About the Shuhari Institute

The Shuhari Institute is a new karate organization based on the developmental stages concept of Shu Ha and Ri.

The Institute’s mission is to advance Traditional Shotokan Karate by promoting technical excellence, encouraging individual innovation, and supporting creative mastery.

The Institute is in the process of developing Programs & Initiatives including technical guides, videos, seminars, and other events. The institute welcomes and encourages interaction between styles and organizations as a means to developing and supporting the art of Traditional Karate.

Formed in 2015, the Shuhari Institute is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

What Does Shuhari Mean?

Shuhari is actually three Japanese words: Shu 守, Ha 破, and Ri 離 (often written as one word) describing an individual’s stages of development in the martial arts. It is an excellent means of understanding how we progress in karate.  The concept of Shuhari has recently become a much-discussed topic in the world of martial arts – and for good reason.  We believe it is the foundation for a new movement in martial arts.

We are specifically applying this concept to how an organization can provide value to its members. Knowing that all karateka are at different levels of their development, delivery of services need to be modulated to acknowledge the specific needs of each stage.  Here’s a breakdown of the stages:

"Shu" 守

Imitation.   This is the first stage of learning typified by strict memorization and copying of the Sensei. These are the students in most dojos who seek quality teaching and basic technical info in readily accessible and easy-to-understand formats

"Ha", 破

Exploration.  Practitioners at this stage are experienced black belts with many years of training who seek exposure to advanced training & concepts from top instructors.  These practitioners begin mixing, editing, and fine-tuning these new ideas into something beyond Shu into something more personal.

"Ri" 離

Breaking Free.  Practitioners at the Ri level are Master Instructors who have transcended to a level reflecting their own singular approach to the art.  They seek effective venues to disseminate their new ideas to others and to have their talents recognized by their peers.


Board of Directors

Scott Parkin, President & Founder
…..Kitsune Karate
Randall Hackworth
…..Iron City Karate
Peer Halperin
…..Traditional Martial Arts Center
Jeremiah Hart
…..Shotokan Karate & Human Performance
Sean Huchzermeier
…..Missouri Karate Association
M.L. Martindale
…..Kitsune Karate
Luis Ocampo
…..Power + Finesse Karate & Yoga
Amy Sperling
…..Kitsune Karate

Technical Fellowship

Amy Sperling, Chair
…..Kitsune Karate
Guy Brodeur
…..Shotokan Canada
David Gimberline
…..Shotoryu Goshinjistu
Rick Hotton
…..Sunday Morning Keiko
Barry Power
…..Missouri Karate Association
Toru Shimoji
…..Jinsendo Karate
Steve Ubl
…..Independent Practitioner

Youth Fellowship

Ashley Ross, Chair
…..Kitsune Karate
Sarah Garcia
…..Kitsune Karate
Maggie Garrett
…..Jinsendo Karate
Margaret Glime
…..Yagi Karate
Emma Gough
…..Jinsendo Karate
Sean Huchzermeier
…..Missouri Karate Association
Yukino Nakamura
…..U of M Karate Club