Isshinryu.ca The Canadian Isshinryu Way Everything Karate & Kobudo Volume 3, Issue 3 Summer 2007 Inside this issue: Enjoy your Summer I hope that everyone is enjoying As September approaches rank. History of Isshinryu 2 their summer. Summer is a quickly (try not to think about Kusanku Part 2 great time for Karate, especially the snow just yet…) It is impor- for those of us in Canada who tant to continue to focus on Never overlook the impact that normally are unable to train training and improving your you have as an instructor and as Opening New Dojos 2 outside. I personally remember skills. More importantly, advanc- a senior student role model. If By Master Robert many a training session in the ing your skills. I would like to your students / beginners in the Markovich park, in the lake and other fun suggest a goal for the fall to all dojo don’t see you pushing your- outdoor venues. I hope that advanced students and instruc- self to improve they end up with everyone is taking the opportu- tors. a complacent point of view that Martial Artists Take to 3 nity to vary their training and Go learn something new! Try to will limit them until someone can the Ice By Janet Fuchek enjoying the opportunities to flip that switch for them. improve your Isshinryu by open- practice the kata in a situation ing yourself up to new ideas. It more akin to the way it was Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet 4 may be a different style, or even developed. We take for granted For those of you that aren’t Kun Do Fighting just attending a seminar by an- a flat floor when the practice. instructors, I’m not leaving you By Patrick Couperus other Master of Isshinryu. By The founders of Karate certainly out. Your goal, is to learn! Just expanding your own horizons did not have that luxury and learn something new every single Theoretical Karateka 5 and understanding of the body probably would question us as to class, it may be a subtle move- By Trevor Warren and Martial applications you why we train on a flat floor ment your instructor does, or a automatically extend that under- when the ground is generally complex sequence, just keep the standing and appreciation to uneven. students junior to you or your focus on learning and improving. Improve your Kobudo 7 own students depending on your Sai Throwing Those of us that traveled to Chicago, IL for the American Ask a Sensei with 8 Okinawan Karate Association ATTENTION NEEDED! Trevor Warren World Championships this year were treated to some amazing Do you know of a great Sensei in Canadian Isshinryu? News 10 seminars as well as good camara- If so, please e-mail Sensei@isshinryu.ca with the Sensei’s con- derie and competition at the event. Please be sure to check tact details to be profiled in future newsletters. out the Canadian results for both the tournament, and the Thirteenth Edition of the Do you know of a great student in Canadian Isshinryu? yearly awards and congratulate If so, please e-mail Sensei@isshinryu.ca with their Sensei’s Canadian Isshinryu your fellow Canadian Isshinryu Karateka for a job well done and contact details to be profiled in future newsletters. Newsletter! for re-enforcing why Canadian • Valuable training informa- Isshinryu is going so strong and continuing to grow. tion • Important historical articles • Promotion & Tournament Upcoming Events Results • Important details on up- Isshinryu Tournaments: coming events. July 27th and 28th— AOKA, Inc. Tournament and • A Karate crossword Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tour- Banquet—Sept 21st and nament Gatlinburg, Tennes- 22nd—Bayonne, New Jersey. see. Page 2 The Canadian Isshinryu Way Kusanku—Part 2 By Mike Fenton Understanding the history of the Isshinryu kata can one of the few to incorporate indirect fighting tech- provide the Isshinryu Karateka with a greater niques.” knowledge of the kata and the techniques it em- ploys. The origins of a kata can guide us toward understanding both the application of the technique The Origin’s as a student and a deeper respect for the evolution of the art as an instructor. Kusanku clearly is based upon the teachings of Ku- sanku as taught during his time on Okinawa. Ku- The information within this article is a result of sanku was a master of Chuan Fa from southern research done as part of a book in progress. It is to China. The kata as it has been maintained through represent a comprehensive resource of data con- the years was the version either created by Tode cerning the art for all Karateka. While every effort Sakugawa or Kusanku himself. The relationship has been taken to ensure accuracy of the informa- between Kusanku and his students is well docu- tion, any corrections or additional details are wel- mented and not required for our path to Isshinryu. come from one and all. Matsumura Sokon would learn the kata from Saku- Kusanku Kata gawa and teach the kata to the majority of Shuri Karateka. One of his students was Kyan Chotoku who taught the kata to Shimabuku Tatsuo. The Technique I sincerely hope that you enjoyed reading this. The Kusanku, like Chinto, contains numerous misdirec- next article will begin the background of Sunsu and tion and deceptive techniques and is therefore con- its unique place in Isshinryu. If you have corrections sidered one of the more difficult kata to master. or comments regarding this article or any future “Unique to Kusanku Adding to this is the fact that it is the longest empty article, please feel free to contact me directly. are movements which hand kata in Isshinryu having the most techniques. frequently result in Mike Fenton Unique to Kusanku are movements which frequently changing levels. “ result in changing levels. For example, focus is firstname.lastname@example.org shifted high with a head level crescent kick, and then dropped very low by rotating all the way around This article represents part of an unfinished work by into a low crouching position. Developing smooth Trevor Warren and Mike Fenton. Nothing would transitions during the kata teaches the Karateka to have been possible without the many resources maneuver and change directions quickly and at the available both on the internet and via books cur- same time eliminate wasted movement. rently available on Okinawan Karate. Additionally, special thanks must go out to Joe Swift, his research and willingness to share was an invaluable asset. Lastly, Kusanku deliberately makes use of avoidance and deflective techniques. Master Bohan is quoted as saying “Most Okinawa karate forms teach power blocking and straight forward stances. Kusanku is Opening up New Dojos By Shihan Robert Markovich The following are some tips on how to open new As a parent club grows and new black belts are Dojo and increase the size of the Isshinryu commu- developed, Sensei should send them out to expand nity. For what it is worth this is how we did it in the system. Good Shodans under the supervision of the past. By we, I mean Me in Windsor, Ontario, an instructor can easily handle a new bunch of stu- Canada. I think the method would probably work dents who have only to learn basic exercises, a bit of anywhere though. At the last AOKA tournament in self defense and Seisan kata along with a few kicks. Chicago we discussed ways to increase the member- Back in the 1960’s we opened Dojo with brown ship. This means opening more new Dojo. belts because there were so few black belts around, and it worked. (Continued on page 3) Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 3 Opening up New Dojos By Shihan Robert Markovich (Continued from page 2) your money back. There are other places in a newspa- per where an ad may be placed. For example, look for space where they advertise up and coming events. “Good Shodans under The best method is to find a church basement or a These are often free. Another method is to make a lot community center where the rent is not very high. of fliers and pay a paper boy to deliver them along with the supervision of an The new club should be located far enough away from the papers in the selected neighborhood. Make sure he/ instructor can easily the parent club so that there is no competition for she does not through them into a waste basket after you handle a new bunch new students. Ideal locations are near food stores have paid them some money. because everyone obtains food at some time or an- of students who have other. A community center is very good because it only to learn basic already draws people so that very little advertising There is one problem. Senseis like to maintain control needs be done. Churches are almost as good as they over their students which is sometime too strict. As a exercises, a bit of self have their congregations and some fliers on an an- result, the sensei takes most of the money so that the defense and Seisan incentive for the new black belt is not very high. This nouncement board will attract attention. has been a problem and has caused many a split between kata along with a few the instructor and their students. Don’t be stingy! Let kicks..” Personally, I used to put an advertisement in the news- the new club make some money. paper in the section that handles theatre ads as every- one looks at those. This is a bit pricy but it gets re- sults. Think of it this way. If the add costs $300.00 I hope that my suggestions prove of some value. you only need five or six students to join and you have Martial Artists Take to the Ice By Janet Fuchek As a goalie in AA Hockey, eight-year-old Jacob Bal- Karate, you have your hands and feet.” dassi, of Thunder Bay, Ont., is used to stopping shots. But his passion for shutouts doesn’t stop at the rink. Susan Baldassi, mother of the Baldassi brothers and also When it comes to Karate, it’s time for the young ath- their instructor, tested the students along with the test- lete to prevent shots to the body and face. ing panel: Fourth-Degree Blackbelt Dinah Jung of the Satori Dojo of Thunder Bay and Junior Blackbelts Hayley and Jordan Tennier who are Assistant Instructors at the His brother Brandon and their friend John Parrott, Toshikai Dojo. both eleven and defencemen in AA Hockey, also take their role seriously. In the Karate world, they are use to defending not the net this time, but themselves. Baldassi sees the value that Karate has on her students’ involvement with hockey, particularly with her own The Karate trio blocked or avoided an onslaught of sons. punches and kicks enroute to a belt promotion on June “Karate has benefited Jacob with his flexibility and reac- 25th at the Toshikai Dojo in Thunder Bay. The older tion time-which is essential for a Goalie,” she says. Baldassi and Parrott earned their green belt with a “Isshinryu has helped Brandon to develop the focus and white stripe, while the younger Baldassi received his mental clarity in his game-nervousness in not an issue for orange belt. him, as he remains calm and level-headed on the ice.” The promotion consisted of a fitness test, a test of Kelly Walsh, Parrott’s former hockey coach, also recog- Japanese terminology and philosophy of Isshinryu, ba- nizes how martial arts training can positively impact sics, kumite, kata and self-defense. “I was happy”, says other sports. the youngest Baldassi of his new belt. “John is a very disciplined and focused hockey player”, His older brother was equally pleased with the results. he says. “I believe these qualities are related to his up- “It was time well-spent, training for it and testing”, says bringing, as well as his martial arts training.” Brandon. “I am excited that I get to move on and do new things in Karate.” From the rink to the dojo, these dynamic karate stu- He compares two of his favorite sports. dents are forever fighting in defence of the net and of “You have to train and practice in hockey and karate”, themselves. he figures. “In hockey you have a stick and puck. In Page 4 The Canadian Isshinryu Way Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kun Do Fighting By Patrick Couperus imposed on combat which distract and distort effec- Bruce Lee’s book is a collection of pointers and com- tiveness, Lee is dismissing the real training benefits mentary on the martial arts. It is divided into five which are derived from perfecting forms. He is also sections: Preliminaries, Qualities, Tools, Preparations, focusing solely on the world of physical combat Mobility, and Attack, each of which covers a discreet whereas martial arts training is as much about train- aspect of the form and function of sparing. Though ing for mental and spiritual strength as for physical set out as a guide book for Bruce Lee’s system of prowess. This is an unfortunate gap considering the martial arts, the Tao of Jeet Kune Do contains valu- attention that Lee gives in Tao to the role of intel- able direction for almost any form of fighting. Lee’s lect and emotion in sparing, as will be seen below. book is, not surprisingly centred in the physical ele- Mindfulness in performance and analysis of body ments of the body mechanics involved in the fighting mechanics in kata is easily translated to success in arts. Yet, in each of the five sections Lee spends sparring. Much relies on how an individual ap- some time analyzing the mental aspects to effective proaches the performance of katas and one uses the combat training—with some sections having more lessons derived from forms And it is important to developed cognitive treatment of techniques than consider kata within that context and consider it as others. Throughout Tao it becomes clear that, de- a tool to exercise the mind and the body in prepara- spite needing a balance of physical and mental train- tion for all manner of struggles. Just as in training ing, the mental, emotional and judgment functions are for fighting, one cannot achieve realistic performance “Lee’s dismissal of perhaps more important to successful sparing. Thus, in sparring without repetition of the basic hand and kata must serve as a this paper will examine the cognitive factors that Lee foot techniques needed. Thus, kata is not just the brings forth in Tao. ritual practice of forms but is the actual practice of caution for Isshin Ryu techniques. If kata is approached as a training tool, karate ka and all then the bunkai, or potential applications of move- Instead of trying to understand—perhaps impose—a martial artists to pattern on the collection of pointers, I found it most ments in the kata, is just as important as achieving ritualistic perfection in the performance of the kata. perform kata in a effective to concentrate on two representative sec- As Shihan Albert Mady has observed: Isshin Ryu tions of the book— Qualities, which is somewhat mindful manner and more orientated towards the mental aspects and katas are not simply ‘dances’ but are training tools that should be used to modify sparing and self de- to use it to augment Attack which focuses mostly on body mechanics but fence techniques. also contains a powerful cognitive aspect. In this other aspects of their way, I hope to draw out some informative conclu- training. “ Lee’s dismissal of kata must serve as a caution for sions about Lee’s perspectives in Tao. Isshin Ryu karate ka and all martial artists to perform kata in a mindful manner and to use it to augment Before examining these two chapters, I think it is other aspects of their training. In this way, Kata will important, however, to analyze and comment on become an important conditioning tool for the body Lee’s puzzlingly negative perspectives on kata or and the mind. One must understand the applications forms because it bears directly on how we, as martial of the movements and use the repetition to train the artists, train. Lee believes that the “flowery forms” body and the mind to act. Visualizing opponents and and “artificial techniques” of much of the martial arts techniques helps achieve success not only as one are “organized despair” that distract practitioners performs kata but also acts as mental and physical from the actual simple and direct reality of combat. training for combat. To perform kata well, then, one “Thus, instead of ‘being’ in combat these practitioners must battle mentally and physically to achieve per- are ‘doing’ something ‘about’ combat.” The “fancy fect form, and self control. These battles in kata are mess… solidifies and conditions what was once fluid.” equally present in sparring. And, as will be seen in Furthermore, the ritual forms are “nothing but a blind the analysis of the chapters on Qualities and Attack, devotion to the systematic uselessness of practicing Tao emphasises that fighting is as much an active routines or stunts that lead nowhere.” So, for Lee, mental process of tactics and self control as it is a kata only serves to reduce imagination and active physical battle with an opponent or opponents. thought in real combat and to offer next to nothing to physical training for sparing. Lee’s proscriptions Consistent with his dismissal of rote forms, Lee against forms should be considered valid only in the emphasises training and the active mind approach to sense that it is possible to become static in ones per- combat. In the chapters of Tao Lee clearly balances formance of kata, and to, in effect, reduce it to bear physical and mental attributes. The Qualities chapter movements. But, as many martial artists have discov- is perhaps most representative of that balance. For ered, the understanding of the potentialities locked Lee the abilities that a trained fighter should develop within kata increases remarkably over a lifetime of are ‘Coordination,’ ‘Precision,’ ‘Power,’ ‘Endurance,’ wilful training. ‘Balance,’ Body Feel,’ ‘Good Form,’ ‘Vision Aware- ness,’ ‘Speed,’ ‘Timing,’ and ‘Attitude.’ All of these Much of Tao is about training and practicing. By aspects are made up of mindful qualities as much as arguing that kata and the like are artificial structures (Continued on page 5) Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 5 Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kun Do Fighting Cont’d By Patrick Couperus they are of physical biomechanics. As such, coordi- nation is the king of the qualities. The martial artist Similar to the quality of Coordination, the qualities of must endeavour to eliminate excessive tension in Precision and Power have their balanced physical and the lengthening muscles which would act as a break mental control aspects for Lee, with precision made up, on complete and precise motion. This is largely a above all else, “by controlled body movements.” Power mental function. Lee points out that “well executed comes from a strong base but it is about control. The movement means the nervous system has been fighter must balance their own muscular forces. As trained to the point where it sends impulses” to such, together precision and power reflect the mindful active muscles and shuts off antagonistic muscles control of applied force. Interestingly, when Lee exam- with extreme precision. This results in “properly ines Endurance, he does not emphasise the obvious coordinated impulses” acting with split second tim- mental or spiritual aspects which often drive an individ- ing. It is training and control that will achieve coor- ual to surpass intended or expected barriers—to de- dination for the martial artist. “The well- molish the seemingly pre-ordained or the unapproach- coordinated fighter does everything smoothly and able goal. He approaches endurance purely from a gracefully.” Reinforcing the superimposition of the training and conditioning standpoint. Though, he does between mental on the physical, Lee argues that to avow that “most beginning athletes are unwilling to achieve this level of ability it “is a matter of training drive themselves hard enough.” the nervous system and not a question of training .. To Be Continued in the next newsletter. muscles.” The Theoretical Karate-ka By Trevor Warren How many of us can honestly say that they have any and making fun of the local Hell’s Angels chapter? practical experience as a karate-ka? When the mar- More importantly, is a theoretical karate-ka qualified to tial arts were first developed they were just that – teach karate? martial arts. They were designed to do the maxi- mum possible damage to an opponent in the short- est period of time. While there is still definite appli- I believe that, though we are theoretical, we would still cation for these talents, I believe that the number of have the upper hand in a street encounter. First of all karate-ka that have never been in a fight is small. In we are trained fighters. We know how to punch, kick one way this is definitely a good thing… as martial and grapple. We have conditioned are bodies to both “When the martial artists we should be advocating non violence and give and take a hit. As a bouncer I have been punched arts were first peaceful co-existence. However this also means by trained and untrained or so called street fighters. I that more and more of us are becoming theoretical found that the untrained fighters hit far lighter and with developed they were practitioners of the art. far less damage than the trained karate-ka (I have had just that – martial arts. my ribs, nose and foot broken by trained fighters, not a They were designed to mark by untrained). As well, the reflexes of a trained I have been fortunate to have had very few fights martial artist are very fast compared to the average do the maximum outside of the dojo and none in the past 10 years. Joe. When you have someone who can punch through possible damage to an When I was young I was a bouncer and had the 5 bricks, you learn to move quickly when they’re gun- opponent in the dubious honour of escorting inebriated patrons out ning for your head. Finally the trained martial artist is of the bar. While this involved the occasional punch more likely to keep his head in a physical confronta- shortest period of to the face or choke around the neck, I would not tion. Of the few encounters I’ve had I have found my time.“ consider it fighting experience. Other black belts, in training takes over, my heart rate slows and my focus fact MOST of the other black belts, which I know increases. Most of the street fights I’ve seen are a have never had a physical conflict outside of the result of alcohol and anger. The ability to not become dojo. emotionally involved in a fight is probably the karate- ka’s greatest strength. Yet, most of the Isshinryu karate-ka I have spoken with are quite confident that if the situation arises So don’t go looking for fights just to make sure that they will be prepared to end the conflict quickly and your karate works. If you are training under a good decisively. Where does this confidence come from? Isshinryu instructor, theoretical or not, you will be Is it false confidence? Are we as instructors setting prepared for what’s out there. Keep the fighting in the our students up for failure if a real situation should dojo. arise? Should we be bringing our black belts to bars Page 6 The Canadian Isshinryu Way Improve your Karate Hands on Hip This newsletter focus on Karate technique is a very your hand and brain agree consistently, you can basic idea that almost everyone at some point in consider moving on, but don’t rush it. their training neglects. It can be applied to basics, kata, kobudo and even fighting (albeit in a modified way). The idea is that your hand should be on your Step #3: Kata hip when you are not actively using it. The kata will be a little more challenging because you move a lot more dynamic in your kata then in To begin with, it is important to understand not just the basics. Again, do the kata very, very slowly that you must keep your hands on your hips, but thinking about your hand. Not only that it is moving WHY you must. First of all, it is a measure of pre- correctly and on the hip, but that it is supposed to paredness, the hand on the hip is positioned to be! There are times in the kata where both hands strike. When it dangles, or is loose and unfocused, are working together, remember when you focus on it is not prepared to strike. Since every block and pulling your hand back to your only to do it when most strikes in a self defense situation warrant an the kata dictates you should. “every block and most immediate follow up, this is unacceptable. Each limb strikes in a self and striking / blocking part of the body should be Step #4: Do More Kata constantly ready to react. defense situation warrant an immediate Just like with the basics, once you think you under- In addition to being prepared to strike, the action of stand, you must do it with full commitment to prop- follow up, this is putting your hand to your hip is also very important. erly teach both your brain and your muscles the unacceptable. Each Virtually everyone who has ever studied Isshinryu, at new way you want them to move. You must prac- some point has had their instructor tell them to pull tice this again and again, until it begins happening limb and striking / their hand back to their help (or, don’t leave your without you thinking about it. The focus will con- blocking part of the hand out). The motion of the body is greatly as- tinue on your hand, but the movements will happen body should be sisted by the twisting motion that occurs when the naturally. If you do it long enough, any hand place- striking / block hand is extended and the other hand ment other than the correct one will start to feel constantly ready to is sharply pulled back to the hip. Twisting of the awkward and wrong. Then you are ready to move react.” hips is the method by which Isshinryu (and all forms on. of Karate) generate power. This may not be Step #5: Continue stressed heavily at the beginner level, but at all levels it is the key to a strong strike or block. Once you've got it mastered, that’s certainly not the end of your Karate training, it is important to re- Hopefully by this point, I’ve convinced you that member that there are a seemingly infinite number pulling your hand back strongly to your hip and of areas that need practice and a finite time. So, keeping there is crucial to your martial arts. So it’s before too long, you are going to realize that an- time to start working on it. other aspect of your training is demanding your attention and you’ll focus on that. Good! That’s First off, anything you do to develop this with your what you should do. But as you work on other empty hands, can be applied to your weapons. If areas, keep working on this. It applies to the Sai, you are already studying Kobudo, don’t forget about the Tuifa, the Bo, Fighting (You may not want them when you practice this. on your hips but you definitely don’t want your hands dangling. Pull them back to your guard in- stead). Step #1: Start with your basics. Do every basic, very, very slowly. On every tech- nique, think about the hand and when it should draw back and keep your fist tight and ready to strike. Step #2: Do MORE basics. So you think you understand your hands? Do the basics with full power maintaining that focus. When Training Tips—The Blood Circulating is Similar to the Moon and Sun By Trevor Warren Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 7 Training Tips—The Blood Circulating is Similar to the Moon and Sun By Trevor Warren With this code Shimabuku Sensei recognized the hand. Block with your right hitting the outside of his cyclic nature of the world. The sun and the moon, wrist just below the fist. Continue with the circular our blood, the days, the seasons, many things in na- motion guiding the punch downward. Next try step- ture go in circles (or more properly ellipses, but we’ll ping to the left while the opponent punches. After this leave that discussion for another day). The practical is ok make the punches more random. Make sure you “The practical application of the circle can be found in many of our work both sides. application of the blocking and attacking techniques. The circular blocks are closer to the soft aspect of our style than the circle can be found in hard and require proper timing for execution. In This exercise may be applied to a number of different many of our blocking most cases you are using very little force to counter a blocking techniques including Basic #8 (Jodan Tegata and attacking great deal of force so timing is absolutely critical. Uke) and Basic #14 (O-uchi, O-uchi). Remember to keep your technique clean and practice often. techniques. The Here is a good way to get started. For this exercise you will be using the block from Basic 7 (Tegata Bari). circular blocks are Have your partner through a gyaku tsuki with his right closer to the soft aspect of our style than the hard and require proper timing Improve your Kobudo for execution. “ Sai Throwing In Isshinryu, it is common knowledge that in Kusanku aiming the Sai to a location about two feet past no Sai we “pretend” to throw the Sai. While we your front foot. pretend to do many things in the kata, we also apply Bunkai and a full training regiment to the other tech- nics. Why isn’t the focus also placed on throwing the #4 Watch the stick into the ground sai effectively? That’s all it takes, the sai is meant to be thrown at Before you attempt to throw the Sai, I want you to close range to make distance between yourself and remember two important factors. The first is that your attacker. When throwing it to strike, any spin- you should find an appropriate place to do it. Soft ning of the sai will only significantly reduce your odds ground is best as the Sai will most easily stick in the of hitting with the point. ground giving you the best indication that you struck with the tip. The second is, only use your favorite Sai, The force of throwing them into the ground, and This is the sai throw in the kata, the sai could always be occasionally hitting a rock, can bent and otherwise thrown at the body in any fashion, it is unlikely to hit damage the sai. If you have an old pair, use them if with the tip but may back them up. However, if you not, I’m sure you Dojo has an older pair you can use are going to throw something where it could be liter- for the task. ally any object and get the same result, a smarter choice is NOT your weapon you need to defend your- self. So now that you have a suitable location and sai to practice with, how do you throw the sai? The throw can be done sideways across the body, but just as it’s Practice throwing your sai, you don’t need to do it done in the kata, a downward through will work best. everyday, but understanding how it really works, and won’t work will make the movement useful. Kata movements must be understood before they can be #1 Draw the Sai back up open toward your considered useful. Anyone can claim it’s a throw, or shoulder. strike etc, but until you can make it work, you don’t own the technique. #2 Bring it straight down with the prongs par- allel to the ground #3 Let go of the Sai as it just passes your waist Page 8 The Canadian Isshinryu Way Ask a Sensei Biography of Trevor Warren—Yondan Trevor began his Isshinryu training under the tute- Shortly after his promotion he began teaching at his lage of Susan Fuchek (Baldassi) and Janet Fuchek at own dojo with Mike Fenton and Chris Koppenhaver. the Canada Games Complex (now Chibushi) Dojo The club was named Chitora Dojo and has since in 1986 at the age of 11. Failing his first yellow prospered producing many enthusiastic and able stripe test, Trevor quickly became an enthusiastic students. student. The death of his brother Vance at the age 13 gave Trevor a driving desire to pursue his brother’s values of integrity and honour. Trevor Trevor recently celebrated the birth of his son Jadyn continued his training at the Complex and began Vance Warren who, at the age of 9 months, has instructing the summer camp karate program at the already shown a propensity for karate, having dealt age of 14. Under the guidance of many instructors his dad a black eye with a well placed fumikomi. including Dinah Jung, Joe Rigato and Albert Mady, Trevor, a Yon Dan, currently lives in Thunder Bay, Trevor was awarded his Shodan in 1993. Ontario and is the co-head instructor of Chitora Dojo with Sensei Mike Fenton. “I honestly believe that Isshinryu is the best fighting style from a practical self defense position. . “ Ask a Sensei Answers by Trevor Warren—Yondan Question #1.: Question #2 Why do you promote the practice of a traditional Which of the 3 Isshinryu weapons do you prefer and martial art like Isshinryu instead of other modern why? fighting styles? Answer #2: Answer #1: Because of the strength of the bo, the elegance of Although I haven’t experienced all of the fighting the sai and the speed of the tuifa, it is difficult to pick styles in the world, I honestly believe that Isshinryu just one. If I was attacked, however, I would have to is the best fighting style from a practical self defense pick the bo. Due to it’s reach, devastating impact position. The style is practical, adaptable and well and resilience to other weapons, it is for me the rounded with elements from many different fighting best weapon. styles. Question #3: Who was most influential in your own training? Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 9 Ask a Sensei—Cont’d Answers by Trevor Warren—Yondan further splintering of the art into numerous factions Answer #3: that are convinced that they are the true Isshinryu. There are many people that have been very influential The current splintering of the art into many organiza- in my training. My many instructors have led me in tions and factions is based purely on one thing: ego. I different directions and my many students have taught believe that if we all just took on a bit more humility me much about my own technique. I think that the we would realize we have so much to learn from one MOST influential person would have to be my col- another. The organizational ideology is counter pro- league Sensei Mike Fenton. We have discussed more ductive and, sorry to say, stupid. We should all fall topics, worked out more bunkai and discovered more under one banner – Isshinryu. Enough with the poli- about the art then literally I can even remember. Plus tics. he’s given me a few breaks which have taught me to keep my guard up. Question #6: Question #4: Any other words of wisdom to share? What Kata do you wish students would dedicate Answer #6: more time to improving? - Don’t give up - Don’t give in Answer #4: - Listen to those that have more experience than you The student should work on improving his least favor- - Listen to those that have less experience than you ite kata. Compared to my other kata, Chinto is abso- lutely horrible, and that is because I don’t like it so I - Listen to others opinions, then make your own deci- have no desire to practice it. I also know that this sion means that I am short changing myself out of learning - The road is long, look for and accept help along the the maneuverability and grace of this beautiful kata. way Question #5: - Don’t take anything (or anyone) too seriously Having been training for more than 20 years and a - Give respect to those that deserve it, and that in- black belt for almost 15 years now. Care to take a cludes yourself guess and how Isshinryu will evolve over the next 20- - Wear sunscreen 30 years? Answer #5: Trevor Warren I see two possible evolutions for the art, one good and one very bad. The good one (and the one I Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) would like to work towards) is a unity of all Isshinryu Head Instructor—Chitora Dojo—Thunder Bay, On- karate-ka throughout the world. The second is a tario Fighter Does it Again By Susan Baldassi First it was Spain, now it is Germany. Seventeen- Kumite division at the 2006 AOKA World Champion- year-old Hayley Tennier is once again representing ships in Windsor. While in Germany, Hayley will Team Canada at the 2007 World Karate Association spend a week training at the Kokoro Dojo of Germany [WKA] World Karate Championships in Karlsruhe, with former Thunder Bay resident, Sensei Ryan Germany in August. “I am so excited and pumped for Boesche. it! I have been training hard and I feel confident”, says Tennier. In November of 2006, Hayley was a gold medalist in Continuous Fighting in Spain at the WKA Championships. Tennier, a Shodan and an assistant instructor at both the Toshikai Dojo and Kokoro Dojo in Thunder Bay, has been training in Isshinryu for 6 years. This Honour Roll student won her Hayley Tennier Page 10 The Canadian Isshinryu Way 2007 AOKA Tournament Canadian Results Kata – Under Black Belt 2. Brandon Ringhofer 8 & Under Beginners Weapons – Under Black Belt 3. Nicholas Bondar 2. Kyle Ringhofer 35 & Up (all ranks under black) 13 – 17 Intermediate Girls 8 & under Advanced 1. Patrick Couperus 1. Samantha Bottrell 1. Samantha Swift 2. Ken Steele 2. Shannon Bottrell 9 - 12 Beginners 18 – 34 Advanced Women 1. Vlad Serenko Weapons – Black Belt 2. Tanya Lemaire 2. Brandon Ringhofer 13 – 17 35 & Up Beginner Men 3. Nicholas Bondar 1. Kaitlyn Brown 1. Alex Serenko 13 – 17 Intermediate 35 & Up (1st & 2nd Dan) 2. Chris Barnett 2. Shannon Bottrell 2. Timo Tikka 35 & Up Intermediate Men 35 & Up Beginners 18 – 34 Instructors (3rd – 5th Dan) 2. Jean Francois Sauriol 1. Alexander Serenko 3. Mike Fenton 35 & Up Advanced Men 3. Daniela Ringhofer 35 & Up Instructors (3rd – 5th Dan) 1. Mike Payne Continue training 35 & Up Intermediate 2. Patrick Couperus 2. Tim Leonard and practicing at 2. Jean Francois Sauriol Masters (6th – 8th Dan) home to improve 35 & Up Advanced 1. Aldo Panazzola Sparring – Black Belt 1. Patrick Couperus Grand Champion 17 & Under 15 – 17 Girls your standings and 2. Ken Steele Kaitlyn Brown 1. Kaitlyn Brown to help ready 18 – 34 Men (175lb & Under) Kata – Black Belt Sparring – Under Black Belt 2. Chuck Mady yourself for 13 – 17 8 & Under Beginners 18 – 34 Men (176lb & Over) promotion. 2. Kaitlyn Brown 1. Kyle Ringhofer 2. Jesse Hill 18 – 34 Instructors (3rd – 5th Dan) 8 & Under Advanced 3. Jeff Long 3. Mike Fenton 1. Samantha Smith 35 & Up Men (175lb & Under) 35 & Up Instructors (3rd – 5th Dan 9 – 12 Beginner Boys 2. Timo Tikka 3. Tim Leonard 1. Vlad Serenko 18 – 34 Men Instructors Masters (6th – 8th Dan) 3. Mike Fenton 2. Aldo Panazzola 35 & Up Men Instructors Coloured Belt Promotions Ottawa, Ontario—June 24th Rod Berek - Promoted to Yonkyu (Green Belt) Matt Morin - Promoted to Rokyu (Yellow Belt) Pat Couperus - Promoted to Ikkyu (1st Brown) Jay Miller - Promoted to Rokyu (Yellow Belt) JF Sauriol - Promoted to Yonkyu (Green Belt) Chris Barnett - Promoted to Rokyu (Yellow Belt) AOKA Award Winners Once again, Canadian did incredibly well at the an- nual AOKA Awards Banquet. Outstanding Black Belt Male Winner—Chuck Mady Windsor, ON Outstanding Youth Female Finalist—Jesse Hill Thunder Bay, ON Winner—Jodi Polhill Thunder Bay, ON Finalist—Billie Findlay Thunder Bay, ON Outstanding Instructor Female Winner—Susan Baldassi Thunder Bay, ON Outstanding Youth Male Finalist—Dinah Jung Thunder Bay, ON Winner—Brandon Ringhofer Cookstown, ON Outstanding Instructor Male Outstanding Adult Male Winner—Tim Leonard Ottawa, ON Finalist—Gordon Findlay Thunder Bay, ON Finalist—Mike Fenton Thunder Bay, ON Outstanding Black Belt Female Winner—Ashleigh Quarrell Thunder Bay, ON Dojo of the Year Finalist—Maegen Lavallee Thunder Bay, ON Finalist—Chitora Dojo Thunder Bay, ON Volume 3, Issue 3 Page 11 Contributors Editor & Author—Chitora Dojo Author—Chitora Dojo Mike Fenton—Thunder Bay, Ontario Trevor Warren—Thunder Bay, Ontario Mike lives with his wife Kyla and has been training Trevor lives in Thunder Bay with his wife Maria. in Isshinryu karate for over 20 years, and has He has dedicated a great deal of his time to teach- been an instructor for over 15 years. He is cur- ing and his own training with the realization that rently head instructor of Chitora Dojo in Thunder hard work is the key to success. Bay, Ontario. Author—Chikara Dojo Author—Toshikai Dojo Ottawa Robert Markovich—Windsor, ON Patrick Couperus—Ottawa, Ontario Master Robert Markovich is an 8th Degree Black Pat has been studying Isshinryu for 7 years and is Belt and a member of the AOKA Promotion preparing for his Shodan grading. This year he Board. He also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in took first in both Kata and Weapons at the AOKA Arnis and is a very dedicated martial artist and world championships. instructor. Author Janet Fuchek—Thunder Bay, Ontario Author Janet is a Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) that has Requested—Anywhere in Canada been training the majority of her life. She has trav- Someone willing to contribute their time to helping eled extensively expanding her knowledge of the other Isshinryu karateka with their training or un- martial arts and Isshinryu and is always open to derstanding. learning and sharing knowledge. Karate Terms in this Newsletter It is important to Barai—Sweep Kanji—Japanese Writing Peichin—”Senior” Honorary title in the Ryukyu Kingdom. familiarize yourself Bojutsu No Kihon—Basic Kama—Sickle exercises of Bo combat Rokudan—6th Degree Black with commonly Karate—Empty Hands Bunkai—Application of Move Belt—Master Level learned Japanese Karateka—A person who “Taking to Pieces” Sandan—3rd Level (Black Belt) words. Try to Bushi—Okinawan Title for trains in karate Kata—Prearranged training Sensei Level. This rank denotes memorize all the Samurai instructor level as such the title techniques words each time and Chikara—Strength Sensei becomes the appropriate Kobudo—Ancient Martial Way title for the individual at this you will soon have a Chitora—Essence of the Tiger Matsumura Sokon—Great rank. large “karate” Dachi—Stance Karate master of Shuri. A stu- dent of “Karate” Sakugawa Tode Shodan—1st Level (Black Belt) vocabulary. Dojo—School and instructor of Itosu Anko and Shuri—Capital City on Okinawa Eku—Kobudo Boat Oar Kyan Chotoku. Toshikai—Fighting Spirit Geri—Kick Nidan—Second degree black Uchi—Strike Gojuryu—Hard / Soft Way belt Yondan—Fourth Degree Black Hanshi—Model Instructor Okinawa—Japanese Island Belt where all karate began Isshinryu—One Heart Way Isshinryu.ca Dojo Directory: Visit Isshinryu.ca for an archive of our Any student is welcome at anytime to visit any dojo. Before newsletters and must more information class, always introduce yourself to the Sensei of the dojo and tell about Isshinryu. them who your current Sensei is. For a full dojo list visit Isshinryu.ca We are getting too many to list here. Story Submission Affiliate Cities! Stories are welcome from anyone and Brandon, MB everyone. They can be about anything Contact: Richard Wharf related to the Martial Arts, a tech- Calgary, AB nique you think is just great; A better Contact: Charles Boyd way to do a technique; History of a Cookstown, ON Karate Master; a tournament trick that Contact: Harri T. Makivirta works well; ANYTHING! Kenora, ON Contact: Steve Davis All stories are appreciated as e-mail. Ottawa, ON You can send it to your instructor to Contact: Tim Leonard proof read and send in, or directly to Thunder Bay, ON me. (Mike (at) Isshinryu.ca) or Contact: Mike Fenton & Trevor Warren (newsletter (at) Isshinryu.ca) Windsor, ON Contact: Albert Mady You can even include pictures if it helps your article! Canadian Isshinryu Abroad Berlin, Germany Contact: Ryan Boesche Tsukuba Ibaraki, Japan Contact: Brent Horton DOWN 1 Stomping Kick 3 1960’s Okinawa Dojo 4 Isshinryu 5 Spear Finger 6 Grand Master of Tennesee ACROSS 2 Formal Exercises 5 Horse Bridal 7 Belt 8 Wrist 9 Nagashi Uke Stuck? Either ask your Sensei for help, E-mail for help, or wait until the next newsletter and I’ll put the solution on the website.