Thought of the Week #10

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.

Thought of the Week #9

Who said it could not be done? And tell me what great victories does he have to his credit, which qualifies him to judge what can and can’t be accomplished. (Napoleon Hill Author of the 1936 classic Think and Grow Rich)

August, 2009 Promotions

Don Dixon's Black Belt and Kyu Rank PromotionsCongratulations to those who earned and were awarded promotions at our Karate camp on August 7 – 8, 2009.

  • Sho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) – Don Dixon
  • Ni-Kyu (2nd Degree Brown Belt) – Anthony Curcuruto
  • San-Kyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) – Joseph Reinbold
  • Senior Junior Blue Belt #2 – Kristyn Wheeler
  • Junior Purple Belt #2 – Katherine Waldman

Thought of the Week #5

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their
commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, Hall of Fame Football Coach

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.

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