Thank you to all the moms that joined us on Saturday to celebrate Mother’s Day. We were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and positive attitude during class, and grateful to be able to help create a few special memories with you and your karate kid. Thank you for EVERYTHING you do – our lives wouldn’t be what they are without you.
Dear Parents and Families,
I am very excited to share with you that we’ve officially begun our preparation for the 5th United Uechi Invitational Karate Tournament being held on March 16th at Gordon College. This will be our dojo’s fifth year co-hosting the event and we are thrilled to be able to once again provide our students with a rare opportunity to participate in such a high quality event. We’ll be working hard over the upcoming months preparing for the tournament and look forward to seeing the progress and growth that accompanies our efforts as all the students begin their preparations.
This tournament is open to all children in the Karate Kids program as well as all adult students. I sincerely hope that you will encourage your child to participate or participate yourself in the tournament, so that all our students can fully benefit from the process of preparing to participate in such an event. We will be looking for parent volunteers as well to help fill some supporting roles the day of. If you haven’t picked-up a tournament registration form at the dojo, I’ve attached one to this email for your convenience. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance in filling it out. We’ll be spending a lot of time over the upcoming months educating students about how the tournament will be run and how to best prepare for their kata performance.
If you have any questions about what the tournament entails and how both you and your children can get involved, please feel free to contact me. Below I’ve also included a list of FAQ’s which I think will answer many of your questions. We’re really looking forward to making this a fun and exciting event for everyone involved! Thank you in advance for your support and assistance.
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.