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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. We can use our voices to generate vibrations at a certain frequency. These frequencies resonates in a way that the opponent feels as if he was struck with a blow and momentarily incapacitates them. Giving the defender the time needed to get away. Our self-defense program is particularly unique, as Sensei Evans has created a program specifically designed to help the specific circumstances women are faced with in their everyday lives. We believe in empowering our students with the knowledge to protect themselves, no matter the situation.


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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