Sensei Eric Marn and Datu Lowell Manabe
This past weekend (Sept. 26th - 29th 2003) we had the great pleasure of welcoming two exceptional martial artists to our dojo for a series of seminars. Sensei Eric Marn, 6th Dan, FSKA, and Datu Lowell Manabe, both from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sensei Eric Marn, 6th Dan, FSKA, Hawaii
Sensei Marn has trained in the martial arts since 1958 and he is currently the Chief Instructor at The Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Do (FSKD) which is an affiliate of the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association (FSKA). Sensei Marn's dojo is located at Manoa Park, 2721 Kaaipu Avenue, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.
In 1976 Sensei Marn began training in the art of Shotokan Karate with Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi at the old Puck's Alley dojo, near the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. When I asked Sensei Marn how he would describe the training back then he said the classes were "rigorous and strenuous", with every class consisting of at least "gyaku zuki, 100 times on the right and 100 times on the left, then to Mae geri, 100 times on the right and 100 times on the left, then line drills at half speed then building up to full speed, up and down the floor".
Sensei Marn remembers that Shihan Funakoshi used to instill in his students, "it is better to train hard and with full concentration and commitment with all your being for an hour, than to train with no intensity and with a lackadaisical attitude for a week".
Promoted to the rank of Rokudan, 6th Dan, by Shihan Funakoshi in 2000, Sensei Marn brings with him a wealth of karate knowledge not easily found anywhere else.
SHOTOKAN KATA SEMINAR WITH SENSEI ERIC MARN
As with any art form Shotokan karate requires good basics. Without the underlying support of strong basic techniques there will be no foundation for everything you will be taught in the future. After a vigerous warm up Sensei Marn started the training by making sure that each and every student had a through understanding of the even the most basic FKSA requirements.
Up close and personal
Paying particular attention to the senior black belts Sensei Marn answered questions on a wide variety of topicsMarn gave hands on instruction when needed and everyone, regardless of their rank, definitely benefited from Sensei Marn's extensive knowledge and expert skill.
All eyes and ears
When ever there was a break in the action all of the students paid very close attention to Sensei Marn's comments and suggestions, especially when he talked about all of the various importance aspects that go into making for good kata.
All of the senior students got a chance to do their katas and to have their performance evaluated by Sensei Marn. goes over some of the more subtle movements in the kata Jion. He paid particular attention to the timing and the rhythum of the kata as well as discussing the finer points regarding shifting, balance and kime. Sensei Marn aslo took the time to demonstrate how the movements in this kata should be done, and when, he also explained how to avoid making many of the more common mistakes that students often make when practicing this kata.
Always a leader by example
Here Sensei Marn is seen going over some of the more subtle movements in the kata Jion. Sensei paid particular attention to the timing and the rhythum of the kata, as well he spoke at length about the finer points often overlooked regarding shifting, balance, and kime. Sensei Marn aslo took the time to demonstrate how the movements in this kata should be done, and when, he also explained how to avoid making many of the more common mistakes that students often make when practicing this kata.
Caught on the move
Here Diane Lusaniak is seen settling into her stance as she puts the finishing touches on the kata Heian Godan. In addition to going over many of the advance kata in detail for the benefit of the instructors, Sensei Marn also made a point of covering particular details in katas that were also appropriate for the kyu belts as well.
A fast learner
Mark Luszniak is also captured in the moment. Here Mark is seen performing the last movement of the kata Heian Sandan. Since joining the dojo Mark has made excellent progress. Mark is one of the hardest working students in every class he attends, and he trains at least three to four days per week, next stop red belt.
Thank you Sensei Marn
On behalf of myself, and all of the students that took part in this weekends seminar I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Sensei Marn for his time, and his knowledge.
Some of the many who attended
I know that all of the students and instructors alike who attended the seminars given by Sensei Marn came away with a greater understanding of many of the more sublte aspects of Shotokan karate. I look forward, as do many of those who took part in this weekend seminar, to seeing Sensei Marn once again at the 5th Annual Funakoshi World Championship, in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 22nd and 23rd.
KALI & ESCRIMA SEMINAR WITH : DATU LOWELL MANABE
Datu Lowell Manabe
Datu Lowell Manabe is an exceptionally gifted instructor, and an expert in the deadly arts of kali and escrima. Over the next two days Datu Manabe put on one of the finest seminar I have ever attended and each and every person who was priviledged to be there came away with nothing but praise for his skill, knowledge, and relaxed method of teaching. Datu Manabe began his martial arts career in the 1960's and in the early 1970's he began to train along side Sensei Eric Marn in the art of Shotokan karate under Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi. During this time Datu Manabe was a member of the FSKA's predecessor, the Karate Association of Hawaii, developing a reputation as a skilled fighter he was part of the Hawaiian kumite team that fought against the famous West Coast All Stars karate team and won!
Block and strike
Asked to put his hand behind his back for the purpose of this demonstration, Mark learns first hand that using one hand to block and the other to strike has its benefits.
Lots of laughs through out the day
Sempai Katharine Kaye and Sempai Barry Norman look like they are having way to much fun as they and everyone else have a go at freestyle escrima. Much harder than it looks, this one on one free for all gave the students the opportunity to see just how quickly you pay for being caught off guard.
Biding her time Sempai Marilyn Norman stays just out of range of Sempai Cathy Quinn's attack, while in the background Sensei Baldwin and Sempai Amy keep close tabs on each other.
During a break in the training most of the students took advantage of the time to work on their basics. The Doce Pares or "12 pairs" formed the basis for all of the techniques and blocks used during the seminar. As with many art forms the need to learn to balance both sides equally, meant that no matter whether you were naturally left handed, or right handed, both sides need to get equal time.
Thank you Datu Manabe
After more than 10 hours of intensive training each and every student left the seminar with more than enough information to keep them busy until the next time Datu Manabe comes to visit us.
Part the clouds - see the way.
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay