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I watched a jujitsu class last night taught by an amazing, high ranking, high caliber instructor.
He worked on blending, entering, uprooting and some of the release arts. He stressed the importance of body speed because it adds power to the counter attacks, whether they are strikes, takedowns or throws.
Master Tourin is quite tall and in the 200 pound range, but he moves like a cat. His counter attacks were executed with no effort but with such power that the ukes were overwhelmed.
His releases from grabs, mixed with body movement, put the attacker in a position where any…Continue
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 man.
Posted by Dave McNeill on November 4, 2018 at 2:30pm