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Recent Upgrades: Sensei Andrew Stephens upgraded to 7th degree blackbelt ( Sichidan )
Sensei James Sullivan upgraded to 6th degree blackbelt ( Rokudan )

Butokukan Open September 23rd 2017 : ( Flyer below: Click here for PDF form and print out )
Sandan Blackbelt Test
Sensei Brian Stevanak:

Postponed until February
( due to minor foot injury)


   

Shodan Blackbelt Test
Senpai Mark McGlothlin: October 14th 2017
12:00PM.
Shelton Dojo
2505 Olympic Highway North, Shelton WA

Fort Flagler Review     ( Sensei Dean Fraser )
July 21, 22, 23

        The 20th Fort Flagler campout ended this past weekend and again I personally found the seminars to be fresh and enlightening about the art of karate.   Great seminars by Sensei Les Bishop ( 3 different ways to do sidekicks );    Sensei Tim Ford ( Importance of Timing in Self Defense and Sparring );     Sensei Don Huynh ( How Kobudo Techniques Supplement Your Karate );    Sensei Brian Stevanak ( Reaction Within Self Defense );    and Sensei Andrew Stephens ( From Form to Formlessness ).

        It is great to get away to a summer retreat and re-meet karateka and Senseis that we haven't seen in quite a while, and the food and the get togethers at the Pitt Fire have become mainstays in our social interaction.   Biking, hiking, and even fishing have entered into the list of things to do at this West Coast location.

          But the main focus of this event is and always has been the teaching of karate.  The seminars are given by experienced Senseis who pass on what they have learned in their long karate education, to others coming up, these students being karateka who are wanting to learn more about our style and art.   Like learning some advanced subject like physiology ( study of the body ) or physics, it has so much information that change our knowledge and science.   You can never reach a point of knowing everything, and learning something new changes the whole picture of what we know, and how we approach karate ( or any other subject for that matter ).

         For the teachers ( Senseis ), 1 hour at Flagler can be a new tool for future years to lend to their students to how to understand how to engage in karate.  Even 2 minutes talking to a Sensei can enlighten you about how to really improve your front kick, or how to move into a new direction to defend against an imaginary opponent in kata, or even how to improve your overall health and to live karate in a proper way so as not to injure oneself in practice.   Hard work and practice is so important, but so is learning the care and management of your body so as to recover and heal and be ready and alert; in short, to live up to our potential and live a full life.  Even the Okinawan masters like Itosu knew the importance of being efficient in your practice and not to wear yourself out but renew yourself and your ki in the practice of karate.

I enjoyed this weekend so much I would hope that we can find a way to put a mid-afternoon seminar in around 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, because I know a lot of the people there were still stoked from all the teaching and wanted more.  After 20 years of attending Flagler for most of the events, I have hiked around and seen a lot of the Park at Fort Flagler and seen different events held during the main day Saturday, but that is my own personal note that I think would make it just a touch more great than what it already is.

         I regret not being able to get enough karateka to come down and participate in this event, and I will try to commit this coming year to keep Flagler up in the minds of the students I help to teach.   As well, tournaments are always good to attend, even though some of us not in the Bremerton area tend to shy away from because of time and expense and/or documentation to cross over from Canada to come down.  The returning Senseis can bring back the information they have learned at Fort Flagler, but you may never know what gems of learning you may have gotten in a casual conversation with Soke or the other Senseis on how to really enjoy karate as an art.  Techniques and understanding help us to be more efficient at what we practice.

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