Karate as described by Kancho Joko Ninomiya
Karate is more than just a force, more than a method of self defense. It is a way by giving full attention to the moment, no matter what the activity. Surveyor, mechanic, or cook-the position makes no difference; a job performed in the spirit of karate-do is done with a selfless awareness of the moment itself. Its spirit is very much like meditation. It is only fitting that karate is often called "moving zen."
What is Enshin Karate and what makes it different?
Enshin Karate is a practical system of empty-handed self-defense based on a strategy of circular movement allowing you to use your opponent's power and momentum against him or her. This strategy, called sabaki, is the difference which enables its practitioner to convert defense into offense.
Sabaki .. a Japanese word that means "usefully redirecting a force." It describes breaking a horse or damming a river: turning natural energy into productive force. Many Enshin techniques are based on moving to the outside of an attack, pulling the attacker off-balance and finishing him with a sweep or throwing technique that inevitably puts him on the floor.
Enshin stresses the development of flexibility, power, and speed, with emphasis on stretching, conditioning, and technique. Training in Enshin karate builds spiritual awareness, mental alertness, a sense of confidence, and provides resources for meeting the challenges encountered in life.