American Isshinryu, Weather, Kick-A-Thon

THANKS to everyone who attended the American Isshin-ryu Seminars Saturday, November 13th at Fit Happens. Remember renewal for the association should be done ASAP. The cost is just $35.00 for a Life Time membership. This membership helps keep Isshin-ryu Karate Strong, reduces costs for periodic seminars and much more.

Weather Reminder: As we approach the winter season, listen to WRNJ Radio 1510 if the weather is questionable. I will make class cancellations by 4 pm on days when weather conditions may not be safe.

Our annual kick-a-thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was held November 8 to 13. We have kicked 34,690 times and have raised $1065 so far this year, which makes our grand total $14,940 since we started Kick-A-Thons. WELL DONE EVERYONE and get those final forms in.

MIRACLE – Anonymous

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even the total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”

” His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a little.

“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.”

The pharmacist’s brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother need?”

” I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just now he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.”

” How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago.

“One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely audibly. And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.”

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for little brothers. ”

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.”
That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.
Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. & to; that surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?”

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost…one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.
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In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need OR if we will ever be the cause or recipient of one. A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.

A ball is a circle, which has no beginning and no end. This circle keeps us together like our ‘Circle of Friends’. Friendship is treasure for you to experience and share. The miracle of saving a life, or being a true friend, is a precious gift. Today I pass the friendship ball to you. Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.

As Charles Dickens said in Great Expectations – Chapter 9, “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”

We do not know the day that something great may happen because of something that we do for someone or because of something that is done to or for us. We must be ready and open to help and support other people.

“You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” Ruth Smeltzer

Believe in miracles.
Find the Secret to life within yourself.
Live to help others and you will truly help yourself.

Week 76

“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” ~~ Pat Riley

Week 75

“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” ~~ Robert H. Schuller

Week 74

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.” ~~ Alexander Graham Bell

Week 73

Everyone dies, but not everyone fully lives. Too many people are having a “near-life experience.” ~~ Author Unknown

Week 72

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.”

Week 71

“Be creative. Use unconventional thinking. And have the guts to carry it out.”
Lee Iacocca

Week 70

“Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


American Isshinryu looks to provide assistance to any dojo that looks to grow its understanding of bunkai, kumite, weapons, self defense and better business procedures. One major difference in our approach is that we do not look to interfere between you and your sensei. We do not look to become your sensei. That bond is a special dynamic that we respect and honor. We offer direction without prejudice; we offer focus by setting new standards. We welcome you to AMERICAN ISSHINRYU, INC.

Panther Valley Village Square (mall)
1581 County Road 517 (off exit 19 on Route 80)
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

TIME:1 pm to 3:30 pm (1 hour seminars with a break)

COST: $20.00 for current AI members
$45.00 for non-members, which includes a lifetime membership

MASTER DONALD NASH, 8th Degree Black Belt

Topic: self-defense moves taken for our kata’s.
Bio: I was exposed to Martial Arts in 1964 with a good friend teaching me Judo. I started training in Isshinryu in the late 60’s, received my Sho-Dan on Janurary 22, 1970 from Sensei John Hendrickson.
Opened the Isshinyu Karate Klub at the age of seventeen – 1982 Hosted Master Kichiro Shimabuku Seminar
– 1984 Travel to Okinawa to train with Master Shimabuku and other first generation students – 1988 winner of the IWKA grand champion Kata – 1988 Isshinryu Spirit award from IIKA – 1993 Received Hachi-Dan from Master Don Nagle

MASTER DENNIS HOARE, 8th Degree Black Belt

Topic: The seminar will be an overview of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and how they locate pressure points and hit them. We will demonstrate how nerve strikes and pressure points will aid in making our Isshinryu self defense and fighting more effective. I will do some explanation and then hands on so it is can be retained. I will also try to back the techniques into our basics or kata so they become more personalized to our style. I do not plan on doing any knockouts or anything like that. All should have a good time
Bio: Began Isshinryu Karate training in the Mercer Street Dojo in Jersey City in about 1963 under Sensei Don Nagle. He was Master Nagle’s second in command, was in charge of running the Central Avenue Dojo. The school was officially handed over to Master Hoare in about 1997 and is still operating today attempting to carry on Sensei Nagle’s teachings


While we’re all together, let’s to something good for those suffering from diabetes. We’ll kick for 5 minutes to raise money for diabetes research through the “Martial Arts for St. Jude” program. Get sponsors to donate to the cause. They can sponsor you per kick or just donate a fixed amount for your participation.

  1. Download a sponsor packet.
  2. Find generous friends and family to sponsor you.
  3. Bring your completed form and donations the day of the event.

ANY QUESTIONS CALL MY CELL 908-797-0087 – John E. Hughes