When I started the Shiseikan nearly nine years ago, I made a conscious decision that as a school, we would strive to represent a new standard in Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate here in America. An organization that inspired excellence shrouded in humility; that put as much emphasis on personal character as it does the technical acumen of its students. It’s never been an easy road, nor has it been a popular path that many have chosen to walk. But for those who have decided to take this less traveled path, I’m grateful for their dedication and loyalty, and to their belief that personal excellence is forged through adversity and consistent hard training. This weekend, Dori Sigfusson became the 10th individual to earn his shodan at the Shiseikan, continuing our tradition, and helping to preserve the way for those who are sure to follow. Congratulations sir and thank you for always believing.
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.