Okinawan Karate Masters are Coming to Massachusetts

Dear Karatekas,

The Okinawan Karate Dojo is pleased to announce hosting of a training camp for all practitioners of Shohei‐Ryu and Uechi‐Ryu on August 4 through 9, 2014, in celebration of the dojo’s 40 th anniversary. We are excited to announce that Master Tsutomu Nakahodo, 10th dan Hanshi and council member of Okikukai, Master Toshio Higa, 10th dan Hanshi and the President of Okikukai, and Asao Nakasone, 4th dan, kata champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012 of the Okikukai World Championship and secretary general of Okikukai Chatan dojo, are the special invitees.

DeCosta sensei recently traveled to Okinawa, Japan, where he was promoted to 9th dan by his sensei, Master Nakahodo, and Master Higa. DeCosta has been studying karate for over 50 years and is a member of the Okikukai Association and the Uechi‐Ryu Association.

The training seminars will be held at two locations in North Attleboro, Massachusetts:
Main dojo ‐ 24 North Washington Street
Freemason Lodge ‐ 46 South Washington Street

Morning Classes:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday ‐ 10:30am to Noon at the main dojo
* Limited to first 25 sign‐ups received and is only available to attendees selecting
‘All Evening Sessions’

Evening Classes:
Monday through Friday ‐ 6:30pm to 8:30 pm at the Freemason Lodge

A dan test for 6th dan and above will be held Saturday, August 9, and farewell banquet will follow. Further information will be forthcoming on these two events.

Prices and class training sessions are listed on the application form. Please register early as space is limited.

For more information on the training and to sign up please see the PDF forms located here: http://www.shoheiryukarate.com/masters/

Domo Arigato,

Ed Decosta ‐ 9th Dan

Karate’s Body Conditioning

At a special evening class at Okikukai Headquarters, most of the current high ranking Shohei Uechi Ryu Senseis including the current Okikukai President Nakahodo Sensei was in attendance.

The class was a traditional class with junbi undo and hojo undo at the beginning of class. Then came the kotae, a regular body conditioning exercise phase that is heavily emphasized in the Uechi Ryu style of karate. Every student was asked to take off their gi tops, and then was asked to break up into three groups to be tested in sanchin. Sanchin testing is very helpful in not just body conditioning, but allows the practitioner to have full one on one guidance from the instructor.