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Okinawa Calling: Sensei Damien Martin on Rediscovering the Roots of Karate

Blitz Magazine, Volume 31, Number 6 December 2017/January 2018

Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. Japan’s fifth-largest prefecture was a cauldron of conflict during the second world war and is now a bucolic territory, known to boast one of the largest populations of centenarians in the world. 2,566 more words


Kagami Baraki 2018

As we start the New Year we will be undertaking the New Year vows and setting goals and objective for the coming year in a collective pledge create a better life for all. 233 more words


2017 Goju-Ryu Meitoku-Ha Gasshuku

2017 Goju-ryu Meitoku-ha Gasshuku in Levis Quebec. Special thanks to our hosts Jonathan and Dgina of Vision Dojo, also Rob McFee and Achilles LeFort of New Brunswick, Camron and John from Kingston who all came together to make this happen. 13 more words


Iain Abernethy Seminar

In October, 2017 Shikomu in Burlington hosted another great weekend seminar where we navigated through the analysis of kata in various styles and the application of throws with Sensei Iain Abernethy from the U.K.. 373 more words


Miyagi Chojun: His Life and Times

Miyagi Chojun: His Life and Times

By: K.B. Tallack

(This is an essay I wrote and put away about 20 years ago. I thought I would share it here.) 4,349 more words


The Life and Times of Miyagi Chojun Sensei

By: K.B. Tallack

My research led me to Japan on numerous occasions, and eventually I took up residence there. During the years I lived in Okinawa I was able to meet a number of older people who had known the Sensei, either as a neighbour, a famous Karate teacher, or as their personal Sensei. 474 more words