The Society of Harmonious Fists Federation (SOHF) offers the direction and training necessary to advance one self physically, mentally and spiritually in the art of GoJu Ryu Karate, Aiki-Jitsu, Ju Te Tai Chi and weapon training to enhance the practioner’s understanding of Martial Arts. Anyone with or without a Martial Arts background, who wishes to receive the training to advance their knowledge may contact The Headquarters (The Karate Dojo).
An inductee of the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Grandmaster Balfour Wright is a 9th degree black belt in the arts and sciences of GoJu Ryu Karate and a twenty-one year retired veteran of the United States Army. He is a direct student of Grand Master Peter Urban, Ph.D., one of the first pioneers of Karate in The United States.
His 35+ years experience outside the Traditional Karate literacy includes training in many disciplines of martial arts. He is the founder and director of the Society of Harmonious Fists, which includes several schools within the United States, Germany, Switzerland and India.
Grandmaster Wright resides in Texas with his wife and two children. He is currently a doctorial candidate who received his Master of Science degree in Quality Systems Management and Bachelors of Science degree, with a major in Business. He works full time as a professional fitness coach and martial artist to enhance the progress of the martial arts .
Grandmaster Wright is also the founder and executive director of the non profit organization Karate for Inner City Kids (K.I.C.K.), and The Society of Harmonious Fists Federation, which is committed to providing mentoring through Karate and Scholastic tutoring to high risk kids within his community?
Grandmaster Wright is a driving force within the martial arts community who spends most of his time training and promoting the true philosophy of KARATE, which is the perfection of the character of its participants.
To perfect the characters of men, women and children in our community by providing quality Martial Arts training and philosophy, emphasizing the core tenants of the Martial Arts which are Mental, Physical and Spiritual enlightenment.
Encourage scholastic competence.
Condition the mind and body through Karate.
Acknowledge that all good things come from God.
We are what we represent
There are hundreds of families in our communities that need the help and support that a mentor or Martial Artist can offer. How then can we tailor our efforts to become a role model and possibly even a mentor to them?
- We must first distinguish ourselves as a role model.
- Our Martial Arts instructors will use their skills to help families motivate their children and serve as a role model and mentor to them.
- We will identify ourselves as role models to all of the students in our community.
- Being a role model requires many things.
- A large part of the job is being known and respected for who you are and how you got there.
- A role model is a person who sets an example, a person other people may emulate.
- Being a role model does not necessarily require one-on-one, extended contact.
- Our Martial Arts Instructors will provide mentorship to the masses.
What is Martial Arts?
Martial Arts is an action philosophy. It is a means to develop new personal power, confidence and the ability to put your beliefs into action. It is a self-improvement program that has physical, mental, spiritual, and philosophical dimensions; it will develop strength, cardiovascular conditioning, and flexibility while training self-defense. It will help to release stress, improve concentration, increase self-esteem, and develop positive mental attitude, In addition, It will help you lose weight and feel more energetic. Martial Arts is a way of life. It is the art of living in a way that will help you become a winner in life.
What is Karate?
Karate, which literally means Empty Hand, is a system of unarmed offensive and defensive blocks, deflections, punches, strikes and kicks used systematically to defend against one or several attackers. Through this training one can develop strong physical condition and mental concentration.
What is GoJu Ryu?
GoJu Ryu Karate is an Ancient & Quot style Martial Arts that traces it’s origin back to Okinawa /Japan. GoJu Ryu literally means HARD (Go) SOFT (Ju). This style of martial arts introduces many hand and foot techniques that are taught to be used for a primary method of physical training and personal development, rather than a means of force. GoJu Ryu Karate incorporates close combat fighting skills and Aiki Jitsu techniques. A full implementation of weapons will be taught after practitioners master the art of empty hand katas. All children are taught the sport aspect of Karate.
GoJu Ryu Karate Training consists of three parts:
(Crawl, Walk & Run) (Kihon, Kata & Kumite)
- Kihon (Basic Techniques) – Punches, strikes, blocks, kicks, foot-sweeps and basic self-defense. Repetitive Kihon training prepares students for Kata and Kumite.
- Kata (Prearranged movements against imaginary opponents) – a set of prearranged movements that consists of basic and advanced techniques, put together to simulate actual fighting. Repetitive Kata training prepares students for Kumite
- Kumite (Sparring) – Kumite is a method of training in which the offensive and defensive techniques learned in Kihon and Kata are given actual application against an opponent. There are three main types of Kumite; Basic pre-arranged, Semi pre-arranged and free fighting.
Remember, when you unify your dojo, you separate yourself from the masses. You’re not the issue, a duplicable system is!