ALL KARATE CLASSES CANCELLED THURSDAY AS WELL!!!

Folks  …Our policy is dojo closes for snow when Quincy Public school does.  This has traditionally made it simple and avoids most miscommunications as we are not staffed during the daytime.

Quincy announced they will close again tomorrow.  So, we will be closed as well.

SEE EVERYBODY SATURDAY …EITHER ON THE FLOOR OR AT THE EVENING PARTY AT ALBA’S RESTAURANT!

新年会

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,

Tsutomu Nakahodo

Women Empowerment | FREE Women Self-Defense Seminar

The Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense System for Women

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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: instituteofcombativearts@gmail.com, or call (617) 657-4418

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…

 2014 TRAINING WITH THE MASTERS CAMP!!!

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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

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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.”

Osu!!!

-Billy G.