Kaizenkan / Raleigh Karate and Kobudo is the dojo of Renshi Adam Cave

Renshi Cave was given the dojo name "Kaizenkan" by Kyoshi Gary Shull.  

Kaizen – Relentless pursuit of unattainable perfection          Kan – Hall

A Taika Oyata (1930-2012) Legacy Dojo

Adam Cave teaches the classical Okinawan karate of the late Taika Seiyu Oyata (1928-2012).  This in-depth approach to learning life-protection techniques centers around the analysis of ancient kata and body mechanics. We welcome beginners as well as advanced martial artists from all styles. Classes are for adults only and class size is limited to allow for significant personal training with each student.

Aspects of the art:

  • Kata:  A specific pattern of movements that form the foundation for technique
  • Kihon: Exercises to develop instinctively correct protection movement as well as improved body mechanics
  • Tuite:  Joint manipulation / locks
  • Kyusho:  Pressure point strikes that occur during technique
  • Kobudo – Ancient weapons
Taika preferred the term Life Protection Art to that of Martial Art. Life Protection signifies that we protect the life of family, friends, and anyone being threatened. The practice of Life Protection also protects those that are intent on harming others. Taika’s Art is a a way to help make the world a better place.

Instructor/Owner – Adam Cave, Renshi, 5th Dan

Senior Member of Zensekai Karate Kobujitsu RenMei and Oyakata Kobujitsu.

Adam Cave began his martial arts training thirty years ago while at Connecticut College. What started out as a fun addition to other athletic pursuits soon became a life-long passion. Adam initially studied traditional Taekwon-do (he holds a second degree black belt in this style) as well as Okinawan kobudo. However, in the late 90’s, at the urging of his sensei Sherri Lesch, he  became a lifetime student of Taika Seiyu Oyata (1928-2012). He has had the privilege to study not only with Taika but with many of Taika’s top students including Sensei Tim Blake, Kyoshi Gary Shull, the late Tasshi Jim Logue, and the current lineage holder of Taika’s art, Hanshi Greg Lindquist.

Dojo / Class Information

Class Times:

  • Monday & Wednesday mornings  – 7:15-8:45 am
  • Friday afternoons – 4:30-6:00 pm

Typical class:

  • Stances, punches, blocks, kicks, and movement exercises
  • kata (forms) training
  • Demonstration of a particular topic or technique
  • Train the topic or technique

Additional types of training:

  • Pad work to develop strong, relaxed technique
  • Traditional Okinawan Weapons kata and application

Learning structure:

Currently, classes are relatively small and casual allowing for a lot of personal instruction. Questions are encouraged and exercises are structured so that everyone can work together but at different levels based on experience.

Kobudo Woodcraft

In addition to teaching and practicing karate and kobudjitsu, Adam Cave also makes unique hand-crafted wooden weapons for martial arts. Adam is know for bo, jo, tanbo and others that incorporate laminated designs and a variety of Exotic and American hardwoods, all strong enough to stand up to contact.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact Adam for special orders and sets.

Raleigh Karate & Kobudo

Contact / Information

Kaizenkan / Raleigh Karate & Kobudo
Renshi Adam Cave

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Raleigh, NC