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Master Todd Bradley's Test

Master Todd Bradley (red gi top) owns Champions Martal Arts in Colorado Springs where he teaches Kempo, Krav Maga and Goju-Shorei Weapons. 1st Sgt Bradley is a disabled vet (hip replacement) who served 3 combat tours. Saturday he was tested for 7th degree in Kempo where he displayed his knowledge and skill in his chosen martial arts.

Posted by Dave McNeill on March 5, 2017 at 4:00pm

Off The Mat by Emmy Award winning Terry Wilson

Posted by Dave McNeill on February 28, 2017 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

The 9 Guiding Principles of Goju-Shorei

The 9 Guiding Principles of Goju-Shorei

and why they’re important


I’m going to discuss the 9 Guiding Principles of Goju-Shorei on this site. I struggle from time to time trying to follow them and I assume that I’m not alone.

First a little clarification; The reference to Family is because I consider all students or friends of Goju-Shorei to be family, as in – People who teach and train together become family – which is the translation of the kanji prominently displayed on the web…


Posted by Dave McNeill on February 27, 2017 at 9:00pm


The first Goju-Shorei Weapons class.
Date - 1991
Location - Dayton, Nevada

Posted by Dave McNeill on February 23, 2017 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Goju-Shorei Challenge Coin

Sensei Marta Azzam was the first person to receive the Goju-Shorei challenge coin. All Goju-Shorei Black Belts, whether in Karate, Weapons or Jujitsu will receive one of these coins for each of their Goju-Shorei Black Belts.

Challenge rules: If we are at a bar or restaurant and a Goju-Shorei challenge coin is presented all Goju-Shorei black belts must also present theirs. If a black belt does not have theirs they buy. On the other hand if all black belts have their coin then the challenger buys.

The coins are being mailed or given out now.

Posted by Dave McNeill on February 16, 2017 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

Having Fun

So as some of you know, I was forced to have back surgery in September.  By October I was completely off of pain meds, though after several years on that terrible stuff, withdrawals were a tough "street-fight".  Recently, after training, I've been needing an Aleve but not much else.  Yesterday I had a blast, center judging a tournament here in Las Vegas for about nine hours.  I haven't been on my feet that long, moved that much, or had as much fun in years.  Since then ... no pain!  NONE!!!  I think my back is healing. :)

Posted by Ross Briggs on January 29, 2017 at 2:23pm


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This year will be the 46th year that I have been studying Goju-Shorei.  And I’m still learning.

I’ve learned that bones break (16) and one should take better care of their body.

I’ve learned that age is a limiting factor and I wish I were younger.

I’ve learned to respect the struggle of advancing students.

I’ve learned the importance of a healing modality in the martial arts.

I’ve learned to recognize my limitations and embrace student and peer advise.

I’ve learned sweat and pain are the glue for deep and lasting friendships.

I’ve learned from the thousand mistakes I have made teaching and training.

I’ve learned from a countless number of martial artists.

I’ve learned that 46 years pass in a…


Posted by Dave McNeill on January 3, 2017 at 8:47pm


I had a dear friend tell me he had never failed a ranking test, until he tested for 2nd brown in Goju-Shorei.

I had a person fly me out to Nashville so she could test in front of her students. She didn’t pass. She didn’t quit and now she is the Goju-Shorei Weapons Director. 

I had a person fly me to Kansas City to teach and test. He assumed he would automatically pass because he was paying for travel and my fee. He didn’t pass and he quit. 

I have had students quit after not passing a ranking test.

I’ve had students quit because they were not tested when they thought they were ready. 

I did not pass at least three tests in my martial arts career. 

Those that quit did not trust the process – nor the instructors. 

The higher the rank…


Posted by Dave McNeill on December 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments



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