Before I picked a martial art school, I went all over Seattle looking at all kinds of Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Aikido, and other Martial art schools. When I went and saw Sensei Minakami's school I knew it was very different. I knew it was the real deal. Joining the Minakami Karate Dojo was one of the best decisions of my life. I found important life lessons I could directly apply to make my life better. What I learned from Sensei Minakami has been more important to my life than my Graduate School years at the University of Washington. That was 35 years ago, and I have never regretted my decision. Sensei Minakami is world renown. The group they are associated with in Japan are world renown. So many martial art schools are so young these days that they lack insight to true martial art. Because of their lack of insight they end up teaching flash and fluff instead of substance. If you are looking for real martial arts handed down through Samurai families go to Minakami Karate Dojo.