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Congratulations to our 4 new shodans (first degree black belts) in Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do. We had a good turnout on Sunday
November 25th, 2012 for Lauren Naraine, Casey Sullivan, Akbar Khan and Donal O`Connell`s black belt test. Thank you to our other black
belts for coming out to help with the test and Sensei Lynn Elwood for sitting on the grading panel with Sensei.
Sensei Lynn Elwood, Sempai Lauren Naraine, Jardine Sensei, Sempai Casey Sullivan, Sempai Akbar Khan, Sempai Donal O'Connell
Congratulations to everyone who passed their karate kyu test on Saturday September 15, 2012.
|3rd Kyu||Jeanne Henry|
|2nd Kyu||Drake S.|
|1st Kyu||Neeloufar G.||Yusuf K.|
|1st Kyu||Danya S.||Emily Finstad|
Congratulations to our newest 6th kyu karate green belts, Amy C., Teaghan B. and Logan Z.
Congratulations to Hunter S. on achieving his 8th kyu yellow belt in Aikido.
We are very sad to have to inform you that Soke Nagamine passed away early in the morning(our time) on April 27th, 2012 at his home in Okinawa. His contribution to karate and specifically his father's Matsubayashi-Ryu was felt world wide. He will be greatly missed. After the 49 days of mourning in Okinawa, the board of directors will begin deliberations as to who will take over as head of the WMKA and Matsubayashi-Ryu karate-do.
Sensei Yoshitaka Taira Hanshi, 10th Dan
The WMKA board of directors has named the new structure for the WMKA.
The new executive members are as follow.
1. President : Yoshitaka Taira ( Hanshi 10th Dan)
2. Vice President : Toshimitsu Arakaki (Hanshi 10th Dan)
3. Chairman of Board : Iwao Tome (Hanshi 9th Dan)
4. Overseas Manager : Riki Nomura ( 3rd Dan)
5. Secretary : Masato Nagamine (5th Dan)
6. Accountant : Mayumi Horikawa (5th Dan)
As always each member dojo reports directly to the head of the WMKA.
It is another very sad day in the Matsubayashi-Ryu karate world. We have lost another great master. Taba Sensei was a true gentleman and true master. He left the WMKA and founded the Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do Association shortly after the death of his teacher O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine in November 1997. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to all those in his organization and those who had the wonderful opportunity to train directly under him.
From the 1997 World WMKA seminar in Toronto. Taba Sensei is in the center next to Soke Takayoshi Nagamine. It was shortly after this seminar and the subsequent death of O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine that Taba Sensei decided to form the Shogen-Ryu organization. The 'Sho' was to honour his teacher Shoshin Nagamine.
It is a sad event to report the passing of the AYANA president and head instructor, Sensei Takashi Kushida, who died on May 10, 2012 after an extended illness. The founder of Yoshokai Aikido, Kushida-sensei was one of the first uchideshi of Gozo Shioda-sensei, an original student of Morihei Ueshiba-sensei.AYANA activities and training at the Genyokan Dojo in Ann Arbor will continue under the direction of Kushida-sensei's son, Akira Kushida-sensei.
Takashi Kushida was born in Japan on May 2, 1935. He began his study of Aikido under Gozo Shioda-sensei, an early student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, at the age of 18. After less than a year of regular training, he was chosen to become an uchideshia full-time apprentice student,and spent the next ten years living and training in the Yoshinkan Dojo (training hall) in Tokyo.
Following this period of intense training and instruction, Kushida was made Senior Assistant Instructor at the Yoshinkan. Between 1963 and 1973 he served as Aikido teacher to the Japanese Air Force, the Tokyo Riot Control Police, and National Railway Police. He also accompanied Shioda-sensei in demonstrations in New Zealand and Hawaii as well as teaching at various universities, private companies, and at the Yoshinkan.
In 1973, Kushida-sensei traveled to the United States at the invitation of a small group of American Aikido enthusiasts in the Detroit, Mich. area. Originally scheduled to visit only a few months, the response to his teaching and the growing level of interest in Aikido convinced him to send for his family and stay in the U.S. to teach. In 1981, he was asked to give a demonstration for the President's Council on Physical Fitness in Washington, D.C. In 1991, Kushida-sensei established his own school of Aikido, adopting the name "Aikido Yoshokai." The Yoshokai school stresses the philosophical and scientific principles behind Aikido,in particular, Kushida-sensei's emphasis on harmony and conflict resolution as the ultimate goal of Aikido practice.
In the past 20 years Kushida-sensei has introduced thousands of men and women across America to Aikido. The non-profit Aikido Yoshokai Association of North American (AYANA) currently sanctions over 50 American instructors throughout the U.S. Today, Kushida-sensei taught classes at the Genyokan Dojo, AYANA's headquarters facility, located near his home in Ann Arbor, Mich. At the Genyokan, Kushida-sensei also conducted formal classes in Genbu Sotojutsu, a 200-year-old sword method once taught only to members of the Kushida family in Japan.
Kushida Sensei had a profound influence on the Aikido pioneers of Canada, Kimeda Sensei and Karasawa Sensei.
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