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Letter from Pete Bowie

                Letter to the Goju-Shorei Community

                                                    IT'S TIME!


Ten years ago I completed the requirements for 4th black in Goju-Shorei Weapons. I declined to accept that rank. I, more than those around me, knew I lacked the dedication, the commitment, the inherent ability to wear that belt. It hasn't gotten any better with time. I sometimes wonder if maybe I should have relinquished a stripe or two before now, so that the rank I hold might more accurately reflect my current martial arts ability.


I have forgotten the kata I created for my 1st black rank. Nobody else knows it, for I failed to pass it on. It was, I think, well thought out, involving…


Posted by Dave McNeill on April 8, 2015 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Shu Ha Ri

Shu Ha Ri article from KARATEbyJesse.

Posted by Dave McNeill on March 20, 2015 at 10:00am

Tick, tick, tick

At least twice a month I have lunch with my instructor of almost 45 years, GM Archie.

I cherish these moments as we talk about martial arts, our private lives, martial arts, funny memories, martial arts.

I hope all martial artists are able to establish and maintain a close relationship with their instructors. Time passes quickly so if you haven't contacted your sensei for awhile, do so now. Tick, tick, tick.

Posted by Dave McNeill on March 13, 2015 at 4:55pm

Control Points

I've written previously on the overall strategic goal of breaking down an opponents structural integrity, and of the specific tactics of blending, entering and avoidance footwork to keep your power and integrity intact while weakening and misaligning him. Let's add some more specific tactics to your arsenal. 

As you come into contact distance, whether moving forward or angling back, your opponent will expose various targets. Every punch, kick, cut, tackle, etc. exposes some part of his anatomy for you to target with strikes or destructive controls and leverages. The purpose of your training is to supply you with the anatomical knowledge and the timing to take advantage of these exposed weaknesses. …


Posted by Dave McNeill on March 10, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

“The Rocking Horse” (with the Flashlight)

“The Rocking Horse” (with the Flashlight)

Make sure you read my previous post – “The Rocking Horse” (with the Cane)



Disrupt – Shine/Flash the light into attacker’s eyes forcing them to lean BACKWARDs/away

 (The light will NOT blind them, but it should make them flinch back and away.)




Strike the lower leg to bring the attacker FORWARDs/down

(My choice here was to contact the attacker’s leading leg right under the…


Posted by Katherine A. Wieczerza on March 5, 2015 at 9:00pm

"The Rocking Horse" - with the Cane

One of My Favorite Concepts – “The Rocking Horse”(with the Cane)

Combining the principals of…


Posted by Katherine A. Wieczerza on March 2, 2015 at 11:25am

Thoughts after Pouncing Tigers February Break Kids Program

After the busiest week at the center that I've had since I started, I have a number of thoughts running about. 

* I have the BEST job ever!

* I see my martial arts journey growing and progressing every day.

* I love seeing people progress at something I love.

* In keeping with the Goju-Shorei mindset: First, members of this Family recognize the healing arts as the highest form of Martial Arts. (it's been running through my head for a few days)

* I'm psyched to see what happens next. (big promotion next week = new belts for tons of kids, and new curriculums to learn!)

* I'm feeling so centered, lately. (I love Qigong practices.)

* My boss and team are ever inspiring and encouraging.

* So happy that I'm grappling and training as a student again.

* It's weird to feel like a lego. (I dislocated my pinky finger the other night, and Mr. Gibson reset it pretty effortlessly. It was awesome getting…


Posted by Alex Mann on February 22, 2015 at 8:48am

The tactical flashlight.

Using the tactical flashlight

How to hold it?

 (“Regular”/ “Hammer” grip)

If your thumb is nearest the light output end, then it is in the “regular” grip.

This is the grip I use when I’m just casually walking around and need a light source.


(“Reverse”/ “Macaw” / “Hammerfist” grip)

If your thumb is nearest the switch end, then it is in the “reverse” grip.

This is the grip I use when I’m intently looking for something or thinking that I might…


Posted by Katherine A. Wieczerza on February 18, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments



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