Welcome to Kanreikai Karate of Connecticut

At Kanreikai Karate of Connecticut and at all World Kanreikai Karate schools, we teach and practice traditional full contact Japanese karate which includes building a foundation for fighting in real life situations. We also teach face contact karate, katas, weapons, self-defense, throws and takedowns. Depending on the students goals we adjust to make sure they receive the type of training they are seeking. We have been at the same location since 1993.

Kanreikai Karate of Connecticut differentiates itself from other schools because we are a true martial art. We start with basics techniques and advance through our belt system learning katas, weapons, self-defense, sparring, but most importantly, self-respect and respect for others. The way we carry ourselves in the dojo is also required outside our dojo to be part of our organization.

We instill and require respectful behaviors from all our students regardless if they are beginning their journey at a young age or are beginning as an adult. These rules are consistent with our core values of our traditional Japanese art.

Below is more information about us, what conduct we expect of our students at the dojo and some of the Japanese terminology used by us.


The meaning behind our organization’s name has been chosen with consideration and signifies the values and principles of our leaders, instructors, and students:

  • KAN – Reach beyond your limits
  • REI – Develop your skills to the fullest
  • KAI – Group Together

Training together is not enough; our teachers create an environment where we support each other to develop and expand our skills, always strive to reach beyond what we thought were our limits!

At Kanreikai Karate of Connecticut we follow the lead and teachings of our Grand Master Hanshi Manny Matias. Our goal is to develop our students individually, focus on their physical abilities, help them with confidence, concentration for their training at the dojo and to help with their everyday life responsibilities. The hard work that is put in every time we train together gets students one step closer to their goals with our support system from instructors and their fellow students. It Is our intention to always push each other, work towards our personal goals and never give up or lose sight of our dreams!



You will hear this term constantly used by our instructors and students. It embraces the fundamental principles of our martial art and signifies patience, respect, and appreciation.

  • Patience
    • The practice of karate requires effort, perseverance, and patience. Each promotion must be earned through hard work and determination, no matter the time it takes. Karate is not a “race toward a black belt” but rather a constant effort to improve oneself.
  • Respect
    • Every student displays self-respect by training seriously and regularly. The student also shows respect toward his instructor and fellow students, generating mutual respect.
  • Appreciation
    • The word Osu! translates the student’s appreciation toward his instructor and the other students; it is a way to say, “thank you”. This word also evokes your belonging to the dojo, your unity and support.



Our DOJO KUN ensures a respectful, safe, and orderly environment. By observing this code, each student contributes to maintain our martial art’s fundamental values and optimizes his experience as a karateka.

  • Bow and say “OSU!” when entering and leaving the dojo
  • Express patience, respect, and appreciation by saying “OSU!”
  • Address our Grandmaster as “Hanshi”
  • Address the instructors of the dojo as “Sensei” or “Senpai”
  • Address a Black belt karateka as “Senpai”
  • Answer “OSU!” clear and loud when called by your name
  • Swiftly line up in a straight line when called by the instructor at the beginning of a class
  • Shake Hanshi, Shihan, Sensei or Senpai’s hand with two hands
  • If showing up late, remain at the entrance of the dojo in a kneeling position (seiza) and wait for instructor to invite you to take place on the tatami
  • When asked to withdraw from the tatami, kneel (seiza) along the wall of the dojo and wait for instructor to invite you to sit down (anza); quietly watch the training session
  • Ask instructor permission to leave the dojo during a class
  • Never use coarse or offensive language
  • Make sure to wear a clean uniform (dogi)
  • Keep fingernails and toenails short
  • Do not wear shoes
  • Do not wear jewels
  • Do not eat, drink, or chew gum
  • Do not fight without permission from the instructor
  • Do not use fighting techniques outside the dojo – unless you absolutely need to defend yourself
  • Do not use equipment or weapons without permission from the instructor
  • Respect and correctly use equipment during training
  • If you have a cold or a contagious illness, refrain from training until it is no longer contagious.



At Kanreikai Karate of Connecticut, we use Japanese words to count and describe the techniques we teach. Salutes and basic directives are also expressed in Japanese starting at the beginner level. Common to all World Kanreikai Karate schools, these Japanese expressions establish a sense of belonging and allow students from all Kanreikai schools to visit each other and train together.

  • Japanese words and their meaning
Anza sitting position, relaxed, cross-legged with straight back
Dan Black belt qualification level
Dojo Room where martial arts are being practiced; martial arts school
Hajime Start
Hanshi Grand Master
Hidari Left
Hajime Left
Ibuki Breathing out technique (a long exhalation followed by a short expiration)
Kamaete Starting position
Karate Japanese martial art practiced with bare hands and feet
Karateka Karate practitioner
Kata Imaginary fight
Kiai Shout to concentrate power (power explosion)
Kiai Irete Movement with a shout (Kiai)
Kihon Waza Basic techniques
Kohai Junior student relative to one’s qualification level (Kyu)
Kumite Fight
Kyu Qualification level (from White belt to Black tip)
Mawate Turn
Migi Right
Mokuso Meditation
Naore Return to starting position
Nidan Second dan
Obi Belt
Otagai Each other
Rei Salute
Sandan Third dan
Seiza Kneeling position, fists tight on hips, straight back (for salute and meditation)
Senpai Senior student relative to one’s qualification level (Kyu); Black belt karateka
Sensei Teacher in charge of the school
Shihan Master
Shodan First dan
Tatami Training mat
Yamei Stop
Yoi Ready
  • Japanese numbers
Ichi 1    
Ni 2 Niju 20
San 3 Sanju 30
Chi (Yon) 4 Yonju 40
Go 5 Goju 50
Roku 6    
Sishi (Nana) 7    
Hachi 8    
Ku 9    
Ju 10 Kyaku 100
  • Salutations in Japanese
    • Beginning of class:
      • Hanshi Ni Rei – Mokusu – Mokusu Yamei, Shihan (Sensei, Senpai) Ni Rei
        Salute to Hanshi – Meditation – End of meditation, salute to Shihan (Sensei, Senpai)
        (Training starts)
    • End of class:
      • Hanshi Ni Rei – Mokusu – Mokusu Yamei, Shihan (Sensei, Senpai) Ni Rei
        Salute to Hanshi – Meditation – End of meditation, salute to Shihan (Sensei, Senpai)
        (Training ends)
      • Sensei, Senpai Otagai ni Rei
        Mutual salute between students, Senpai, Sensei




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