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Some highlights of training, friends, travel, karate masters and more!
Okinawa Trip 2019 - Iha Sensei Tookachi Celebration
Backyard Workout at Sensei Fortunato's Home
Okinawa, Japan Trip 2009
Sensei Fortunato with Matthew Hubinger, 8th Dan Hombu dojo, Lansing, Michigan
Sensei Fortunato with Sensei Mark McCloud, 8th Dan Holt, Michigan
Sensei Fortunato with Sensei Lou Shoha, 8th Dan Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Videos of masters and our dojo.
Sensei Fortunato Restagno Seminar Highlights
Sensei Fortunato Restagno of Grand River Karate conducted this seminar at Kitchener Kicks in 2018. These are a few highlights. Fortunato studies Shidokan karate, is the chief instructor at Grand Rover Karate in Waterloo Ontario and is a direct student of Seikich Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, head of the Beikoku Association.
Bujin.tv Preview - Koichi Nakasone Seminar Pinan Sandan bunkai / Pinan Yondan bunkai
A 17-minute preview of the 69-minute Bujin.tv seminar by Koichi Nakasone recorded at the Asato Dojo in Okinawa, Japan. Nakasone demonstrates Pinan Sandan bunkai & Pinan Yondan bunkai. Koichi Nakasone, 9th dan Ryukyu Kingdom Sui-di Bujutsu was featured in the Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate series which is also available on YouTube and Bujin.tv https://youtu.be/xbT6lf-VA9k A student of Seikichi Iha, Koichi Nakasone was a fearsome full contact fighter. His main students, Maki Toguchi and Mineo Toguchi also became champions. The full seminar and interview will be exclusively available on Bujin.tv a new online hub for martial arts content from November 20th 2020. https://bujin.tv Filming - Chris Willson & Michael Olsen Editing - Chris Willson Interviewer and Translations - James Pankiewicz ----------------------------------------------------------------------- We are about to film episode #11 in the Sensei - Masters of Okinawan Karate series. These seminar videos are an extra way of reaching out to the international karate community, and the full length content of the seminars will be exclusive to Bujin.tv
Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate #8 Seikichi Iha - 沖縄空手
Master of Okinawan karate Seikichi Iha, 10th dan Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo, an “Intangible Cultural Asset Holder in the Field of Okinawan Karate and Martial Arts with Weaponry.” This interview was filmed during his return to Okinawa for his 88th year party. Speaking in Japanese and the Okinawan language he discusses his teachers Gusukuma Sensei and Miyahira Sensei, including the fundamentals of their studies of karate. He demonstrate techniques with his students at the Miyahira Dojo. Corrections 14.03 "In Urasoe we'd go through the entire kata" should be "In class we'd go through the entire kata" (The dojo was in Nishihara) 20.37 iro mushito should be iro mishiran (but the translation is correct) Other errors may appear, but the advantage with this video series, is that anyone can always go back and watch the source material rather than blindly trust our translations. Seikichi Iha Sensei's friend and student Koichi Nakasone Sensei was interview #3 in this series. https://youtu.be/xbT6lf-VA9k Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate is a documentary series about the amazing martial arts teachers living on Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. It is completely free to watch on YouTube, anywhere in the world! Series One has more than 1,000,000 views. Visit the blog to learn how you can support Series Two. Coming in 2022! https://travel67.com/the-karate-masters-portrait-project/sensei-documentary/ GOALS OF THE SERIES 1. Document the stories of Okinawan karate masters and their philosophy on life and their martial arts practice. 2. Record in the highest quality possible. Ideally 4K or 8K, RAW, multi camera, multi audio 3. Store the original data as an archival record. 4. Transcribe and translate the recordings to spread knowledge of Okinawan martial arts, history and culture. 5. Make the videos available for free online via YouTube and Bujin.tv so that anyone, anywhere can see them. The documentary series grew out of the Karate Masters Portrait Project which began in 2012. The portrait project allowed amazing access to the sensei, but it was only Chris Willson and James Pankiewicz who got to hear their stories. The documentary series is a way for us to share that unique knowledge with the international karate community. The international karate community generously supported the first series. Main Series Sponsors – SERIES ONE Fusei Kise, Isao Kise and the OSMKKF-USA Jerry Figgiani – Shorin Ryu Karate Do International Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association Grant Campbell – USA Karate Federation Cezar Borkowski – Northern Karate Schools NOVA Okinawan Karate Dojo Waterpoints Dojo – Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene Series Sponsors – SERIES ONE Marguerite “Peggy” Hess – Jensen Beach Uechi Ryu Karate Do Dojo Reece Cummings – Cummings Karate Dojo Michael Quinn – Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Europe Martin Pinto – Essex Goju Ryu Karate Mark Spear – Black Bear Dojo Okinawa Karate Podcast Fred Mansfield Jr. – Beikoku Shidokan / RBKD Series Supporters– SERIES ONE Tim Herlihy, Robin Ross, Joshua Simmers, Jeff Perkins, Paul Punshon, John J. Strangeway, Gerry Campbell, Shelley Cormier, K V Manoharan, Phil Butler, Danny Smith, Justin Rathert, Adam Carter, Mike Powers, Miguel Da Luz, Robert Roberto Curtis, Josh Ryer, Belgi Serin, Igor Vakos, Lisken Dus, Andrew Pearce, Christopher Ford, Cos Vona, Steve Ouslis, Sandro Simonetta, Axel Heinrich, Jiří Matouš, Jose Planas, Andy Morris, Steve Armes, Olaf Steinbrecher, Hannele Zubeck, Maija Zubeck, Scott Alter, Rob Chartier, Laura Chartier, Xu Ya Hui, Vlamir Silva, Marian Reiter, Cassie Pham-Korman, John Schrock, Åke Mora Temnerud, Ari Nuutinen, Hubert Laenen, Mario Michiels, Chris Michiels, Lynn Miyahira, Roy Paul, Andy Sloane, Justin Sheehy, Manfred Streuber
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