Lacy Pine and Adam Bialek put in a lot of extra time training each night during September. It was uncommon for either to miss a training session and they also were seen training before and after class most evenings. During their exam, they were required to perform the first three taikyoku kata and then square off and demonstrate bunkai (applications) from the kata. Omedetoo (congratulations)! They kicked their way past the first goal of their budo path.
Adam Bialek (left) and Lacy Pine (right) were promoted to ku kyu following exams Tuesday evening. They did super!
Three deshi (students) from our Gillette dojo affiliate were also promoted by Shihan-Dai Kyle Gewecke, 4th dan. We are proud of our Gillette students and excited to see them progress!
From Gillette, Chase Cassidy was promoted to sankyu (brown), Nick Jarvis to rokukyu (blue) and Brandon Brown to shichikyu (blue). Omedetoo!
Photo taken at recent Gillette samurai clinic taught by Soke Hausel.
Back row (L-R) Elaine Finley (1st dan), Hanshi Finley (7th dan), Soke Hausel (10th dan), Kyle Gewecke, 4th dan and Dr. Florence Teulé (1st dan).
Front Row - Heather From, Chase Cassidy, Charlie Bissell, and Brandon Brown.
Three other members of Seiyo Kai International underwent 1.5 weeks of exams at the Hombu dojo in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. These individuals had to know dozens of kata and applications and had to master a number of kobudo weapons. Mastering the weapons included demonstrating the kobudo kata for each weapon, bunkai (applications from the kata), and kobudo kumite (sparring). All of these kata are from the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu system.
After passing the karate and kobudo kata and bunkai portions of the exams, the three were required to perform self-defense applications against an aggressor with a knife, pistol and rifle. Our three candidates were successful and promoted. After presentation of their diplomas, the dojo members were treated to a demonstration of a new kata created by Dr. Neal Adam (Shihan Adam also created a hanbo kata earlier) that is a must for everyone to see.
|Paula Borea (center) and Bill Borea (right) pose with Soke |
Hausel at the Arizona Hombu following promotion to nidan
(2nd degree black belt).
Shihan Adam developed a kata for Seiyo Shorin-Ryu in the recent past that uses several of our hanbo (baton) waza. It’s a powerful kata that we will have to get him to teach at an upcoming clinic.
But his latest kata is a sight to behold. He demonstrated this latest– I think he calls it Nerdan No Professor Adam. The kata is designed for the university professor and computer geek and uses tools of the trade for weapons: such as a ruler, pen, glasses, belt and even one’s high-water pants. I suspect that a joystick can be substituted for a pen.
Thus, right after the award ceremony, our dojo was invaded by a Nerdja, wearing a traditional geek cloak. As the nerdja entered the dojo, it was clear everyone was gripped with fear at the sight of this individual. Never before had any of us seen such an intimidating foe (at least not since we took calculus) and many members came unhinged at the sight of this villain! No computer was safe!
|Is it a Nerd? A martial artist?|
A ninja? No, its a Nerdja!
FOX 10 VISITS HOMBU
For those of you outside of Arizona who have not yet met Bill and Paula, they have been very important in assisting in establishing our Hombu in Arizona. They also assist Shihan Adam and myself in teaching. Before Arizona, Bill and Paula had some unique attachments to Japan and karate. Both trained in Japan while Bill was stationed in the orient in the US Air Force.
When Paula returned to Japan with her husband Bill many years later, she was reunited with her Japanese mother and shared many tears. It is the stuff that makes great movies and novels! Paula is not only of Japanese descent, she also of samurai lineage and always had an attachment to her heritage. When she moved to Arizona, she searched for a martial arts school that could help her get closer to that part of her heritage.