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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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Model A Teacher To Be A Teacher

If you are in the martial arts you should aspire to be a good martial arts teacher. We look to other martial artists for inspiration, examples and guidance. If we are inspired by our own martial arts instructor then our style of instruction will probably be a close copy.

But I think we should also look…


Added by Dave McNeill on January 25, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

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.


Added by Dave McNeill on January 16, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments

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…


Added 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…


Added 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…


Added by Dave McNeill on January 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Nice Blocking Drill

Added by Dave McNeill on December 30, 2017 at 8:16am — No Comments


Added 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.…


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

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