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UBBT Reminder From 2008

This video is to remind the UBBT alumni of the connections and reconnections that this challenge has afforded us.
To the newbies, this is an example of the wonderful memories you can create with the 2018 UBBT Team.


Posted by Dave McNeill on January 16, 2018 at 8:40am

New Karate Yellow Belt

Black belt Patti Oji has earned her yellow belt in Goju-Shorei Karate. Traveling once a month from the Bay Area for 2 years, Patti has been diligent and consistent in her studies.

Sensei John Mayes, on the left, was in charge of the test, supported by Sensei Marta Azzam and uke Jake Passas.

Posted by Dave McNeill on January 14, 2018 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments


2018 will mark 47 years devoted to Goju-Shorei, and the last year I will be involved. In September, at the black belt test of Family First Martial Arts students in Nashville, I will formally turn over the System to Master Larry Kooyman. I do so with full confidence in his abilities to continue the growth of Goju-Shorei.

And this will be the last time I participate in the Ultimate Black Belt Test. My role will be as cheer leader to the participants, although I will be tackling the requirements of fitness and health.

The UBBT is and has been an adventure that is unmatched in the martial arts field. 12 months of some crazy stuff; 52,000 pushups and sit-ups, endless katas, sleeping on floors in Alabama California and…


Posted by Dave McNeill on January 9, 2018 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The 1,000 Challenge

Another 1,000 Challenge celebrated with everyone exceeding 1,000 reps. The tradition continues.

Left to Right; Joselio Ramirez, Tim Taylor, Marta Azzam, Ken Mammen, John Mayes, William Chappell, Dave McNeill, Jake Passas, kneeling Pete Bowie. 

Posted by Dave McNeill on January 1, 2018 at 5:00pm

Nice Blocking Drill

Posted by Dave McNeill on December 30, 2017 at 8:16am


Posted by Dave McNeill on December 24, 2017 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

Master Ross Briggs

Master Ross Briggs has been promoted to 6th Dan in Goju-Shorei Karate.

He has been with Goju-Shorei for over 40 years.

Posted by Dave McNeill on November 25, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments



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