Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. Napoleon Hill
Due to the help of students, parents of students, students from neighboring karate schools, competitors and everyone who attended our 26th benefit karate tournament, 4/10/11, the day was a tremendous success. THANKS is a little word but expresses my gratitude for the help and friendship of everyone who helped make the day memorable.
Our day is controlled by Thoughts, Ideas and Suggestions.
OUR 26TH BENEFIT TOURNAMENT FOR DIABETES AND THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH THIS YEAR. THOUGH THE FUNDS RAISED GOES TO CHARITY, REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE. WE CAN USE THE HELP OF STUDENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Congratulations to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter. Junior Yellow Belt – Dakota Christiano Junior Orange Belt – Nicolas Curcio Yellow Belt – Jay Brader, Jeff Brown Green Belt – Shirley K. Zavala, Scott Conroy, Susan Torlucci Brown Belt #1 – Joseph Reilbold
To: Students and Parents:
Re: American Isshin-ryu
We are striving to improve membership numbers in the American Isshinryu Association for 2011. This group has gone to a one-time “lifetime” membership for just $35.00. There will be four mini seminars in 2011 and we will keep the costs of these seminars extremely low for our members (generally about $20.00). There is so much we can do for Isshinryu but I do need your help to accomplish what is ahead of us.
I have attached a link with the application form for you. Fill it out and just bring it into the dojo and give it to me at any class (OR I have forms at the dojo). Remember, when you write the check to “AMERICAN ISSHINRYU, INC“, it is totally deductible because we are a 501 C 3 non-profit organization with the State of NJ. Do not make any checks out to me or to the dojo for your membership. You only need one reference on your form, use my name. Our dojo number on the form is #39.
All Life members will get their new lifetime certificate, membership card and two sleeve patches. Thank you to those of you who have already sent in your memberships. See me if you have any questions.
Karate Training Sessions at Renshi and Kyoshi Hughes’ – – July 8 & 9, 2011
When you want to attract your dreams into your present day life you can only do it if you have a clear intention of what it is that you really want. This object or goal must be something that you crave and want with all of your heart and soul. You must be able to focus clearly on your life purpose and be able to picture it with clarity and detail in your mind. Some people may not understand what a true-life purpose is so let me explain.
Your vision, expectations, and hopes for your life and future are perhaps the best definition of your life purpose that I’ve ever heard. It has been shown that the Law of Attraction is responsible for all past, present and future events in the lives of everyone in the world. If your life is not all that you hoped it would be, it is the result of your thoughts and negative energy that has attracted those things that you do not want while shielding you from the positive experiences you crave. Look inside your heart and mind and find out if you really believe that you have the right to a wonderful, happy life. If you are not presently enjoying success, riches and love then the answer to the question is “No”, and your current situation is all that you feel you deserve.
Are you envious of others who seem to be living the perfect life? These people are easy to spot because they are full of joy and gladness and it is obvious even to strangers. Individuals like this are delightful to be near and they attract others to them that have the same traits and positive energy that they themselves possess. In other words these people are living their life on purpose and getting those things they desire most. Their energy vibration is at a high level and is able to attract whatever they want. We get what we truly believe we deserve; so why doesn’t everyone have money, love and joy?
Marsha Sinetar authored a book in 1989,“Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow – Discovering Your Right Livelihood”. This is very insightful reading, which I highly recommend to anyone. It outlines what you need to do to attract what you want most into your life. Yes, getting what you want out of life is really an easy process that anyone can learn, and practice.
If you follow the steps on this Website and learn how to truly believe in the power and goodness that you possess you can attract everything you want with no effort. You need positive thoughts and energy, and you need to learn how to truly focus so the Law of Attraction can begin working. When you find that you are becoming stressed out or experiencing other negative, counter-productive emotions, you must get rid of those thoughts and feelings right away.
Now this does not mean that you will never get upset, and there are still going to be occasions when you have to do something that really does not make you very happy. However you will learn to control your emotions and stop dwelling on the negatives. You will become able to keep your focus on your one true-life vision and keep working toward bringing it into your present day reality. This might take some practice, but you will succeed at identifying and manifesting your life purpose.
Some people might think this is a lot easier to read about than actually put into practice, but it really is easy to do. Understand that your true-life vision is probably hidden deep in your heart, and it is up to you to find it. You should use a journal to record all of your ideas and thoughts and use this as a map to help you identify your life purpose.
Look at the things that you dream about or think about when you are all alone. What kind of life or career do you imagine yourself having? These are the questions that can unlock the answers for which you are searching.
Family and friends might turn negative and try to dissuade you from your goal. You might hear that you are being foolish and silly. Never let these negative words and people influence you into abandoning your quest for your life purpose. The Universe wants to help you and will provide you with the strength and wisdom you must have to succeed. You CAN do it, because you are a positive part of the Universe.
You don’t have to quit work, toss away savings and relationships and climb to the top of a mountain peak. This spiritual learning experience should blend in with your life and lead you to an even brighter future. If you have the courage to follow your heart and desires you can begin this quest today, and once you have found your life purpose you will never look back at your past.
ISSHINRYU WORLD KARATE ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT
JUNE 23 to 25, 2011
There are 3-day packages for seminars, banquet and tournament
for under brown belts, and brown / black belts
Individual events may be registered also
JOHN HOFFMIRE – 317-835-8802
MARRIOTT EAST INDIANAPOLIS
|“Our self image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.”|
|Dr. Maxwell Maltz – 1899-1975, Author|
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill
Contrary to most of our scripting, to win does not mean somebody else has to lose. Stephen Covey
Basic dojo rules from our handbook:
Dues should be paid the first week of each month.
There are no promotion fees, but we ask that you pay for each obi (belt).
Respect will be shown to all karate-ka at all times.
The head instructor, due to advanced rank, will be called Kyoshi and black belts helping to teach are called Sensei.
A respectful bow will be given whenever entering and exiting the workout area.
Shoes are not to be worn on the workout floor.
A serious attitude should be maintained during workouts.
Never correct the technique of a senior student (If in doubt, ask). No two people see and understand what is explained the same way. What one person realizes from an advanced rank may not be what you believe.
Kumite or sparring will be practiced under the supervision of black belts only.
Kyu ranks are forbidden to conduct demonstrations or teach privately without consent from their sensei. Black belts should clear activities prior to the session as well.
Adults must join the IWKA after attaining their Yellow Belts & prior to earning their Green Belts. This organization is headed by the son of the founder of the style and sets standards for promotion. Students may join Hanshi Duessel’s Affiliation after this time. Children may join the IWKA as well.
It is recommended that all students buy protective hand, foot and head gear. These are available from Kyoshi.
Finger and Toenails should be kept short for safety during self-defense and sparring.
General concepts as related by pee wee and junior students during classes:
Never start a fight.
Do not hit anyone intentionally while training in the dojo.
Do not show off or brag about your karate training.
Do not show friends what you are learning, but you may show family what you are learning.
Do not teach anyone without permission.
Always pay close attention to the person who is helping you during class.
Practice a few minutes (at least) daily, even when at home.
Always make a tight fist so the fingernails are tucked in and not visible.
Open hands should have fingers together and straight.
In the relaxed position (masubi dachi) heels are together and toes point at a slight angle.
In the ready stance (heko dachi) the feet must be straight, hip width.
The elbow is in line with the shoulder when blocking.
All punches start at the hip. The straight punch focuses at the opponent’s solar plexus and the upper cut focuses at the chin.
Punches never extend so far that the elbow locks.
Our punches and kicks focus just off the partner while practicing in the dojo but two inches inside the opponent when we must use our training for self-defense.
During basics always block to the front leg.
Seisan stance finds the feet straight, with a toe and heel position, and the width of one’s shoulders.
Seiuchin stance finds the heels under the shoulders, the feet point away at a 45-degree angle; the knees are bent and in line with the toes and the back are straight.
Naihanchi stance the heels are under the shoulders and the toes point inward, the knees are bent and the back is straight.
Nekoachi Dachi (cat stance) finds the rear foot at a right angle to the front foot. The heel of the front foot is raised off the ground. Both knees are bent at least in line with the toes of the feet. 90% of the weight is on the rear foot.
When moving from one stance to another, do not change the height of your center of balance.
All basics and basic kicks have four parts.
Complete 100 percent of each move before going to the next.
REMINDER – – – Adults interested in attending Hanshi Duessel’s seminar in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 5th – see Kyoshi ASAP for more information.
OUR 26TH BENEFIT TOURNAMENT FOR DIABETES AND THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH THIS YEAR. IT IS EARLY BECAUSE EASTER IS THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, WHICH IS THE NORMAL TIME FOR OUR EVENT.
* WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE
* STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR THE EVENT STARTING THE MONTH OF MARCH.
* WE NEED HELP DURING THE EVENT FROM TEEN AGED AND ADULT STUDNETS AND PARENTS. THE BIGGEST NEED IS PEOPLE TO HELP KEEP SCORE DURING THE TOURNAMENT. WE TRAIN EACH PERSON – IT IS EASY AND IT IS FUN TO DO. ALSO, YOU GET ONE OF THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE.
Doug King’s Sparring Tournament is Sunday, March 13th at Newton High School.
Congratulations to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter. Junior Yellow Belt – Dominic Dattolo Brown Belt #2 – Trevor Silva
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who attended and participated is the Golden Rule Tournament, February 13th. The event was one of the best-attended events in the past few years and the competition was extremely spirited. If you wish to know more about the event talk to:
There will be no Brown and Black Belt Training session – March 18th – as I will be in Maine.
Thoughts, Circumstances and Responces control our Actions.
TWELVETH EDITION – – MARCH 2011
“Where your thought and your breathing is,
That is where your center is”
Thoughts from Hanshi Duessel
Meeting together for the March seminars has become a tradition for students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and other locations when time and travel permit. Remember to create notes from the seminar, revisit them and practice what was taught until we meet again.
A number of ideas were related during the two-hour seminar.
- An advancement to the combination arm and leg loosening drills was demonstrated by using manageable weights. This creates resistance for the body and helps strengthen the student at the same time.
- The use of the lunge punch was discussed, demonstrated and practiced. In basics the techniques are performed from a Seisan stance where the body is kept square with the stance and the proper technique. The lunge punch uses a longer stance with a 70% to 30% weight ratio. If the body is kept square with the stance slightly more power is generated because of the deeper stance. If the body is turned into the punch more power is developed. It was demonstrated that because the rear leg and foot are in line with the punch it is very stable and if done properly, all the power goes into the opponent and does not reflect back to the person doing the punch (similar to the reverse punch [#3 basic] vs the straight punch [#1 basic].
- Proper breathing was discussed again this seminar. Karate students should breathe in through the nose into the abdomen and exhale out through the mouth. The inhalation if done to a 3 count, the exhalation should be done to a 6 count. Also if inhalation is done to a 4 count, the exhalation is done to an 8 count.
- When breathing in this way it is a form of meditation, as the brain can think of one thing at a time.
- When doing Sanchin and other katas, the breathing helps focus one’s attention into the kata, creating a moving meditation.
- Hanshi spoke about the three ways to instruct Sanchin.
- First teach the student to do it without focus, learning the moves in a relaxed manner (like tai chi).
- Next teach the student the breathing patterns, while still doing the kata in a relaxed manner.
- Finally, add the proper use of muscle tightening to the movements and breathing.
- It may take 20 to 30 years to fully develop and understand each kata.
- The Push kick versus the Snap front kick is an effective technique to get a kick in under a person’s guard because it is a more direct attack. Emphasize using the thigh to extend the kick and tighten the toes, ball of the foot and project the heel upon contact. Its focus it different than the snap kick, which is more of an arching kick.
- The back stance used in the nunchaku kata is a stance that is again very valuable in sparring because the person appears further away than he or she actually is. Posture is crucial because the head, shoulders, back and hip are over the rear leg. There is a 60% to 40% weight ratio used. It can quickly be turned in a zenkutsu stance picking up a great deal of distance.
- BO DRILLS – using a 4 foot jo.
- Hold a bo toward the end and control the swing from vertical to horizontal and back and forth. This will help increase flexibility and strength of the wrist. If holding the bo at the end is too heavy, hold the bo toward the middle to build technique and strength. (Do this using both hands on top)
- Place the bo vertically on the floor in front of you. Grasp the bo at the top with a small space between the hands. Starting in a relaxed stance, lower the body into a deep seiuchin stance and twist the hands so they torque outward on the way down and inward on the way up.
- Do the same twisting and stance techniques and then try to push the tip of the bo through the floor. This works the entire upper body.
QUOTATIONS FROM HANSHI DURING THE SEMINAR – – –
– A STUDENT IS NOT ABOVE HIS TEACHER, BUT EVERYONE WHO IS FULLY TRAINED IS LIKE HIS TEACHER. LUKE 6-40
– SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE IS MOVE VALUABLE THAN GIVING GOOD ADVICE.
– MUST APPLY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT.
– THE MORE INTENSE THE CRISIS SITUATION UNDER WHICH YOU LEARN, THE LESS YOU WILL LEAN.
– PRACTICE WITHOUT PRESSURE AND YOU WILL LEARN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND THE BETTER YOU WILL PERFORM BETTER UNDER PRESSURE.
– WILL – HEART – DEDICATION – – (we understand well the concepts of Heart and Dedication) To understand “will” we must reflect deeper. “WILL” – THE POWER OF CONTROL THE MIND HAS OVER ITS OWN ACTION (FROM THE DICTIONARY).
Formal awarding of IWKA Certificates of Promotion from Master Kichiro Shimabuku and Master William H. Duessel were presented at the conclusion of the March 5th WHD Seminar in Pittsburgh, PA
Chocku Radhakrishn – Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt
Josh Mehl – San Dan, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Marvin Carmona – Hachi Dan, 8th Degree Black Belt
For the Good of the Order
Plan to attend the upcoming 2011 IWKA Championship event June 23rd – 26th. Information and registration forms may be found on the web site www.indybushido.org .
We always have a great time renewing friendships and making new ones.
As always if you remember anything that I did not include, please e.mail me and I will update the newsletter.
Remember – if you have anything you would like to add to the newsletter under TRAINING TIPS, DOJO DEVELOPMENT, OR QUESTIONS FOR HANSHI – – – please send them to me. The next newsletter will be after the IWKA tournament.
Kyoshi Hughes is compiling the newsletter. Publication Dates will be the last week of the quarterly months: March, June, September and December. Any sensei wishing to put something in it should contact him at least three weeks prior to publication. E.mail him at: email@example.com or Fax: 908-852-9520.