January 26th, 2015  – MONDAY Please be advised that due to the pending storm beginning late this afternoon, the IOK dojo is closed.  All classes are cancelled until Thursday January 29th.  Stay safe and warm! Best, -Billy G. IOK


Fitness Class Anyone?

With the holidays coming, would anyone be interested in fitness classes to burn off some calories?

TRAINING WITH THE MASTERS …Senior Promotional in N. Attleboro, MA

A BIG thank you goes out to Sensei’s Ed and Jeanie DeCosta, owners of the North Attleboro, MA Dojo for last week’s…


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Okikukai Senior Officers and 10th Dan Masters Sensei Nakahodo and Sensei Higa presided as the consummate gentlemen our organization has come to treasure.   These two octogenarian Masters are truly special teachers.  We cannot thank them enough for exhausting themselves each day trying to better every karateka in attendance.


The additional presence of Okinawa’s reigning three-time All Okinawa Kata Champion,  Asao Nakasone was a special treat.   Asaosan (5 Dan) offered fantastic contributions to a great week of karate.  Further attesting to Asao’s character, the Kata Champ was very helpful and humble.  And, was even overheard saying his coming in third place in the All Okinawa Kumite Competition also was “Lucky!”


Capping off the week, the DeCosta’s escorted the official Okikukai contingency to Jack Summers gravesite, where Okinawa presented a ceremonial Certificate of Appreciation to Jack’s wife Claire Summers.  This tribute to the decades Jack worked to promote Uechi- Shohei Ryu Karate and the Okinawa culture in this region of the world was a heartfelt and significant gesture, authentically in the honorable warrior spirit of karate family.

Presentation to Claire

Of course CONGRATULATIONS to all the senior rank candidates who promoted.  This was the best test I can recall participating in.   High calibre karateka travelled not just from New England, but from far and wide, California, Canada, Pennsylvania and others.  There was “much sweat left on the floor” during the week.  As the week was a relatively abbreviated preparation with our Okinawa Seniors, all will attest to a feeling of extra pressure having to improve and rise to the occasion in front of such gracious teachers among a strong group of candidates.

Mike                                      Russ



Pointing at his colleague the venerable Master Nakahodo Sensei, Higa Sensei said that the training and promotional had been, “Excellent  …he said so.”


-Billy G.

Training Seminar with Nakahodo, Higa & Nakasone

Dear Karateka,

The Okinawan Karate Dojo is pleased to announce hosting of a training camp for all practitioners of Shohei‐Ryu and Uechi‐Ryu on August 4 through 9, 2014, in celebration of the dojo’s 40 th  anniversary.  We are excited to announce that Master Tsutomu Nakahodo, 10th  dan Hanshi and council member of Okikukai, Master Toshio Higa, 10th  dan Hanshi and the President of Okikukai, and Asao Nakasone, 4th  dan, kata champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012 of the Okikukai World Championship and secretary general of Okikukai Chatan dojo, are the special invitees.

DeCosta sensei recently traveled to Okinawa, Japan, where he was promoted to 9th dan by his sensei, Master Nakahodo, and Master Higa.  DeCosta has been studying karate for over 50 years and is a member of the Okikukai Association and the Uechi‐Ryu Association.

The training seminars will be held at two locations in North Attleboro, Massachusetts:
Main dojo ‐ 24 North Washington Street
Freemason Lodge  ‐ 46 South Washington Street

Morning Classes:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday ‐ 10:30am to Noon at the main dojo
* Limited to first 25 sign‐ups received and is only available to attendees selecting
‘All Evening Sessions’

Evening Classes:
Monday through Friday ‐ 6:30pm to 8:30 pm at the Freemason Lodge

A dan test for 6th dan and above will be held Saturday, August 9, and farewell banquet will follow.  Further information will be forthcoming on these two events.

Prices and class training sessions are listed on the application form.  Please register early as space is limited.

Domo Arigato,

Ed Decosta ‐ 9th Dan

IOK Open Workout on Nov 3 at 9AM

Hello to all,

On November 3rd at IOK we are having an open workout starting at 9 AM.  Several instructors from other dojo’s will be attending. We are going to go through kata, bunkai, point sparring, foot sweeps etc…

We are planning on small sessions in order to cover several items.  Brown belts and above are invited.  Hope to see you all there.  If anyone notices missing names, please spread the word.


3rd Thursday of the Month – Advanced Classes (sparring, pad work, footwork, takedown defense, cardio)

I will be teaching every third Thursday night of the month (advanced class), starting on Thursday, 2/21/13 (7:00-8:30 PM).  The class will be a lighter version of my Sunday class.  Please bring gloves (boxing gloves are preferred), shin pads, mouth piece, and cup.  The class is very safe (and fun) and you don’t have to spar if you don’t want to.

You will find that most of what we do is rooted in Uechi Ryu karate.

You can go at your own pace and watch parts that you don’t want to participate in. As we progress with the class we can customize it to the needs of specific requests. Please let me know if there are any areas that you are interested in exploring.

The following is a representation of the class curriculum:

1.       Warm up: light exercises for 10 minutes ( could be cardio kata or other drills)

2.       Partner work outs (bag work, kicking drills, combination drills, foot work drills, trigger drills, etc): 15 minutes

3.       Pad work: 30 minutes

4.       Pummeling, sticky hands, ground defense or take down defense (15 minutes)

5.       Light sparing (15 minutes) (20%)

6.       Stretching (5 minutes)

I am hoping to have a lot of fun with the class and I look forward to working with everyone.

– Michael A DeGiso