About Us

Our karate club, "Hayabusa Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo," is a place where bridging the present with tradition is the central aspect of our activities. Our primary goal is to promote and practice authentic Okinawa Karate, with a particular focus on the Shorin Ryu style.

We achieve this vision through:

Intellectual and Physical Development: Our top priority is perfecting karate techniques while simultaneously shaping the character of our students. The training process at Hayabusa goes beyond combat, encompassing discipline, respect, and humility.

Self-Defense: We educate in practical self-defense techniques that empower our students to build and maintain self-confidence in various situations.

Okinawan Cultural Heritage: We hold great dedication to Okinawan culture. Learning karate and kobudo (weapon-based martial art) are integral parts of our program.

Our classes are regularly led by experienced instructors. The training hall (dojo) is equipped with the necessary gear and tatami mats. We welcome individuals of all ages and levels of experience to begin or continue their training under the guidance of our coaches.

At "Hayabusa" Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club, we have successfully integrated tradition with modernity, creating an inspiring atmosphere where everyone has the opportunity to develop their skills as a karateka and as an individual.

We encourage you to join our community to discover the beauty and effectiveness of Okinawa Karate.

Jarosław Liszewski

I am a passionate practitioner of Okinawa Karate, an entrepreneur, and a programmer. I am also a huge animal lover. Currently, I am accompanied in my daily life by two beautiful cats named Lilka and Soba. I enjoy traveling, reading good literature, and relaxing with friends. I hold a 3rd-degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu karate and I’m an instructor.

Privately, I am a real lucky guy, as I get to go through life with my partner Agnieszka Nowak.

My journey with karate began around 1996 in Wołomin, where I trained under the watchful eye of Sensei Dariusz Drabiuk. Right from the start, I fell in love with this martial art. Shortly afterward, Sensei Grzegorz Jarząbek took over the club, under whose guidance I trained for approximately 18-20 years, with breaks. If my memory serves me correctly, I was the first person trained by Sensei Grzegorz Jarząbek to achieve a black belt at that time.

In the meantime, I have managed to win medals at the Polish Championships in kumite and kata several times. However, I must emphasize that from the very beginning, I treated karate as something much more than just a sport. This thought continues to be a tremendous motivation for me to this day.

The period of training also gave me the opportunity to explore other martial arts and combat sports, always looking at them through the lens of karate. I sought similarities and differences, analyzing of karate tactics and techniques in in relation to other disciplines. In meantime, I trained MMA, Muay Thai, Wing Tsun, BJJ, wrestling, and even kendo. While respecting other approaches to training, my appreciation to the methods and aspects beyond physical training of Shorin-Ryu karate grew. The training cycles of each discipline lasted between 4 and 12 months.

Although I never had enough time to delve deeply into each of these fields, I greatly appreciate the fact that I had the opportunity to get closer to their history and principles.

This experience solidified my belief that karate can be not only an excellent form of physical activity but also positively influence people both physically and psychologically. It also serves as an extremely valuable alternative to other sports and martial arts. Of course, it is essential to keep in mind the importance of commitment to training, understanding karate methodology as a martial art and self-defense system, proper physical preparation, training strikes on makiwara and heavy bags, practicing "hardening KITAE KATA" techniques, intense sparring training in the dojo, and developing psychological aspects in combat.

In my training, I closely adhere to the words of Sensei Chibana, which go as follows:

 "In the old days we trained at karate as a martial art, but now they train at karate as a gymnastic sport. I think we must avoid treating karate as a sport - it must be a martial art at all times! Your fingers and the tips of your toes must be like arrows, your arms must be like iron. You have to think that if you kick, you try to kick the enemy dead. If you punch, you must thrust to kill. If you strike, then you strike to kill the enemy. This is the spirit you need in order to progress in your training"

However, all of this should always be done while respecting the dignity and safety of the other person, especially our training partner. Here, I can also recall the words of Sokon Matsumura: 

"A karate master must restrain from violence. They must seek peace among people while also helping to increase their spiritual wealth. A master must have confidence in their skills. Peace in the heart and goodness are the noble qualities of a karate master. You must keep this last principle in mind while practicing karate at all times."

Agnieszka Nowak

My journey with karate began twenty years ago and continued intermittently to this day. As a young student, I was fortunate to cross paths with Sensei Jerzy Chrzanowski, who allowed me to start training as part of the university's PE classes. Later, our paths diverged, and I continued to delve into the secrets of karate under the guidance of Sensei Grzegorz Jarząbek. From childhood, I enjoyed physical activity, and having older brothers who were fascinated by Bruce Lee, I wanted to have skills like his. Today, I know that Bruce Lee had nothing to do with karate, but thanks to him, I always wanted to try martial arts. As a funny anecdote, it's worth mentioning that in elementary school, I had a fighting spirit, especially when it came to conflicts with boys, which earned me the nickname "Walker." Those who are familiar with the actor Chuck Norris know what it means.

Professionally, I have been a nurse for 17 years. Currently, I work with oncology patients in one of the Warsaw hospitals.

As for my private life, I am in a relationship with Jarosław Liszewski, who motivates me and believes in me like no one else.

Thanks to karate, I am stronger not only physically but also mentally. I am constantly learning how to improve what I already know. Moreover, it is an excellent way to relieve mental tension and stress, which are not lacking in my work.

Karate teaches respect for oneself and others. What's wonderful is that you can study this martial art for a lifetime, and on top of that, you can begin training at any age.