Emblem – Pennell’s Karate Dojo
Pennell’s Dojo is rooted in hundreds of years of Okinawan martial arts history. The specific ‘style’ of Okinawan Karate that we study is known as Matsubayashi Ryu. Matsubayashi is one of three styles of Shorin Ryu Karate, which originally found its way to Japan from China. The word “Matsu bayashi” is the Okinawan pronunciation for the Characters “Pine” and “Forest”. The term is meant to suggest the natural movement of the style in terms of our techniques. The two Japanese characters (in red) are the Japanese ideograms for the term “Pine Forest”. The upper character being “Pine” and the lower character being “Forest”. The image of the tree further supports the fundamental believe in the body (and minds) powerful abilities that can be found in our most natural state. The yellow border is similar to the border found on the emblem representing the Shorin-Ryu organization, there-by paying respect to Shorin-Ryu as the fundamental style of Pennell’s Dojo.