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About Charles Water Karate & Fitness

At Charles Water Karate & Fitness  you will learn our proven Black Belt Success System. We are dedicated to providing our members with elite martial arts instruction. We are also committed to helping you develop the attitudes and behaviors required to reach BLACK BELT EXCELLENCE - in all areas of life. Our goal is for all our students to become focused, self-disciplined and confident individuals who have the utmost respect for themselves and others.

Master Charles WaterAs a child... like many children, Charles Water always wanted to slay the dragon. After all isn’t that what fairy tales and dreams are all about a kid growing up wanting to be Superman. Superman by making a difference and impacting lives gave him hope that the world could be a better place.

Another famous character on television, Kwai Chang Caine of the Kung Fu series was the continuation of his Master Water’s - Superman saga. While Kwan Jang Nim Water did not see himself walking through the land and eating herbs, he loved his philosophy of peace through strength. Cain the martial art super hero was a passive loving person always avoiding confrontation at all costs. But when forced to fight, he fought to win. He, as well, wanted to make the world a better place.

Kwan Jang Nim Water traveled from job to job city to city across the country. His jobs varied from delivering the Detroit News at the age of eight, to running a high fashion shoe and clothing boutique for Charles Jourdan in his thirties. As you see he was the typical Sagittarius; always aiming for the sky, never knowing or caring where his arrows would hit or end up. During that time he always tried to make the world a better place and make a difference working to impact people’s lives.

He transferred to Short Hills New Jersey in 1980 to open a Charles Jourdan store in the Short Hills Mall. He was living in a Howard Johnsons, working 20 hours a day, picking up McDonalds on the way from work to the hotel and passing out on the couch in his work clothes after feasting. He was a total wreck. He always prided himself on being an athlete. Historically he jogged, threw the Frisbee, and practiced yoga. Yet while working he had no time for any exercise.

Day after day he always wondered if he was in the right business. He lacked passion for selling shoes and managing a shoe store. Without a lot of direction in college and now working for a living, he believed this was expected of him. Not knowing any better he never thought it was ok to be confused about the direction of his life. So he just kept on going, yet, in order to motivate the team that worked with him he preached that they should always do what they loved doing for a living instead of just going through the motions.

During his drives back and forth between the Mall and the hotel he always passed a karate studio located on Mountain Ave. in Springfield. While he had been mentally involved with martial arts since the 1960's and had negative physical experiences with martial art programs he decided to stop in one day and knocked on the office door. He was not quite sure why. The studio was quiet. A young lady opened the door and they spoke of martial arts. She stated that the Master was not in but gave him magazines to read about the karate style. He went to the hotel room and gobbled up the magazines. He loved what he read. He loved Grandmaster Hwang Kee’s philosophy of avoiding conflict. He was enthralled by his concepts of furthering human development in the US using the oriental concepts of weh gung, neh gung, and shim gung. Grandmaster spoke of Pyong Ahn a beautiful philosophy of peaceful confidence. The Grandmaster had hope for a better world.

Kwan Jang Nim Water stopped in the next day to meet the Master. Once in the studio, he heard a lot of yelling and screaming coming from behind what was obviously a door to the karate studio. He knocked on this door with no answer. He started banging on the door and finally a sweating, somewhat annoyed oriental man thrust opens the door and almost knocked him over. He looked at this sweaty man; he then looked at the magazine cover in his hand. This went on for a uncomfortably short time. Kwan Jang Nim Water said, “You are the Grandmaster!” His face softened and he stated, “No that is my father. My name is Master Hwang.” Charles Water told him that he was interested in karate. The master stopped what he was doing and they spoke in his office for an hour. Charles Water was impressed that he made him feel like he was giving a one on one appointment. He made him feel important. He had never met such a calm yet strong person before. Mr. Water then signed up for three private lessons and loved each one.

Master Charles Water

The first time he took a group class he was excited and nervous at the same time. Yet, something inside of him told me that he was home. What struck him was how the Black Belt teachers were so in control of their minds and bodies and how everyone looked up to them with respect and awe. They were disciplined, focused and powerful with a resemblance of Superman. He felt elated and joyful for the first time in his life! It was that day that he decided not only to be a Black Belt but have his own studio and karate business. This decision was not made lightly. Mr. Water, at that time, had an incredible future in the high fashion women’s retail business having already turning down many promotions and potential relocation in order to stay and train in the martial arts.

Kwan Jang Nim Water as we know him now, successfully tested for his 1st degree Black Belt in April of 1985; 2nd Dan in November 1987; 3rd Dan in April 1991; 4th Dan in November 1995; 5th Dan in June 2000. He opened his karate studio on August 6th, 1986 in a little store located in Long Island, New York. Which is now a comic book store, was quickly outgrown by the numbers of students wishing to be impacted by him and his organization. He received his Kyo Sa, instructors certification in December of 1987 and received his Master Instructors certification in November of 1995.

While Kwan Jang Nim Water and his studio are no longer affiliated with any organization, his personal dreams of impacting the world go on. His new system is called the Moo Tao Tseung which stands for "Martial Way", "Victory" or as many around the world know it, the “Black Belt Success System." This system is based on results – these results are based on student’s decisions, not the memorization of numbers or standardized techniques.

A word from Mr. Charles Water...

Now, in America, people need help more than ever before. In two-parent families, where moms and dads are working harder than ever to make ends meet, sadly, moms are not able to be at home anymore when their kids get off the bus. The divorce rate has risen to a staggering 51%! There are more one-parent households now than ever in the history of our nation. The cut back in Physical Education classes in schools has led to epidemic levels of childhood obesity.

Parents have been turning to Charles Water Karate and Fitness, where we offer help and hope. They bring in their children, stressed out from homework and an overwhelming pressure to excel, and we help them cope, overcome and excel. Adults come to us discouraged and unmotivated from the stresses of life, and we help them recapture the vibrance and energy of their youth.

The good news is, any opportunity Kwan Jang Nim Water gets to raise people’s consciousness levels makes him feel like Superman. One could say that Charles Water Karate & Fitness embodies the Superman philosophy - and you too can experience this! We have transformed many lives, and continue to do so, day after day, week after week, and year after year.

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