Everyday is An Opportunity

One important result is an increase in confidence and awareness of one’s environment that allows people to cut through the fears we face every day. “It’s all about life,” Shihan Graves says. “You really want to be in awe every day and aware every day and at the point where you say, ‘Here I am and I’m going to live my life.” “We’re not really thinking that, as you turn the corner, you’re going to get mugged. But whether it’s fear of a shark attack or fear of being late to work, it’s still fear. Martial arts is all about that word confidence because you’re always tasking with that world around you.”

Martial arts training also give students a better perspective on cause and effect. “In martial arts, you must have a chess-like mind. Things are going to lead to other things,” he says.“Actions have consequences, and we’re responsible for our actions. We’re going to understand that focus.” Such lessons can have an especially big impact on children, especially those with issues like attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism. “Their focus improves because they know actions have consequences. It’s immediately known and immediately gratifying”. “And, there’s just so much more we can offer to the world with [martial arts] training.

  • Matsumura Sōkon was one of the original karate masters of Okinawa
  • Higaonna Kanryō, also known as Higashionna West, was a Ryukyuan martial artist who founded a fighting style known at the time as Naha-te
  • Chōjun Miyagi was an Okinawan martial artist who founded the Gōjū-ryū school of karate by blending Okinawan and Chinese influences
  • Dr.Sumihiko Funatsu (Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan), (Mahato-Kai) founding president of the 10th. Dr. Dan Sumihiko Funatsu
  • Dr. Noriyuki Tamesue (Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan), (Mahato-Kai) grand master of Mahato Karate Association
  • Jerry F. Barbar Shihan Mahato Karate Association USA
  • Michael Ray Graves Menkyo Kaiden Shihan Mahato Karate Association USA

Chojun Miyagi (宮城 長順) was born on April 25th, 1888; which was about 10 years after the end of the Satsuma occupation of Okinawa. He grew up in Higashimachi, Naha, Okinawa. At a young age he witnessed an assailant being captured by a man who, in comparison to the trouble maker, seemed deceptively frail. The man’s name was Ryuko Arakaki. Young Miyagi followed Arakaki to seek his tutelage in combat knowledge. It was with Arakaki that Chojun Miyagi strengthened his body using the old Okinawan implements of Nigiri Game, Chishi, etc… Two years later, Arakaki formally introduced Miyagi to *Kanryo Higaonna.

Among Miyagi’s peers were Juhatsu Kyoda, Jinan Shinzato, and Seiko Higa. At this time, Karate was still practiced in secrecy.* Higaonna trained and taught in the city of Naha while his contemporary, Anko Itosu, made a name for himself in Shuri. In time Miyagi developed and grew into a respected martial artist. When Higaonna had fallen ill, he was, unfortunately, living in solitude since the passing of his wife. Miyagi took him in and took final hospice care of his Sensei. After Higaonna’s passing, Miyagi’s passion to continue learning led him to China to follow in the footsteps of his teacher. Upon his return, he waited for several years before teaching.

  • class-list-img
    Mahato Karate Shuri-te Shaolin Adult & Juniors Class

    Our system is known for its fast and powerful techniques:
    Aki Jutsu (joint locking),
    Kyusho Jutsu (pressure point hitting) which is taught to higher-ranking Yudansha (black belt).
    Kobudo –– Weapons based training
    Iai-do – Kenjutsu – Samurai Sword training.
    Shuri-te / Shaolin Karate-do
    Start your martial art journey to earn your Black Belt at a world recognized dojo.

    Our Age Appropriate Beginner Programs empower the students ability to learn and develop new skills

  • class-list-img
    Small Samurai Kidini Karate Bully Prevention & Child Safety

    This is our age-appropriate Karate programs for pre-school kids to Pre-teens ages 3 to 12.

    The emphasis is on self-discipline and empowering self-confidence taught in traditional martial arts class setting. Teaching the core martial art skills necessary to advance to a world-recognized Black Belt.

    Implementing Safe, Fun, and Exciting Martial Art challenges to help keep the students motivated to come to class.”

  • class-list-img
    Kobu Power Training

    The workout that could save your life. Your workout is your self-defense training and your self-defense training is your workout KoBu Power has resistance-based Samurai cardio-kickboxing moves that sculpt the body and will burn more calories than most kickboxing fitness classes.

    KoBu’s weighted resistance training will achieve firm and tone muscles. Scientific studies indicate that cardio-strength training helps increase metabolism that will promote the shrinkage of fat cells even when not exercising.

  • class-list-img
    Karatebox Kickboxing Workout

    Karate Box – Shihan Graves’ techniques employ ancient martial arts methods and offer a safe, fun, and effective workout. Music enhances the kicking and punching training exercises while helping participants to maintain balance and pace.

    The program begins with a ten-minute instructional session featuring warm-up exercises, power stretching, six different punches, basic kicks, punching and kicking combinations, breathing, and kata. Following the introduction, Graves leads participants through the 40-minute Karate Box workout. The program requires no equipment and is suitable for beginners.

Learn Once Practice One Thousand

Practice One Thousand To Do Once

Building every student’s confidence and character through the training of Body, Mind, and Spirit to ultimately achieve peace and harmony. Shihan Michael Graves, owner and head trainer of Mahato Karate in Wilmington, has a saying to emphasize the need for dedicated practice: “Learn once, practice 1,000 times. Practice 1,000 times to do once.” In other words, while the practical need for martial arts techniques may never present itself, once a person’s execution of those techniques is improved and eventually mastered, the benefits on and off the mat are manifold.

  • img
  • img


Michael Graves

  • 7th Degree Black Belt
  • Menkyo Kaiden
  • Shihan of The Mahato Karate Association
  • Coach of the Delaware Olympic Karate Team
  • Inducted into The USA Karate Hall of Fame
  • Action Martial Arts Magazine Teacher Hall of Fame
  • Former Captain of the USA Karate Team
  • 10 Time International Karate Medalist
  • Founder of Karate Box Aerobics
  • Founder of KoBu Power
  • Co-Creator of Kidini

Implementing Safe, Fun, and Exciting Martial Art challenges to help keep the students motivated to come to class.

  • partners-img
  • partners-img
  • partners-img
  • partners-img