The World Kanreikai Karate organization, with its Headquarters in Danbury CT, was founded by Hanshi Manny Matias, 8th dan, in July of 2004. The New York City Kanreikai dojo is led by Shihan Jose Cotton, 6th dan. Kanreikai Karate is a full contact style, but classes are structured so that students of all levels and abilities are able to train safely. Whatever one’s initial level of fitness or previous experience, the training will enable one to gain strength, speed, flexibility and stamina. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, students are taught karate basics and forms as well as the elements of fighting : combinations of punches and kicks, footwork, defensive moves and strategy. As students move up through the ranks, they are challenged to keep reaching beyond their limits.