“I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to
take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has
opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances
Jeff Matusewicz, Adam Masur, Joe Marotta, Natalie Montone, Frank Henderson, Lee Gugler, Tony Curcuruto and I attended the 2009 IWKA Karate Championships and Seminars June 18th to June 20th in Pittsburgh, PA. There were about 300 competitors at the Downtown Hilton site. Adam Masur, 5th Degree Black Belt, won 2nd place in Weapons and 3rd place in Kata. Natalie Montone, 2nd Degree Black Belt, won 2nd place in Sparring. Lee Gugler, Brown Belt, won 3rd place in Kata. Each of the people assisted in preparing the site for the events, attended seminars with Master Duessel and Master Wallace and created many memories that they may share with you if you ask.
“Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must
use self discipline until you create a positive mental attitude – your
mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”
Napoleon Hill, 1883?-1970, Author of “Think and Grow Rich”
Master Brian Fitzgerald conducted a seminar at the main dojo on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Master Fitzgerald, currently the Police Chief for Branchburg Township, began training in Isshinryu in 1970 with Frank Brita a second-generation student of Nagle. In 1974 he began training with Master Nagle at the Central Ave. dojo. Sensei Brita and Master Ungie Uezu signed his Ni Dan Certificate. His Third Dan through Eighth Dan certificates were awarded by Master Nagle and most recently his Ninth Dan was awarded by Hanshi Ed McGrath .
Master Fitzgerald covered many topics in the two hour seminar, including:
Master Nagle’s approach to fighting and matching
Master Nagle’s unique way of kicking
How and why Master Nagle used his guard and hands
The advantage to angles in fighting
Nagle’s original 11 upper body basics and 5 kicks
How Master Nagle developed hand speed
General questions from the group regarding my experience and training with him
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Our annual benefit tournament was held on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at Hackettstown High School. More than 180 competitors had a great time, and helped raise money to benefit the American Diabetes Tour de Cure, American Cancer Society and The Mountain Lake Fire Department in Memory of Lee Mills.
A few hundred competitors performed kata and weapons kata, and tested their skills in kumite. You can download the results to see all the winners.
Hanshi Duessel’s Seminar – In March, 2009, we attended Hanshi William H. Duessel’s annual spring seminar in Pittsburgh, NJ. Hanshi’s seminar covered breathing, the step-slide and reminded us all of the importance of a strong foundation in our basics. After the seminar, everyone was invited back to the dojo for some food and camaraderie.
It’s always great to see so many people from different schools working hard to perfect their training. Hanshi’s seminars are always informative and inspirational. If you have a chance to go to one, go. Check out Hanshi Duessel’s web site.
From June 19th – 29th, 10 people from the Isshin-ryu School of Karate went to Okinawa to train with Master Kichiro Shimabuku, learn about Okinawa and spend a few days in Tokyo. We all had a great time. Master Shimabuku was very gracious, welcomed us to his Dojo, and we had the opportunity to train with him several times during our trip. We’re already thinking about going back in 2 years.