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

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Kampai!!!

Just a reminder not to miss IOK’s in house celebration of Jackie and Bruce’s recent promotions.  Class will be closed at 8:00 PM sharp tomorrow evening, when we’ll gather downstairs at Sully’s for some R&R time.

This fall so far has been a comparatively busy one for advanced ranks.  The visit by Takisan and Higasan hosted by Mark and Connie Flynn was brief but inspirational.  A small handful of very senior instructor students received the ceremonial promotions of 7th Dan.  And, the group was led by our own Chief Jackie ‘Mr. Patience’ Dowd receiving his 8th as Hanshidan.  Ranks of this level are rarely something we get to see in the States.  It is if nothing else a testament to the staying power of quality traditional dojo’s and the instructors who lead them.  It has been reflected that no one should feel ready for a Dan test who has not experienced a few of Jackie’s classes.  We joke with him about his delivery, but he has the memory of an elephant and a heart of the same size.  You may not know it when he’s pushing your limits mentally and physically, but Jackie wants to help people become really good.  If you listen you will learn an awful lot.

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Higa & Takamiyagi in September

I first heard about this via Sensei Russ.  Here’s a quote from the Pittsfield dojo’s website.

Its official, we (Okinawan Karate School) will be hosting a visit from Senseis Toshio Higa (9th Dan) and Shigeru Takamiyagi (10th Dan) in September. They will providing seminars on Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30. More information to follow soon!

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