Shihan, PS 27 Ueshiro Karate Club
Onegai Shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, Sempai, and Deshi,
In Tales of Okinawas Great Masters, Shoshin Nagamine discusses
popularity. He states that karates popularity has to be do
anytime, anywhere, anyone principle. Master Nagamine
the practice of karate knows no limitations; there are no time,
or gender restrictions. One can train any time, any place, and with
anyone, or even by one self.
There is nothing like training in a USRKUSA dojo. Training in a
dojo is an
integral part of our training. Hanshi has stated that he has not
week without training in a dojo. We are encouraged and should train
many of the dojo in our system as possible. When traveling we should
our brother and sister dojo and travel to them strictly for training
However, many of us may often find ourselves away from the dojo
system. I have found doing kata outdoors in nature a wonderful and
meaningful experience. Recently I was on vacation in the Czech Republic.
While traveling my favorite experiences were the ones in which I
I gained insight into Rohai while observing the White Heron on the
a lake in the small town of Trebon. Another morning I felt as if
protect a king while practicing Wankan overlooking Krumlov Castle,
I believe that you give some of your spirit to any location in which
perform kata. Additionally, you take something away from that location
perform kata on/in. You take something you would otherwise not gain.
Sensei Mackay recently explained to a class a theory he had about
kata on a beach, snow, or dirt. If you look down at the ground after
performing a kata in one of these locations you can see the signature
the composer of that kata. You can see their signature in your own
This week do at least one kata in a place you dont normally
Let your imagination run away with you.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu,
Robert Neff, Ni-Dan
Shihan, PS 27 Ueshiro Karate Club/Deshi, Ueshiro Midtown Karate