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sensei maria evans


Sensei Maria Evans has trained in Martial Arts for over 57 years. Her primary instructor was O’Sensei Robert A. Trias in Phoenix Arizona. Now in Riverside California Sensei Maria Evans provides instruction in Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Meditation, Self Defense for Women, Acupressure, Energy Mobilization and other related healing arts. Shozen Martial arts incorporates knowledge Ancient cultures knew before our scientist in the 20th century were able to prove. Energy in the form of heat can be photographed and actually be seen leaving our bodies. Mostly from our hands, feet and the top of the head. Scientist have also proved that everything that exists has vibration. To demonstrate this it is best to use a volunteer. You may have to assure her that it will not hurt. She is instructed bends her knees, puts her strong hand out, presses her thumb and index finger together and place their other hand on top of their head. Another volunteer will try to pry her fingers apart. Its almost impossible. The first volunteer is then instructed to make her legs stiff and take her hand off her head. This time she must really try harder not to let anyone pull her fingers apart. This time her fingers come apart immediately and everyone is amazed The next task is to show them how to use this to their advantage. Another volunteer will comeout and grab your wrist as hard as possible. You pull at your hand and I run your other handwithout touching the body from her shoulder to her wrist. She feels the energy leave her and shecould not continue to hold youIn most self-defense courses they tell you not to yell for help because people will probably notreact. Fire! Fight! are always suggested.

You can show the difference between a scream and ayell by having them all scream at the same time Showing them how to execute a real Kia is really more effective and fun.The art of Kia is an underrated art. Beginning Kias are made fromprimal sounds. They generate a great deal of vibration and energy from our vocal cords. Oy-Yaaand Eee-Sahh are great Kias to start with. The first syllable increases energy and the secondsyllable expels energy. Three syllable Kias increase energy then expand and finally expels it.Your vocal cords make sound vibrations that if done correctly startle the opponent as if he wasstruck with a blow and incapacitates them for the seconds you need to get awayWhen you teach any self-defense move or introduce a weapon, magazine, umbrella or a piece ofhardwood from the hardware store, have them repeat the target areas with their knees bent and aKia at the end. Repeating the target area reinforces the body mind connection and makes it moreeffectiveEventually other female martial artist and I decided that we should create Self-defenseEducation Program for instructors that would include a clearly defined program with handouts,instructor materials, sample marketing, participant releases and other useful information.

Grandmaster Robert Trias


Robert A. Trias (1923-1989), known by some as “the father of Karate in America”, founded the first karate school in Arizona. He developed Shuri-ryu karate with its roots in the Okinawan tradition.

While serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Robert Trias was stationed in the Solomon Islands. There he met Tong Gee Hsing, a Chinsese missionary of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, who offered to teach Trias some martial arts in exchange for lessons in American boxing. Hsing became O’Sensei’s teacher and taught him Hsing-I, as well as some Okinawan karate, which Hsing had learned from Choki Motobu in Okinawa.

O’Sensei held a 6th dan black belt in Kodokan Judo and studied under Yju Yamada.

When Robert Trias left the Navy, he began teaching martial arts in his backyard in Phoenix, Arizona. Later he opened his first karate school in Phoenix. Robert Trias served as an officer of the Arizona State Highway Patrol for a number of years utilizing his self-defense knowledge.

Grandmaster Trias died in 1989 of cancer leaving the Shuri-ryu system to his daughter Dr. Roberta Trias-Kelley, inheritor and Menkyo Kaiden.

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