New Year’s Greeting,
To all of Okinawa Karate-Do association members of abroad.
I wish you a happy new year 2015.
Thank you for your continuous support.
I am looking forward to seeing my old karate friends as many as possible this year.
And seems to be able to meet new members too.
I hope we will continue to exchange our friendship for the sake of development of our association.
I wish you a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.
The President of Okikukai,
When: Saturday January 31st at 6:30 PM
Where: Alba restaurant on 1486 Hancock Street
Buffet Style Spread
Please RSVP with Billy G.
Look forward to seeing you all there!
With the holidays coming, would anyone be interested in fitness classes to burn off some calories?
The Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense System for Women
FREE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR
December 3, 2014
Techniques that can save your life
In response to an attack that took place in Quincy, MA, the Institute of Combative Arts is offering a free women’s self-defense seminar. This special 1-hour seminar is designed for first-time self-defense students and will teach participants critical techniques to address the following scenarios:
– How to break free from an attacker who grabs you without warning.
– How to avoid being taken to the ground by a determined attacker.
– How to escape from underneath an attacker pinning you to the ground.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6pm – 7pm
Details: Absolutely no experience is necessary. This seminar is designed for first-time students and is suitable for ages 13 and up (Note: girls under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Please wear comfortable workout attire.
Instructors: David Chan & Susie Melchionda
Cost: FREE but you must RSVP in advance to save your spot!
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (617) 657-4418
Hope everyone is having a great long weekend. See you all soon.
A BIG thank you goes out to Sensei’s Ed and Jeanie DeCosta, owners of the North Attleboro, MA Dojo for last week’s…
2014 TRAINING WITH THE MASTERS CAMP!!!
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.
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.
AUGUST 2014 OKIKUKAI CANDIDATES FROM THE U.S.A. – SENIOR PROMOTIONS to 8th / 7th / 6th Dan
Pointing at his colleague the venerable Master Nakahodo Sensei, Higa Sensei said that the training and promotional had been, “Excellent …he said so.”
This is a reminder, we are hosting a seminar. Senior ranked instructors from our association will be going over the Seisan and Sanseiryu bunkai along with Ryukyu kata. All brown belts and above are invited. Please drink plenty of water to hydrate the day before.
Institute of Okinawan Karate-Do
28 Chestnut Street
Quincy, MA 02169
WITH HEAVY HEARTS OUR DOJO REMEMBERS JOHN “JACK” V. SUMMERS. JACK PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 18, 2014 AFTER DEALING WITH VARIOUS AGE RELATED AILEMENTS THIS PAST YEAR. SENSEI WAS 87 YEARS OLD.
JACK SERVED IN THE MARINE CORP DURING WWII WHEN HE WAS YOUNG …FOUGHT AND WAS WOUNDED ON IWO JIMA …CAME BACK AND RAISED A FAMILY …WORKED UNTIL RETIREMENT IN THE LOCAL COURT SYSTEM …STUDIED AND TAUGHT IN THE LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL BOXING/MARTIAL ARTS COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY ALL OF HIS LIFE.
KARATE AND THE MARTIAL ARTS WAS NOT ALL, BUT CERTAINLY A HUGE PART OF JACK’S LIFE WORK. HOWEVER, THAT 60 OR MORE YEAR TIME SPAN ACTUALLY PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE NUMBER OF LESSONS IMPARTED TO HIS STUDENTS WHILE HE WAS ON THE FLOOR. JACK WAS A TEACHER OF MANY TEACHERS …AND RANKED AMONG THE FEW WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE HIGHEST HONOR OF HANSHI – 10TH DAN BY OKINAWA.
THOSE CLOSE TO HIM KNEW JACK NEVER REALLY TOOK TO BEING CALLED “SENSEI” PUBLICLY …BUT TO THOSE WHO STUDIED UNDER HIS TUTILAGE JACK WAS THAT TEACHER …OUR MENTOR AND PATRIARCH FIGURE …THE MAN …THE ALPHA DOG, AND ON. JACK’S QUIET, STERN MANNER OF FORMING A “WAY” INTO KARATEKA OF ALL AGES AND EXPERIENCES WILL BE MISSED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS.
MR. JOHN V. SUMMERS / “JACK”
…REMEMBERED FONDLY BY IOK/QUINCY (AND MANY, MANY OTHER DOJO AND KARATEKA AROUND THE WORLD).
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
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’
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.
Ed Decosta ‐ 9th Dan