Archives August 2015

Doshi Kai: November 1, 2015

Martial Arts Doshi Kai Training Session

 

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Location:

Excelsior Ni Martial Arts

2960 RT 94 Suite 202
Blooming Grove, NY 10914
Phone: (845) 496-9025

Cost: Members $40.00 • Non-Members $60.00

Hosted by Sensei Nestor Ramos. Kata, Kata Bunkai, and Yamane Kobudo will be covered at this Doshi Kai. Please bring your own Bo.

For more information, please contact Sensei Jerry Figgiani:

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Doshi Kai: August 15, 2015

Martial Arts Doshi Kai Training Session

 

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Location:

Shorin Ryu Karatedo International Headquarters
161 Middle Country Rd.
Middle Island, NY 11953

Cost: Members $40.00 • Non-Members $60.00

For more information, please contact Sensei Jerry Figgiani:

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Tamaki Sensei Named SRKDI Technical Director

Tamaki Sensei Teaching in the Tokashiki Dojo

Tamaki Sensei Teaching in the Tokashiki Dojo

It is a great honor to announce that Tamaki Sensei is now the official Technical Director of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International. Sensei brings amazing skills, knowledge, and history to the organization. Tamaki Sensei is the most senior student to come out of the Nagamine Dojo, and I look forward to working with him in the near future.

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Sensei Figgiani Receives 8th Dan Certificate

    Sensei Jerry Figgiani Receiving 8th Dan Certificate from Sensei Takeshi Tamaki

Sensei Jerry Figgiani Receiving 8th Dan Certificate from Sensei Takeshi Tamaki

On July 12, 2015, I was truly honored to receive an 8th Dan certificate from Takeshi Tamaki Sensei in Okinawa. This is definitely one of the highlights in my martial arts career.This honor culminated a week of training at the Tokashiki Dojo, in which we explored kihon, various kata, bo basics, and bo kata.

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SRKDI Yudansha Train in Okinawa

taba sensei home

SRKDI Yudansha at Taba Sensei’s Home

Under the leadership of Sensei Jerry Figgiani, SRKDI yudansha traveled to Okinawa in July 2015, where they visited many cultural sites and trained in the Tokashiki Dojo. This weeklong Shorin Ryu adventure included visits to such historical sites as Shurijo Castle, Nakagusuku Castle, and two Peace Memorial Parks honoring the brave military and civilian souls lost during WWII and celebrating worldwide peace. On the first day of the adventure, SRKDI members had the distinct honor of paying respects to the late Taba Sensei by burning incense at his family shrine and visiting his gravesite. These memories will last a lifetime!

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At Surijo Castle

The training was mind blowing. After site seeing, the yudansha bused over to the Tokashiki Dojo to train under Senseis Tamaki and Tokashiki. Each day involved several hours of hard training, focusing on specific training goals: kihon, basic and advanced kata, bo kihon, and bo kata. Each yudansha entered the dojo with great anticipation, and each left exhausted yet exhilarated, filled with new knowledge to inform their training upon returning home. Training in Okinawa under the highest-ranking Shorin Ryu senseis is an experience that cannot be accurately described in words. It must be experienced individually.

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Kata Training in the Tokashiki Dojo

The trip culminated in a form of karate gift-giving in which each practitioner offered the gift of kata, performing his or her favorite kata before the whole assembly. Then, the SRKDI yudansha were presented with his or her own dan rank certificate from Sensei Takeshi Tamaki, and it was announced that Tamaki Sensei is now the official Technical Director for SRKDI. What an honor and a privilege to be guided by the most senior student to come out of the Nagamine Dojo.

All SRKDI member yudansha have the opportunity to train in Okinawa at the Tokashiki Dojo and to receive a cross-rank certificate from Tamaki Sensei. For more information, please contact Sensei Jerry Figgiani.

Post reporting by Sensei David S. Hogsette.

 

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