Posts Tagged ‘United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance’

Karate Kid Fun: Glimpse into Dojo Hilarity

One of the perks I have as a martial arts instructor is seeing karate kid fun first-hand. Kids say and do the some of the funniest things. We run a tight, disciplined ship in class, but we have fun too. Your perk today? You don’t have to put in the hard work, sweat, concern, tears…

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Summer Camp: 5 Favorite Memories

I unexpectedly saw one of our black belts at the beginning of summer and our conversation turned toward Summer Camp. We naturally spoke of our travel experiences to headquarters, both recent and in years past. We have been fortunate – or as some people put it, we have made the sacrifice – to attend so…

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Top 10 Reasons Black Belts Quit Karate

As an instructor, it breaks my heart when yudansha pull their support and attendance from the dojo. It also disappoints me when I learn that one of the U.R.K.A. black belts quit. I don’t even like to hear that black belts I know from other styles stopped training. When I shared the title of this…

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Karate Title Changes

Changing karate titles are a natural part of our dojo’s martial arts culture. In Japan, people have changed their names: when they became the head of a household or a company; to demonstrate allegiance; and when their social status evolved, among other reasons. They have even changed their names to shed bad luck. And artists…

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Name Changes: A Japanese Tradition

Over the years, I have noticed that Okinawan and Japanese people historically change their names – a lot. Usually their last name or surname evolves. But there are also nicknames bestowed that seem to take the place of given names. About 60 percent down on this Wikipedia listing, under “Historical Names” and “Professional Names” you…

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Welcome to our Dojo

We once had a guest from India visit our dojo. He was here for work and said that stopping in and watching a class was the best part of his U. S. trip. He is probably the person who has come to us from the farthest away. We had guests from Finland who said they…

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Message: No Person is an Island

I recently had the same message, about being a part of a group, coming to me from various sources.  When that happens, I take notice, and see if I can apply it to my life.  I heard this point in a podcast interview with Peter Bane.  He said, “By taking care of our larger ‘selves’—our families,…

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TODE SAKUGAWA: FATHER OF KARATE

(Kanga “Tode”) Sakugawa  lived from 1733 to 1815. Tode Sakugawa was known in his youth as Kanga Sakugawa.  He was an Okinawan martial artist and greatly contributed to the evolution of karate, or “Tode,” as it was known at the time.  He studied under at least two separate masters: Takahara Peichin and Kusanku. Oral tradition…

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OKINAWA TRIP 21: GRAND FINALE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On the first leg of our Okinawa trip, we stopped overnight in Hawaii, and got to witness a beautiful sunset along with a rainbow.  That night inspired this haiku: Waikiki sunset! tourists clamor in the street soba in bellies Here are two highlights of our trip on video, as promised.  These kata…

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OKINAWA TRIP 20: HAWAII OKINAWAN CULTURAL CENTER

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We were able to stop over in Hawaii for two full days, plus a little longer, before we landed on the mainland (U. S. A.).  Several years prior, I had come across the Hawaii United Okinawa Association online while researching Okinawa.  I had determined then that if I ever went to Hawaii,…

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