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FIRST GOJU-SHOREI WEAPONS CLASS

The first Goju-Shorei Weapons class.
Date - 1991
Location - Dayton, Nevada

Added by Dave McNeill on February 23, 2017 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Goju-Shorei Challenge Coin

Sensei Marta Azzam was the first person to receive the Goju-Shorei challenge coin. All Goju-Shorei Black Belts, whether in Karate, Weapons or Jujitsu will receive one of these coins for each of their Goju-Shorei Black Belts.

Challenge rules: If we are at a bar or restaurant and a Goju-Shorei challenge coin is presented all Goju-Shorei black belts must also present theirs. If a black belt does not have theirs they buy. On the other hand if all black belts have their coin then the…

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Added by Dave McNeill on February 16, 2017 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

46 AND COUNTING

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This year will be the 46th year that I have been studying Goju-Shorei.  And I’m still learning.

I’ve learned that bones break (16) and one should take better care of their body.

I’ve learned that age is a limiting factor and I wish I were younger.

I’ve learned to respect the struggle of advancing students.

I’ve learned the importance of a healing modality in the martial arts.

I’ve learned to recognize my limitations and embrace…

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Added by Dave McNeill on January 3, 2017 at 8:47pm — No Comments

TRUST THE PROCESS

I had a dear friend tell me he had never failed a ranking test, until he tested for 2nd brown in Goju-Shorei.

I had a person fly me out to Nashville so she could test in front of her students. She didn’t pass. She didn’t quit and now she is the Goju-Shorei Weapons Director. 

I had a person fly me to Kansas City to teach and test. He assumed he…

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Added by Dave McNeill on December 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Honored on my birthday

This portrait was commissioned by Master Kathy Wieczerza, by the artist and martial artist Master Tom Callos. All dear friends.

It is such an honor to receive this on my birthday.

Added by Dave McNeill on December 9, 2016 at 12:07pm — No Comments

A Superior Martial Artist

A superior martial artist 

Uses superior judgement 

To avoid using their superior…

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Added by Dave McNeill on November 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Let Me Tell You About My Black Belt Test

Added by Dave McNeill on September 9, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

New Goju-Shorei Weapons Black Ranks from Boise, Idaho

Left to Right:

Julie Carr, Janiel Chives, their instructor Peggy Sutter, Shawn McClure, Corena McLaughlin and Talitha Grimmett.

The individual stories of some of these people are the stuff of movies: overcoming adversity, not succumbing to disease or sexism, and never, ever giving up.

Congratulations to these wonderful…

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Added by Dave McNeill on July 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Master Wieczerza

Master Kathy Wieczerza (standing third from left) tested for 8th degree in Tae Kwon Do. She displayed skill, power, knowledge and creativity that was impressive. 

Last night in the Goju-Shorei Weapons class she, as the Goju-Shorei Weapons Director, showed changes she has incorporated in the curriculum. Again, a display of skill, power, knowledge…

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Added by Dave McNeill on June 7, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Journey That Counts

THE JOURNEY THAT COUNTS…

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Added by Dave McNeill on April 2, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Master Stone's Business Advise 101 - 3

Mutually Exclusive?????

I am often told that good businessmen and good martial artists are more often than not, mutually exclusive. I mean, how can you focus on creating good students and at the same time pay attention to the bottom line? Over…

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Added by Dave McNeill on March 22, 2016 at 9:55pm — No Comments

One Picture Worth 1,000 Words

Even if you don't understand the words.

This is such a powerful video promoting women's self-defense, even though it is for BJJ and in Portuguese, the message is unmistakeable.

 

Added by Dave McNeill on March 10, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Master Stone's Business Advise 101 - 2

Looking from the outside in.



How many times have you been watching your students and thought, "How are they not getting this?  It's so simple: step to the right and knock them out". Everything is so clear from across the room. Even if they are senior students, and the answer is literately staring them in the face, they keep missing it.

When I was kid, my parents would always say "you always have to learn things the hard way, don't you?"

Are you…

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Added by Dave McNeill on March 8, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Master Stone's Business Advise 101

Added by Dave McNeill on February 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Blog Contributor

Allow me to introduce Master Stone who will, from time to time, be offering advise on owning and running a martial arts school.

Bobby Stone began competing in martial arts in 1986. Since then he has been awarded over 100 gold medals and earned the State, National, and Jr. Olympic Champion titles of the Amateur Athletic Union. As an instructor, he has…

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Added by Dave McNeill on February 13, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Jujitsu and Edged Weapons - by Master Andy Tourin

Jujitsu was born as a blade science. Some might think that's a provocative statement, but as you study the history of Japanese martial sciences you see it's true. Various forms of what eventually became collectively known as Jujitsu were developed and practiced by different clans, and different classes of society.…

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Added by Dave McNeill on February 4, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Hawaiian Collection #1 - $380

Kona wood display knife (12.5 inches) with 6 inlaid crushed seashell circles representing the 6 main islands of Hawaii and blue stone chips inlay in the handle. The stand is lace wood from South America.

Cane is hickory with a large crushed seashell Hawaiian hook inlay and blue stone chip inlays above and below the hook. Two spiral grooves cross each other the length of the shaft.

$380 for the whole set.…

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Added by Dave McNeill on January 30, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Koa Knife

Koa wood (from Hawaii) training/display knife (13 inches). The six round seashell inays represents the 6 main islands of Hawaii. The blue stone chip inlays are for the currents and waves that feed these islands.…



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Added by Dave McNeill on January 14, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Seminar Dates

Have GI, will travel. All dates are open in 2016.

Book now!

Added by Dave McNeill on December 18, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A Throw Back Of Master Larry Kooyman

Added by Dave McNeill on December 15, 2015 at 4:47pm — No Comments

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