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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    I hope thats the case.
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    I bought a pair of the worbington sai after seeing this post and I gave in and did it. Now let me give the positives first. 1. The balance is very good but not perfect 2. Phillips response time is very good 3. Delivery time after placing the order is very acceptable Negatives 1. I had to send...
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    $50, a bit much?

    Not out of line for a private lesson for an hour. I charge $40 pr/hr for 1 hour private lessons but I am very critical and in depth in my correction of technique so the student gets a great deal of detail in a short time.
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    Karate Sign

    I don't have any idea.
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    Karate Sign

    We have a LED sign for a building for sale that simply reads karate. It is in a Asian style font (Wonton) in red. It is in very good condition and comes with the transformer you need to run it. We can not use it at our new dojo’s location due to city requirements but its ready for a new home. It...
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    Looking for new drill/exercise ideas for class

    Great suggestions above. You can get creative with some blocking drills also.
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    Isshin-Ryu seminar in Kent, OH, Sep 9/10 2011

    Sorry everyone missed Sensei Kerker's seminar if was very enjoyable as usual.
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    Should a black belt be given out after only one year of training?

    In Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Shodan (1st Dan) is just a basic understanding of the basics and nothing more also. Also Masters level though its not used like that is typically 7th Dan when someone is issued the grade of Kyoshi not Shihan. Shihan grade is the license for you to be able to teach...
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Sorry picture didn't attach. I found the picture of the sai I was talking about
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    Bowing. in and out of...Everywhere?!

    I have done it before. Especially when I was younger trying to make it a habit.
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    Independent Orgs?

    I am always trying to improve my technique and understanding of it. The better I understand the technique the better it works for me. Don't ever think you can't do better, strive for it and what you think you standard is could be very small compared to what could be.
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    When Bill and I get to see each other again hopefully in November I am sure we will shake each others hand and say hey.
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    Independent Orgs?

    Just checked your profile and I understand you thought process better. Being a beginner you have not yet discovered what time does for your skill and knowledge. As one of my Sensei's says there really is not any advanced technique just basics applied differently and better. Good luck with your...
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    Independent Orgs?

    I agree growth is not out goal either just quality and like minded karateka coming together for a common cause.
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    Independent Orgs?

    Normal time frame. Welcome to the martial arts. With my organization because of my rank the vice president position is held by one of my instructors who is a 9th Dan with 45 years in the arts, another gentlemen who also has over 40 years and is also a 9th dan holds a board of directors position...
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    Independent Orgs?

    I would wait until you have at least a 6th Dan to start an organization.
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    Independent Orgs?

    I run a small organization called the Ryukyu Bujutsu Hozon Shinkokai which was organized to research, promote and preserve traditional Ryukyuan martial arts including Karatedo, Kobudo & Tuite.
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    I am familiar with Jurgens Sensei and I know he lived on Okinawa for quite sometime training with Akamine Hiroshi Sensei. I have never seen his kobudo but I know its not easy to gain a 5th Dan and Shihan ranking from a Okinawan organization typically. My Sensei trained with Carbone Sensei for...
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Apology accepted.. Arigato gozaimasu!!
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    No I don't study with Shapland Sensei I was lucky enough to find a very good kobudo sensei locally that is a student of Tokumura Sensei now. I did just order 2 pair of tunfa from Shapland Sensei which are in the mail now and should have them in a few days. I can't wait to get them and use them...
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Bill, There are many things that I have gotten that "I couldn't afford" but I planned for them and worked to be able to do it. I understand money is tight, it is everywhere with about everyone. However I didn't deserve the tone in your response, so I won't bother again. Sorry for sharing my...
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    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Bill, I have 2 pair of Shureido Sai and they are quite nice. The real heavy duty ones are a bit big for me but I use the chrome ones most of the time anyway. I have a contact I am going to look into about their sai. He is a student of Kyoshi Donald Shapland of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan and...
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    Isshin-Ryu seminar in Kent, OH, Sep 9/10 2011

    Scottie, I hope you can make it.
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    Isshin-Ryu seminar in Kent, OH, Sep 9/10 2011

    Kerker Sensei discovered how much I could take last year and gave me the great privledge of being his uke for a good part of the day. I hurt for several days after but went away having learned something. His technique is very simple and straight forward but his timing on making the technique...
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    Isshin-Ryu seminar in Kent, OH, Sep 9/10 2011

    Just a extra note. Kerker Sensei does use Isshinryu as a guideline but has a Shorinryu guy I picked up some stuff from him last year and a pretty good knocking :-).
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    Who can name all these 1st Generation American Isshin-Ryu students?

    Scottie, You spelled Tokumura Sensei's name correctly :-)
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    JUKA® Karate Gis by Jukado International LLC

    I have seen the JUKA brand gis and they seemed good. I am not sure which level it was. I have worn several heavyweight gis over the years such as Kwon, Tokaido, Masterline, KI, Century and Shureido. With that said I swear by Shureido and its all I wear now.
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    Hard body conditioning

    Yes I do train that way and we do it with our students.
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    I have dishonored karate

    Bill, Congrats on you placement!! I am not sure what happened that the judges dropped the ball on not following the rules but as one of the floor coordinators for the event something went incredibly wrong. As someone who has trained in Shimabuku Sensei's dojo in Okinawa I can assure you that if...
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    Watered Down Martial Arts

    Thank you for you comments on my comments RRepster.
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