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!
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
Here’s some pictures of our July & August sessions of summer club! The kids’ had a ton of fun playing outside, taking Japanese lessons and doing some indoor games! Thanks for joining us, we can’t wait for next year!