Message from sensei Quimby – 2018 World Okinawan Tournament

Dear Karate Family,

Alas the 2018 World Okinawan Tournament has finally come to an end, although the excitement surrounding it clearly lingers. It was an extraordinary experience by any measure, and a supreme privilege and honor to represent you all. I’m filled with a profound sense of gratitude knowing how many extraordinary human beings walk alongside me to help teach and guide me in this beautiful art.

The tournament’s conclusion was as exciting as its beginning. In the end, I earned second place in the final match against my Uechi-ryu brother from Russia. It was a split decision, 4 to 3, which helped make for a highly climactic finish. There is no doubt that the level of competition here motivated me to strive for personal excellence, however I know that throughout this tournament, the true opponent was myself, and in facing him, I feel I have no regrets.

Thank you all for your support and loyalty to our dojo. I’m honored to walk the path with you.

Masakatsu Agatsu…

Best regards,

Chip Quimby

Celebrating our Dads at Karate

Thanks to all the amazing Dad’s for joining us in class this weekend. It’s always a blast seeing you out there with the kids, having fun and working hard. Great job guys…have a wonderful FATHERS DAY!

Celebrating our Moms at Karate

Thank you all the amazing moms, aunts, grandmothers, step-moms, and special women who came down and trained with us this past weekend in honor of Mother’s Day. We had a super fun time and loved making some special memories with you. We hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

 

Advanced Belt Test – March

A small but well deserving group of advanced students qualified for our March Belt Exam. Congratulations to each of the candidates and strong performance. We know it wasn’t easy, but that’s not how you made it look. Continue your climb gentlemen. Omedeto gozaimasu!

 

January Children Belt Grading

Congratulations to all the students who attended our beginner and intermediate belt testing this past Saturday. Many of you were taking your very first test as karate students and truly did a wonderful job. Keep up the great work guys!

 

 

 

December Children Belt Grading

We held our final test of the 2017 calendar year. For two hours, the candidates gave it their all and never wavered, despite being pushed harder than they might have wanted. In an age where testing is often viewed as politically incorrect, the students of the Shiseikan continue to embrace personal accountability and charge forward, hardening their will and refining their character, regardless of the adversity that crosses their path. You are the keepers of one of Okinawa’s richest traditions. And because of you real karate-do will live on. Congratulations!

Black Belt – Authentic Karate

It’s been a long time in the making, but yesterday, after beginning their karate training nearly eight years ago here at the Peabody Shiseikan, the Okinawan Karate-Do Association awarded the rank of Shodan to our first two students who began their karate practice here as young children.
Thank you both for embodying everything it means to be a strong karate-ka, and for representing our dojo so well. I know the process was far from easy, but it’s the journey that has made you the person that you’ve become. Always remember to rise…Nana korobi ya oki. Congratulations!
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” – Sir Edmond Hillary