WHAT IS MEIKYO DOJO?
Meikyo Dojo offers classes in Kyokushin Karate, a system of traditional karate originating in Japan. Nick Savery opened Meikyo Dojo in January of 2013 at its current location in Hudson, NH after many years teaching in other locations. Since opening we’ve made it our mission to build a community around our passion for Kyokushin.
Meaning of Meikyo Dojo
Meikyo can be translated as “a brightly polished mirror,” or “mirror of the soul.” The essence of karate can be viewed as the continuous polishing of our techniques and ourselves. It is through this persistence to “polish” that we make gradual improvements to body and mind. Dojo translates to training hall, making Meikyo Dojo a place to polish the body and mind.
Kyokushin Karate was founded in the early 1960’s by the late Grandmaster Masutatsu Oyama. The Japanese translation of “kyokushin” is as follows: KYOKU – ultimate; SHIN – truth. Kyokushin is therefore translated as “the search for the ultimate truth”. Kyokushin is well known for its disciplined and rigorous training. Influences of Shoto-kan and Goju-ryu, which were also studied by Mas Oyama in his early years, can be seen in various techniques and kata (forms) in the Kyokushin system.
Kyokushin Karate is Budo Karate, and therefore goes far beyond just learning to punch or kick. Budo or “Martial Way” is a term used to describe martial arts that provide a means of perfecting the self. The struggle to overcome both the physical and mental hurdles you come across in the dojo creates a transformative process that can make you a stronger, more complete person.
Nick Savery, Sensei, began his training in Kyokushin over 20 years ago at the age of 7. He graded for his Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in October 2004, Nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) in April 2010, and Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) in November 2015 under Shihan Tom Flynn. Over his long Kyokushin career, Sensei Nick has had the great fortune of training with many highly regarded names in Kyokushin, including Kancho Yoshikazu Suzuki, Hanshi Daigo Oishi, Shihan Tomoyuki Monma, Shihan Cameron Quinn, Shihan Judd Reid, Shihan Randolf James and Shihan Michael Lorden. Nick is also an active Knockdown competitor competing in the US and Canada as well as the So-Kyokushin World Championship in Shizuoka, Japan in 2016.
Outside of the dojo, Sensei Nick works as an Embedded Software Engineering consultant. His strong background in science and engineering gives Sensei Nick a unique perspective on his study of karate. Students receive the benefit of a deeper understanding of the body mechanics and physics that can be leveraged for the effective application of karate.
Stop by the dojo and meet the family! Sensei Nick shares his love of Kyokushin with all of his students, including his wife and young son.