- Our special
- This year
our special guest was Sensei Hiro Hayashi of Victoria
Kyokushin Karate. Sensei Hayashi taught nunchaku to a
small select group of senior students on the final day of
our camp. The seminar was thoroughly enjoyed by all of
the participants, not only for the vast amount of
knowledge they gained, but due mainly to Sensei Hayashi's
relaxed style of teaching, and his warm personality.
- Up close
Hayashi demonstrated many of the close quarter uses for
this particular weapon with the assistance of Sempai
Barry Norman. Later that evening Sempai was promoted to
the rank of San Dan later at our annual awards banquet.
- Copy cats
Cathy and Sempai Amy paired up to work on a new series of
drills. They were also promoted in rank later that
evening, Sempai Cathy to the rank of San Dan and Sempai
Amy to the rank of Ni Dan. Both students are long time
members of the dojo and their promotion was well deserved.
from the teacher
- Sensei Hayashi made a point
of going around the dojo and working with each group
individually to make sure that the finer details were
clearly understood by all concerned. Sensei Hayashi's
years of dedication to the art of kobudo were clearly
visible in his technique.
- Newly promoted Sho Dan's,
Sempai Uwe Bartley, Sempai Diane Luszniak, and Sempai
Roberta Hutchinson work on their basics while waiting for
Sensei Hayashi to get around to their group.
- Sensei Hayashi kept a close
eye on all of the students, not only is saftey always a
concern when doing any form of weapons training, he was
also looking for correct technique to be sure that all of
the students developed good basics.
- Where does
- Seen here are two of the
senior kyu belts who also attended the seminar, Karen
Boudewyn and Jessie Gray. I know what Jesse is doing by
the blur of the nunchaku but, Karen I am not so sure
- The banquet
- On the Sunday evening we
held our annual banquet at which time the students
performed their various demonstrations prior to receiving
their belts and certificates.
- Sho Dan at
- The "five" -
ranging in age from 13 to their forties Put together an
wonderful demonstration including kihon, kata, and the
associated bunkai. Here they are caught in motion during
the kata Tekki Nidan. Despite their many differences they
soon formed into a very dedicated group and their long
hours of practice paid off in the end.
- Three San
- Demonstrating kihon for
family and friends prior to the banquet are sempai's
Cathy Quinn, Barry Norman, and Marilyn Norman. All three
are known for their hard work and dedication.
- Seen here during their
bunkai demonstration are Sempai Barry Norman and Sempai
Marilyn Norman, fortunately for Sempai Barry this time he
did not end up on the floor. Both students were promoted
to San Dan which is in it's self an amazing achievement
anyone let alone a couple with young family.
- The Sho
Dan's take time to say thank you
- Time to
- Sempai Amanda Braaten
stands on her chair to thank her parents, fellow students
and instructors for their time and support while Sempai
Robert Winter checks his own notes. Both junior students
regularly train with the adult class.
- Some one please send me a
photo of Robert !!
bother with the chair
- At fifteen years old and
something like six foot seven inches tall there was no
reason to put Sempai Robert on a chair in order to see
and hear him clearly but somethings remain a tradition.
His parents called it a life changing year, I am sure he
- My first
- Sempai Roberta read a short
story about her first day in the dojo and what it felt
like to be "the new student at the end of the row."
Her story was entitled "First Class" which is
fitting since it describes her perfeclty both as a
student and as an individual.
- Notes in
- A details kind of person
Sempai Diane made sure that none of her supporters where
left out, a special thank you was reserved for her
husband Mark with out whose assistance and support she
said this day would not have been possible.
- Yes he is
on a chair
- Seeming to dwarf the door
behind him Sempai Uwe expressed his thanks to his wife
and his two chidren for their on going support. An avid
reader Sempai Uwe has spent many hours researching the
many aspects of karate, when called upon to speak in
class on the histroy of our art he is never at a loss for
- A Ni Dan's
- In addition to be a long
time member of the dojo Sempai Amy Barnes has made
several trips to the annual FSKA World Championship
tournament that is held each Fall in Las Vegas, Nevada. A
strong competitor in both kata and kumite sempai Amy
always does well at local and international tournaments.
- The San
Dan's have their say
- Leading by
- Sempai Barry is a regular
instructor at the junior class and always leads by
example. A dedicated student who makes every effort to
pass on his knowledge to those who would follow in his
foot he never gives less than one hundred percent.
years and still going strong
- Of all of the students in
the dojo the one who has trained with me the longest is
Sempai Marilyn. Her years of leadership and dedication
are and inspiration to every other student in the dojo.
- In addition to thanking her
many supporters Sempai Cathy made a point of
congratulating the dojo's newest yudansha on all of their
hard work this past year. A leader in every sense of the
word Sempai Cathy sets a high standard in all aspects of
- The end
- I survived
- Proud of
his newly awarded rank of Sho Dan, Sempai Uwe holds up
his T-shirt that reads "I survived the 2006 Shodan
- The three
day camp was a great success, as you can tell from the
look on Sempai's face.
- A happy
bunch of yudansha at the end of the grading
- Front row
from left to right: Uwe Bartley, (Sho Dan) Cathy Quinn, (San
Dan) Diane Luszniak, (Sho Dan) Barry
Norman, (San Dan) Robert Winter, (Sho Dan) and Amanda Braaten, (Sho Dan). Back
row from left to right: Amy Barnes, (Ni Dan) Roberta
Hutchinson, (Sho Dan) Marilyn Norman (San Dan).
- To the
graduating class of 2006 our congratulations.
- Part the clouds - see the
objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
- of the
human spirit through physical and mental training."