaster Warren Sicilano estabished the school (Martial Arta Acaemy) in 1964. He developed Kara-Do Karate. Upon his death in 1975 Master John Artemik  continued the school. Over the years many skilled practitioners from a variety of arts contributed to the system. With many improvements the art was no longer "Kara-Do". Incorporating a more  expanded knowledge Master Artemik founded "Bushi-no-Ryu" in 1981.

       In 1987 Grandmaster Artemik retired from teaching martial arts. He and his wife Angela (also a black belt) created the Academy of Healing Arts. Master Mitchel D. Mandel was appointed to direct the Martial Arts academy.In 1997 Master Mandel was awarded the title of "Shi-Han", Grandmaster. Around  2003 Shi-Han Mandel accepted the title of "Han-Shi", Great Uncle.

      In December of 2006; Sensei Andre Guionnaud head insructor of the Martial Arts Acadamy, with over a 12 years of service to "Bushi no Ryu" and "Mugen Karate-Do" dojos; with permission from Hanshi Mitchel Mandel has decided to start my own school. After extensive research and additional training, I will call my style "Bushi no Nasake", which means the "Way of the Gentle Warrior".