Posts Tagged ‘URKA’

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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OKINAWA TRIP 4: KARATE MUSEUM DOJO

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger The next morning, we went to the Karate Museum, run by Hokama Sensei.  Here are some shots of the exterior.  I accidentally erased the pics from my camera, and am grateful to everyone who shared these photos! We were impressed by Hokama Sensei’s beautiful traditional dojo.  It was tidy, had all the…

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Okinawa Trip 1: We Have Landed

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Welcome to my first blog in which I invite you to look back with me at our trip to Okinawa in the summer of 2015.  The way I see it, you get the best opportunity to live vicariously through me and see the sights without the jet lag or the stress of traveling…

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PATH OF TRUTH

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger In Japanese, Dojo Kun #2 is more literally translated as, “It is important to stay on a path of truth.”  In translating the kanji, that word “stay” is a tricky part.  Instead, at our dojo we say “Keep an honest and sincere way.” The kanji mamo is translated as “obey” or “protect.” …

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RYUKYU KEMPO TRANSITION

Allan Amor Kaicho is the head and founder of the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance (URKA).  This is an international organization dedicated to the preservation of the Okinawan cultural tradition and martial arts, and the spirit of brotherhood fostered through these traditions.  Our dojo, East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan, has been associated with the…

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Was My Black Belt Test Worth It?

“Was it worth all of the time, money, blood, sweat and tears you put in to Karate over the last several years?” … “Was it worth flying out to Missouri Headquarters to an unknown place and unknown people, spending more money on yourself in one weekend than you’ve ever done before, facing the greatest test anxiety you’ve ever had and pushing yourself beyond your mental and physical limits?”

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