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Added by Dave McNeill on August 23, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments


I watched a jujitsu class last night taught by an amazing, high ranking, high caliber…


Added by Dave McNeill on March 27, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

We Lost Another One

Lee Tau was a wonderful martial artist, father, minister and soldier. He never met a stranger and I never saw him display anger. Lee, you've fought the good fight, now you can rest.

Added by Dave McNeill on March 13, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Joint Lock Flow

Added by Dave McNeill on February 26, 2019 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Goju-Shorei Jujitsu - Level 2

Master Andy Tourin is one of the best Jujitsu teachers you will ever have the honor to learn from.

Added by Dave McNeill on February 20, 2019 at 11:53am — No Comments

Cocobolo Training Knife

Signed 12" cocobolo training knife with turquoise inlay. $60 plus S&H. If you think that is a lot of money, take a look at the cost of raw, unfinished cocobolo.…


Added by Dave McNeill on February 9, 2019 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Goju-Shorei Samurai Award

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…


Added by Dave McNeill on January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Friends in Alaska

I spoke yesterday and again this morning with our friends and family in Alaska. Master Terry Adlawan ans his wife Sussie are both safe and have been reunited in Anchorage. We pray the remain so. Mahalo.

Added by Ross Briggs on December 1, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

New Goju-Shorei Karate Black Belt Jake Passas

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…


Added by Dave McNeill on November 4, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Retirement Party

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…


Added by Dave McNeill on September 10, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Champions Martial Arts - Colorado Springs

I have been doing seminars at this school for 12 years and I love the owner, Todd Bradley, beyond measure because of the quality of his students and steadfastness of his standards.

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…


Added by Dave McNeill on August 26, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

You Do Make A Difference

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…


Added by Dave McNeill on August 20, 2018 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Hickory Canes Needed

I am in need of unfinished hickory canes 36 to 38 inches long. If anyone knows of a company that makes raw, unfinished hickory canes please let me know.

Added by Dave McNeill on August 9, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Goju-Shorei Kata Blocks

Added by Dave McNeill on July 5, 2018 at 3:46pm — No Comments


Most, if not all, martial arts systems have some kind of time requirement for grading to the next belt. At the lower levels (kyu) it might be just a couple of months before the student is allowed to test again. 

At black belt (dan) the time between tests is measured in years. A typical time in grade is; 2 years between first and second degree, 3 years between…


Added by Dave McNeill on May 31, 2018 at 7:48pm — No Comments

The UBBT and me

In the early 2000s Tom Callos and I were talking at a coffee shop in Reno when he mentioned something he was thinking of doing. He called it the Ultimate Black Belt Test, and when he explained what it consisted of I told him he was crazy, because no one in their right mind would do such outrageous things over a year. 

Fast forward a few years. In…


Added by Dave McNeill on April 9, 2018 at 10:34am — No Comments

PTSD and Martial Arts

I strongly believe this curative effect would apply to all martial arts.

Added by Dave McNeill on March 19, 2018 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Master Dan McCuskey

This is a picture of Master McCuskey teaching pressure point theory and application at my dojo decades ago.

Dan had a heart attack late last week and passed away last night.

He introduced me to pressure point in the 80s by knocking me out with a Lung 1 & 2 strike. I was sold before my butt hit the ground. He was generous with his knowledge and time…


Added by Dave McNeill on February 20, 2018 at 12:36pm — 2 Comments


Learning a martial art from scratch – basics, concepts, forms and vocabulary - is hard. But not as hard as herding butterflies.

Testing for any rank requires a trust in the process, a high level of conditioning and overcoming nerves and doubt. It is hard, but not as hard as herding butterflies.

Coming to a martial arts class when you are sore or tired is…


Added by Dave McNeill on February 17, 2018 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Seminar in New Jersey

Added by Dave McNeill on February 13, 2018 at 8:28am — No Comments

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