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This was the first ever Samurai Award. It was presented to Master George Fujii for his unwavering community support via his long occurring free self-defense classes and free classes to the special needs population.
What does the hook and title mean? The Hawaiian hook is a symbol of caring for and feeding the local community. Samurai, translated, means 'to serve'.
How does a martial arts school qualify? They must have been offering free service for some time to their local community. The schools can not be affiliated with Goju-Shorei.
Posted by Dave McNeill on January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm
Jake Passas is now a Black Belt in Goju-Shorei Karate.
Standing left to right: Sensei Denise Ramsey, Sensei Dani Kooyman, Soke Larry Kooyman, Master Ken Mammen, Master Andy Tourin, Sensei William Chappel, Sensei Jake Passas, Sensei Marta Azzam, myself, Master Jeff Denton, Sensei Martin Amba, Master John Atkinson, Sensei Patti Oji, Master Luke Freeman, Sensei MJ Amba.
Kneeling left to right: Master Mark Ramsey, Sensei Cesar Schinzing, Sensei John Mayes.
An impressive panel for an impressive young…
Posted by Dave McNeill on November 4, 2018 at 2:30pm
47 years in the martial arts is enough so I'm retiring. There are 13 different styles in this photo and over 1,000 years of experience. We had 100 plus at this soirée hosted by John Mayes at his hanger in Carson City, Nevada.
I am so blessed and honored by everyone that showed up, ate and talked story. Thank you dear, dear friends.
Much to my surprise I was awarded a 10th degree by ATAMA (American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts).
I can't thank everyone enough for their support, encouragement, and love.
God Bless All.
Posted by Dave McNeill on September 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
I taught a 2 hour class on healing Friday - with the awesome help of Mary Ann. Saturday I taught martial arts for 4 hours concentrating on the 6 knuckles of Goju-Shorei and the Roku Empi (6 elbows) kata.
Colorado Springs have 5 military bases in the area so Todd's school has a lot of military students, both active and retired. PTSD is a common ailment of the population and we have been able to treat successfully this terrible side effect of war. We were able to continue this successful treatment at the Friday healing class.
This is the last martial arts seminar I will do before my retirement in September.…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on August 26, 2018 at 3:30pm
If we teach martial arts we always hope that we will have a positive, lasting effect on our students. Seldom do we get confirmation that we made any difference to them, so I was thrilled when I got such confirmation twice within a week.
Mary Ann and I went to a Carson City restaurant mid-afternoon. There were only two other tables occupied when we sat down, and at one of the tables this tall, tatted, muscular guy kept staring at me. I was wondering if desert was going to be a knuckle sandwich when he got up from his table and started walking towards us.
“Excuse me,” he said, “did you used to teach karate in Dayton, Nevada?”
“Yes I did” I replied as I stood up.
“I was your student when I was a freshman in high school, and I sure…Continue