Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UIKA Pictures !

Dojo Family:

Here are a few pictures of the UIKA Symposium.  I'll add more as we get them in from the many photographers.

 Sensei Holloway receiving his Ku Dan promotion.
 Sensei John Bartusevics, Sensei John Ingram, and Sensei Dan Holloway with Ku Dan certificates!  A hearty CONGRATULATIONS came from Sensei Mitchum!
 Our UIKA kids participants, an outstanding group to work with!
Our participating directors for 2014, (L-R) Cindy Ingram, Dan Holloway, John Bartusevics, and John Ingram.  We missed Sensei Mitchum, but know that we will see him at the next gathering.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Updates and News for August !!

Dojo Family:

I spoke with Sensei Mithcum on 8/17/14.  He was doing well and sad that he could not attend the UIKA meeting.  He wanted to congratulate the people that were promoted and said "well deserved" to everyone. We conference called him and he missed everyone, but was hopeful he would get his health issues settled and be back in attendance soon.   He sounded good and I think with his doctors and medications re-aligned he will be strong as ever.

The UIKA symposium went well, most of the students were well acquainted withe the katas and we went through them as a refresher.  One thing embraced by the organization is constant checking of kata to insure that we do not deviate from how Sensei Mitchum was taught by Master Shimabuku.  The senior Dans are checked by Sensei Mitchum and in his absence Sensei John Bartusevics gave us all a look.  Additionally, we take a look at all Yudansha over 5th degree to insure consistency in kata and basics.  This provides another set of eyes so the higher Dans have good quality.  We also worked on both fundamental bunkai and advanced applications.  Something always stressed during the symposium is not to change the katas.  Application of technique comes after proficiency in the movement.

I want to say thank you to the UIKA hosts Brian and Lisa Ash for providing a great atmosphere for training and then wonderful times to decompress and enjoy "Big Sky Country".  We always make a lot of good memories!

Congratulations to Steve Kennman for his elevation to 5th Dan, to John Ingram and John Bartusevics for their promotion to 9th Dan.  I was also promoted to 9th Dan.

Sensei Holloway


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Update!!

To the Dojo Family:

Thank you so much for a great summer and we are only half way through!!

I was able to do a Western tour of the National Parks, then swing through Washington D.C. for my commencement. Dr. Condoleeza Rice was our keynote speaker, and what a wonderful life story she has!

I got back and the Ingermann's surprised me with a graduation party.  Many of you attended and I was overwhelmed with good friends and good times.  Thank you to the Ingermann's for hosting the party and all of you for special gifts!

Thank you so much to Susan and Brent for carrying much of load of my teaching responsibilities.  As always others helped too, Mr. Bill Mattocks, Mr. B., Karen, Dale, and certainly the regulars (Sensei Bowman and Sensei Filby).

Sensei
Isshin Ryu Hall of Fame News!!

This year the IHOF grew by nearly double from the last few years!  We had two winners and helped support a good organization!  I am especially proud of this years group, most of you know the general travel rule, when I go it is usually to work, or participate in judging.  So, those that go are on their own, they do their own registration, make travel arrangements, and get themselves to the seminars or tournaments.  I have often stated, consider me "unavailable".  Many times I do not get to see the students participate, as was the case this year.  So, other students get the benefit of a Sensei to help get through the stuff, my folks do not get much help at all.

This year two people went to the IHOF Tournament and did very well.  Susan Ingermann competed in Women's Black belt weapons and empty hand kata and got second place in both categories.  Kali Gerou competed in advanced 15-17 year old and got second place in kumite and 3rd place in kata.  Both of these young women represented Isshin Ryu with honor.  All of us should be proud of these two, I know I am!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Student Summer Special !!!!

New Student Summer Special!!!

New students will receive two months of lessons and a uniform for $99.00.

This is the time to start, we will help you to develop self-esteem, harmony and discipline.

It is small step with big implications!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Brent Seegraves Instructional Primers are available!!

Mr. Brent Seegraves the Grand Master of video production has an instructional video ready, and I have to say it is first class.  If you need to better understand your basic exercises and vocabulary this is the video for you!

This is a first class instructional tool that is amazing.  We have them at the Dojo and proceeds will help us keep the "fires" burning.  We are selling them for $10...yes $10.  Beginners, and parents of kids wrestling (that is "raslin" for some of us), with the Japanese pronunciations, this is for you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

UIKA Symposium News!!

Start your plans now!  Sensei Brian and Lisa Ash will host this year's UIKA Symposium in Bozeman, MT. The dates are August 15 - 17, 2014.  Bozeman is stunning with a lot of local activity available, so start your planning now.  The last time I was out we drove down to Yellowstone for a day!

Additionally, Tokumura Sensei is doing an embukai, weapons training the next weekend in Lynnwood, WA.
Contact Annie at onna.samurai@yahoo.com for more information.