Archives September 2015

Friendship Training Weekend

For the weekend of September 18-20, the World Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (WSKF) invited Sensei Jerry Figgiani to participate in a Kuro Obi Kai weekend (an advanced training session for 3rd Dan and above). Kyoshi Jeff Leistner and his wife Sensei Chris Leistner hosted this event at the Troy, Ohio, dojo. Sensei Figgiani was first inducted into the Kuro Obi Kai back in 1989. Traveling along with Sensei Figgiani were Sensei Kaufman, Sensei Borreca, and Sensei Barrett. Hanshi Frank Grant oversaw this training event.

The martial arts relationship and personal friendship between Hanshi Frank Grant and Sensei Jerry Figgiani itself has a rich history. Sensei Figgiani first met Hanshi Grant in Tipp City, Ohio, at the United States Shorin Ryu Nationals hosted by Hanshi Grant in 1988, and later that year, Hanshi Grant awarded Sensei Figgiani his Shodan rank in Matsubayashi-ryu.

This weekend of training strengthened this relationship and formed a bond between the WSKF and SRKDI to cooperate in strengthening and promoting Matsubayashi-ryu for the good of the style and the betterment of its practitioners. We look forward to a bright future of collaboration between the members and dojos of these two organizations, as we work together to promote and build the vision and values of Matsubayashi-ryu created by Master Shoshin Nagamine.


Winter Haven Budokai Championship

Winter Haven Budokai Karate Do Championship

Hosted by Juan Queris Sensei

Date: October 10, 2015


Registration begins: 8:30am

Tournament begins: 10:00am


The Vanguard School
22000 Highway 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859


Competitor (Kata and Kumite)

$50 for one event
$60 for both events

Spectator Fee: $5 (children 5 yrs old and under enter free)

Contact Info:

 Winter Haven Budokai
6284 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33884
High Pointe Center

Dojo: 863-269-8308
Cell: 863-968-3188


Sensei Figgiani Workshop in Ireland –Nov 14-15

Workshops taught by Sensei Jerry Figgiani, 8th Dan and Founder/President of SRKDI


November 14-15, 2015

Training times:

Saturday 14th, 10am – 12. Seniors.
4pm – 6pm. Seniors

Sunday 15th, 12 – 1pm – Children’s class.
3pm – 5pm – Senior’s.


St. Mary’s Karate Club
St. Mary’s Hall
Northgate Street
Athlone, Ireland, UK

In conjunction with Matsubayashi Ireland.

For more information on this seminar, please contact Sensei Figgiani:

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