The photo is 28 Chestnut Street possibly sometime before 1930. I believe it was the first Chinese restaurant in Quincy. On the third floor where we now have the dojo you can see tables. The bottom floor is a laundry mat. Thanks to Brian Sullivan for the photo.
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!
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.
Last Friday David and I had some fun producing kindling. Here’s a video of David demonstrating a thumb strike through a board.
CONGRATULATIONS is in order to 15 students from our group of affiliate dojo’s in Massachusetts who received promotion this past Sunday. On May 17 2009, ranks ranging from Shodan to Renshi / Rokudan were awarded to well deserving candidates. Scoring was notably on the high side for several, showing an exceptional responsibility for self training taken …a key factor in staying focused and making progress in a lifetime endeavor. Karate is not simply a goal of achievement .
All must be commended for A TON of hard work and self discipline. Improvement from the March pretest was significant across the board. Work is never done of course. There will be much to comment on when back on the dojo floors this week. However, it was a standard setting test, successful in many ways; Spirit was very, very high in all present … hard work was evident in all …concern for technique even had some long time students on edge who were truly desiring to show improvement (4 candidates for 6th Dan over 50 years old!). The testing Board was also again overwhelmed by contributing teachers, giving rise to my thought this group has come a long way in solidifying a family approach to passing along the oral tradition of Shohei Ryu, our many esteemed instructors at Okikukai in Okinawa and the legacy of Master Uechi.
All should be congratulated. Thank you to all the students from every dojo involved with this particular promotion for truly making teaching easy and the group of schools look great. Thank you to Gary as well for capturing one of the better post-promotion photo’s in a while, and for his hard work in putting together a video about Jack Summer’s lifetime of teaching (40 years since his Shodan Test!) that we all can’t wait to get a peak at!
-Billy G. / Quincy
Here’s a quote from okikukai.jp:
Jack Summers, Quincy Massachusetts USA Okikukai Promoted to 9th Dan. Summers Sensei met the stringent time qualification standards in November 2006. On January 28, 2007 the Okikukai Board of Promotions decided upon promoting Summers Sensei to 9th Dan as the first order of business at the board meeting in the New Year. It was unanimously approved. Congratulations Summers Sensei.