IWKA 2009 World Championship Tournament

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.

The official results are in. Download a PDF of all the winners.

Thought of the Week #1

“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”

Seminar with Master Brian Fitzgerald

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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

23rd Annual Invitational Benefit Tournament Results

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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.

See you next year.

Hanshi Duessel’s Seminar

0903-hanshiduesselseminarHanshi 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.

In Memory of Mrs. Mary Duessel. April 10, 1927 – August 19, 2008

mrsdMary Duessel a friend with the willingness to listen, laugh at a good story and would also say things like they are.

Whisper

And if I go,
While you’re still here . . .
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different measure
Behind a veil you can not see through.

You will not see me,
So you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar
together again,
Both aware of each other.

Training in Okinawa


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.

Karate Camp and Black Belt Testing

On July 25th and 26th, we spent a few days at Kyoshi’s house training in the woods (and in the field, and in the river, and up the hill, and down the hill, and up the hill…). There was good training, good friends, good food, good fun, and quite a few promotions.