Advance Bunkai & Kata Seminar | July 13, 2014 at 9 AM

Hi Everyone,

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
U.S.A.

Website and Media Updates

Hi All,

David has been working hard on updating the IOK website and we have received some excellent input from senior instructors.  Please take a look around and let us know what you think.  All comments welcome!

For you social media fans we have Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

Thanks!

 

JACK V. SUMMERS

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.  

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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).

 

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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.

Thanks
Russ

Spring 2013 Promotional CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations are in order to IOK’s David Chan in achieving the rank of San Dan at our group’s recent Spring Promotional.  David performed extremely well as was expected and is a credit to the dojo.  Hard work in Uechi-Shohei system, as well as a constant effort to expand and improve his martial arts base is what makes David an outstanding karateka.   IOK is certainly glad to have him.

At this promotion, our board of affiliates were also blessed with the presence of Jack Summers who appeared in fine form.  Jack was sure to reminded us not to let pass by an opportunity for teachers to emphasize hip recovery in our students’ forms training.  Hip exchange is critical to maintaining center through movement.  We are all wise to keep in mind that allowing training tools that assist in developing this habit to go under utilized can lead to an atrophy of this very basic concept in our karate.   It is easy to allow bad habits to creep in.

Congratulations to all the other candidates who were promoted from other dojos.   Thank you as usual to all participating partners and board members who helped out fir the day.  Some cool pictures of the group.

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