CONGRATULATIONS HANSHI DUESSEL

HANSHI WILLIAM H. DUESSEL WAS PROMOTED TO 10TH DEGREE BLACK BELT BY O’SENSEI KICHIRO SHIMABUKU, SOKE OF ISSHINRYU WORLD KARATE ASSOCIATION, AT THE IWKA TOURNAMENT IN AKRON, OHIO ON JULY 13, 2013.  HANSHI DUESSEL RECEIVED TRAINING FROM THE FOUNDER OF ISSHINRYU KARATE IN PITTSBURGH IN 1964 AND TRAVELED TO OKINAWA A NUMBER OF TIMES TO TRAIN AND VISIT THE FOUNDER AND SON OF ISSHINRYU KARATE.  THIS HONOR IS WELL DESERVED.  CONGRATULATIONS!

13th Edition – September 2011

 

W.H.D. AFFILIATION NEWSLETTER

THIRTEENTH EDITION – – SEPTEMBER 2011

“Uncontrolled power is useless”

 Thoughts from Hanshi Duessel

 The hosts of the Pittsburgh, Ohio and New Jersey IWKA World Tournaments met in Pittsburgh Sunday, September 18th to discuss the previous tournaments and begin to create a format for the event that will be used in all tournaments starting with the 2013 event.  It was realized and stated that each event has had many good concepts and that the IWKA events have been well attended and very well supported by numerous Isshin-ryu associations and especially well supported by Hanshi’s Affiliation members.  With this continued support, the events in the future will continue to grow and be a leader in the Isshin-ryu world.  During previous events many people have talked about changing the format to highlight key divisions.  There has also been discussion about using the days of the event better and from those discussions the following will be recommended and adopted. 

            Have better use of seminars and competition on Thursday and Friday. 

          Have the Lennox Challenge for kyu and black belt ranks on Friday afternoon and evening. 

Have specific lightweight and heavyweight divisions for men and women black belts who wish to compete for the kumite grand championships, One for men and one for women where the final light and heavy weight winners compete for the title  (heavy weight will be 175 pounds and above).  The competition for the top two from the divisions will take place Friday and the final two will compete Saturday in front of all competitors and spectators.  [More precise techniques, with form, power and the ability to end a real fight will be needed during this part of the competition.  Often point sparring techniques are not effective enough to truly score a point].  Control of body contact and attacks to the head will be strictly enforced.   (more on this later).

Individual competitions will be available to all black belts with customary divisions who do not wish to compete for the Grand Championship.  Where there are numerous competitors, separate rings will be used so equal competition will be experienced by all participants.  The top two from each ring will again compete for the top three trophies.

There will be a minimum of 6 competitors per division and smaller divisions may be combined, which will be decided upon by the tournament host / director.

All black belt division winners in kata (not the Lennox Challenge) will qualify to compete for the kata grand championships.  One kata or weapons title will be allowed, if multiple divisions are won.

The banquet and after party will be conducted following the completion of  the tournament on Saturday.

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: karatedo@goes.com   or  Fax: 908-852-9520.

Hanshi’s March Seminar – Newsletter # 12

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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].
  3. 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.
  4. When breathing in this way it is a form of meditation, as the brain can think of one thing at a time.
  5. When doing Sanchin and other katas, the breathing helps focus one’s attention into the kata, creating a moving meditation.
  6. Hanshi spoke about the three ways to instruct Sanchin. 
    1. First teach the student to do it without focus, learning the moves in a relaxed manner (like tai chi).
    2. Next teach the student the breathing patterns, while still doing the kata in a relaxed manner.
    3. Finally, add the proper use of muscle tightening to the movements and breathing. 
    4. It may take 20 to 30 years to fully develop and understand each kata.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. BO DRILLS – using a 4 foot jo.
    1. 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)
    2. 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.
    3. 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).                                  

Congratulations

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: karatedo@goes.com   or  Fax: 908-852-9520.

Hanshi Duessel’s 2010 Summer Seminars

Seventy-seven Isshin-ryu enthusiasts attended seminars Saturday, June 26th, at the North Jersey Martial Arts Academy, which were hosted by Shihan Marvin Carmona (7th Dan) and his wife Kelly.  Black belts and Brown belts from New Jersey, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio were in attendance.

The first seminar about developing the understanding of Centering, Balance, Posture and Power Development involved lecture and hands on practice.

The second seminar about Sai Basics, proper use of the Okinawan Weapon and the Short Sai Kata was very informative and well received.

Following lunch the group was educated about proper kumite judging and four rings were created at the host dojo so numerous black belts could advance their skills under the guidance and supervision of the advanced 7th and 8th Degree Black Belts in attendance, as well as Hanshi Duessel. Many positive results were expressed when the entire group got together before leaving for the social gathering that concluded the events.

The 2012 event is currently scheduled for Kent, Ohio with Sensei Heidi Gauntner.

WHD Affiliation Newsletter #8

We just returned from Hanshi’s annual spring seminars in Pittsburgh. It was a great seminar and a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with old friends and make new ones.

You can download the March, 2010 WHD Affiliation Newsletter here.

Kyoshi Hughes is compiling the WHD Affiliation newsletter. Publication dates will be the last week of March and December. Any sensei wishing to submit an article, or announcement should send it to karatedo@goes.com at least three weeks prior to the publication date.