Those who practice Karate must always be polite and not be selfish.

Of course behave properly towards Senseis and Seniors, but also towards colleagues and juniors.

When training in Kata or Kumite, always bow in the beginning and at the end.

Kata is the base of Karate. Do not rush to a hasty conclusion. Train hard and study the Kata and the Kumite.

Waza (technique) will be ever changing, so you must give a spirited effort and strive to advance your own abilities.

When you train, you must concentrate your mind for making the waza, faster, stronger, and more correct, but do not become emotional (excited).

Do not lose the concentration of your mind and effort. Keep learning and studying the main thread of Karate. Karate training has no limits.

Always conduct yourself correctly, and always swallow your hot blood (temper).

Those who train Karate should not be conceited. It leads to easy falls and loss of correct thinking. If you become conceited, you should be conscious that progress of techniques and personal virtue will be lost. You must keep a beginner’s fresh spirit forever.

Karate is a way to discipline both the mind and body, and to keep humanitarianism for a complete character to build a great person.

The way of Karate is Budo (Martial Art). You cannot achieve the culmination of it without training properly according to these directions.

To master the way is not a race against others. Race against yourself.

Seminar Information

September 4th, 2014

It has been confirmed by Kuda Shinshi that the seminar schedule for this year is as stated in the post below, “2014 Kuda Shinshi Seminar; Preliminary Info.”  To reiterate:

Friday:         0900 – noon – warm ups; empty hand kata review – all seminar participants

2:00 – 5:00 – Warm ups; koududo kata review – all seminar participants

7:00 – 9:00 – Warm ups; Review of empty hand and koubudo kata in small groups – all seminar participants

Saturday:   0900 – Warm ups; White and Yellow Belt Level Training

10:30 – noon – Green Belt Level Training

2:00 – Warm Ups; Brown Belt Level Training

3:30 – 5:00 – Shodan, Nidan, Sandan Level Training

7:00 – 9:00 – Warm ups; Yondan and above Level Training

Sunday:     0900 – noon – Warm ups; Technique training, large and small group

2:00 – 4:00 – Warm ups; Technique training, large and small group

Please remember that anyone of a higher rank can and should participate in the group training for levels below their rank if they are able.  Students are also encouraged to practice on their own or in small groups in the gym while Kuda Shinshi is leading the designated group training.  Directors and Instructors will be available to help as needed.

This year, for lunch I highly recommend patronizing the cafe at “Pastries by Raphael”, 319 Minnesota Ave.  Since our members, The Aylesworths, are no longer in the restaurant business, I thought it would be a good idea to patronize former students who own “Pastries By Raphael”.  The owners (The Sweeney’s) have generously offered 1/2 off for seminar participants, not only for lunch, but also for breakfast.  Just tell your server and/or whomever is working the cash register that you are with the Karate Seminar.  The one drawback is that they are not open on Sunday, so we will have to chose another of the many fine restaurants in Bemidji.  I heard good things about “Big Apple Bagels” from last year.

For our Sunday post – seminar supper, I have made a reservation @ “The Green Mill”, 1025 Paul Bunyan Dr.  If you are not familiar with Bemidji, this is the restaurant attached to The Hampton Inn right on the lake.  We will have the room closest to the lake for our gathering.  The reservation is in my name, so when you get there, just tell the host/hostess that you are with the Fred Ettish group.  You are free to order any items off of their extensive menu.  I have always had a good experience when dining there, and am confident you will as well.  You will be billed individually and there are no special price considerations for this.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and having three days of excellent training.





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Online Obituaries for the Seattle WA Area



James Edward Knoblet

December 20, 1946 – May 05, 2014

In Loving Memory

James (Jim) Edward Knoblet, 67years young, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on May 5, 2014 in Seattle, WA. He and his wife, Suzanne have been long time residents of the community. Jim was born in Cass City, Michigan on December 20, 1946. Jim was raised on the family cattle farm in Cass City that had been in the family for 4 generations. The Knoblet family was one of the founding fathers of the farming community there. Jim was a superb athlete, lettering in most sports all of his young adult life. He was a recipient of the Paul Smarks Award for Scholarship, Athletics and Citizenship at Cass City High School. After graduating from high school, Jim continued his athletic pursuits, playing Catcher position on Erla’s Softball Team winning the Class C Michigan State Softball championship. Jim received a 4 year academic scholarship to Albion College in Michigan and was all Conference Linebacker in his senior year there. Jim studied at Grenoble University in France for a period of time and was a member of the French Alpine Guild, doing hiking and mountain climbing for recreation. Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society. He won numerous honors in sports and academics in High School and College, too numerous to note here. Jim graduated from Albion with a Bachelors degree/dual majors European History and French. Shortly afterwards, Jim joined the Navy thinking he’d be on a ship in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman, seeing the world and ended up a Hospital Corpsman in Key West, Florida working in the
Intensive Care Unit and the Psychiatric Ward because of his size! He was later moved to Administration, ordering supplies and foods necessary for the hospital. Jim served in the Navy for 4 years, winning the Presidents Award running 100 miles in a month in the hot, Florida sun. It was during this time that Jim met Bruce Lisle, who would become Jim’s Sensi in Sho Ba Con Karate. Jim said you could go to the bar and get drunk, you could go to the dog track and lose your week’s wages or you could find Karate and get some good exercise. Jim and Suzanne met in Bruce Lisle’s Sho Ba Con Karate class in Key West, fell in love and were married shortly after they moved to Seattle, WA where Jim continued his studies.
Upon leaving Key West and the Navy, Jim was accepted at the University of Washington as a 5th year Russian language student and joined the Army ROTC there. Dissatisfied with the program there, Jim was accepted into the MBA program at Seattle University and graduated with his MBA in Marketing and Accounting. He held various positions and retired as a Major (Commander, Training Officer, US Army Reserves). Jim retired with 20 years of service. Jim held many career positions before finally finding his niche with the Social Security Administration in Auburn, WA and retired there 2 years ago. All during this time, Jim was working diligently at the second love of his life, Karate, teaching usually 4 classes a week, at night after working all day. Jim taught Karate for 44 years at his dojo and was still teaching when he passed away. In the early 2000′s Jim was asked to be a judge at the International Okinawan Karate Competitions in Okinawa which was quite an honor. Jim was a member of Japan America Society, Regional Director of the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kenpo Karate Kobudo Association. He was 8th degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu, 7th degree black belt Kobudo, 7th degree black belt Okinawan Kobudo, 3th degree black belt in Arnis and a number of other Black Belt degrees. On November 10, 2012, Jim was honored by induction into the U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame for Golden Anniversary Achievement by the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association Inc Grandmaster John C. Kanzler/Soke Executive Director.
In later years Jim and Suzanne joined Haller Lake United Methodist Church in Seattle and Jim worked tirelessly on many committees, taught Sunday School, was in charge of the Service Committee, picking up all donated items of food/clothing/incidentals and delivering to the food banks, Mary Magdalene, special offerings. He volunteered at the Lake City Food Bank, supported Tent City Three in any function they needed. Jim was deeply religious and believed in giving back, helping out anywhere he could without having to be asked, often times. Jim devoted his life to helping others. He attended weekly bible study and was a member of the church Men’s Club. Jim and Suzanne donated time and effort to thier Pea Patch and collectively with other 10×10 gardens, donated over 1800 lbs of fresh vegetables to the local food bank in their community last year.
Jim was preceded in death by his Mother, Eva Mae Pierce Knoblet, his Father, Frederick Edward Knoblet and most recently his younger brother, Timothy Lee Knoblet this past August. He is survived by his loving wife, Esther Suzanne Knoblet and his middle brother Gerald Knoblet and his loving wife Linda, Aunt Rita Hutchinson and Aunt Ruth Dorman, Nephews and Nieces Donald Knoblet, Jamie and Heather Byrum and Benjamin and Angie Knoblet. Sister in Law, E. Arnette Rattleff, Nieces Rebecca Rattleff and Carolyn Rattleff Blankenship, great nieces and nephews Michael Rattleff, Anthony Rattleff, Corey Rattleff, Johnathon Eaton, Emma Blankenship and Camryn Blankenship. Jim also has a great great Nephew, Brayden Rattleff.

Funeral Information

Jim’s memorial celebration will be held at Haller Lake United Methodist Church on June 28 time pending. Anyone wishing to send flowers or donate in remembrance of Jim, please send them to or make checks payable to Haller Lake United Methodist Church.

Donations Information

Anyone wishing to send flowers or donate in remembrance of Jim, please send them to or make checks payable to Haller Lake United Methodist Church.



The only further information I have at this time regarding Jim Shinshi is this link to the funeral home in charge of his arrangements.  If/when I get further information, I will post it asap.

Very Sad, Tragic News

May 7th, 2014

I have just learned that Jim Knoblet Shinshi has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  For all who knew Jim, you understand that he was a truly great man.  He was a long – standing, loyal student to both Kuda Yuichi No Tanmei and Kuda Tomosada Shinshi.  Jim Shinshi served our Association well for decades.  He was also a truly kind, caring, man who was devoted to his family and always put them before himself.  Jim Shinshi will be missed by us all greatly.  If anyone wants to send cards, memorials, etc., the address would be 12356 1st Ave. NE, Seattle, WA  98125.  I have no solid information on a memorial service, but will post it when and if I get it.

The tentative dates for this year’s seminar are 19 – 21 September.  I emphasize that these dates are as yet tentative as the tickets for Kuda Shinshi have not been bought as of this writing.   Also tentative, is that the location will remain the campus of Oak Hills Christian College.  I am confident that the dates are solid enough for preliminary planning purposes.

The format for this year’s seminar will be different than that of years past.   Although the exact breakdown for the Saturday session has yet to be finalized, the format will look very similar to the following:

Friday:  Unchanged from years past:  Morning session (0900 – Noon) – empty hand kata review; Afternoon session (2:00 – 5:00 ) –  koubudo kata review; Evening session (7:00 – 9:00) – work in small groups on either empty hand or koubudo kata.

Saturday:  After group exercises, stretching and warm up drills, training will be broken up into time periods to focus on kata or techniques for specific ranks.  For example; we will focus on white belts and yellow belts until 10:30; from 10:30 until 12:00 we will focus on Green Belts; from 2:00 until 3:30 we will focus on Brown Belts; from 3:30 until 5:00 we will focus on Shodans, Nidans, and Sandans; from 7:00 until 9:00 we will focus on Yondans and above. These groups will be led by Kuda Shinshi.  All students are welcome and, in fact expected, to attend the entire day on Saturday, not just during the session when his/her group is being focused on.  Senior Instructors and Directors will be available throughout the day to assist any and all students with material appropriate to his/her rank when their group is not the one being taught by Kuda Shinshi.  Additionally, students may be included in any group training focused on ranks below theirs with the understanding that the material taught will be appropriate to the rank group being focused on (i.e. Shodans may participate in any group up to and including the Shodan/Nidan/Sandan group; Brown Belts may participate in any group up to and including the Brown Belt group, etc.)

Sunday:  Unchanged from the past few years:  0900 – Noon – Technique training with partners led by Kuda Shinshi; 2:00 – 4:00 – More technique training and also review.

Sunday Evening:  Post – Seminar Supper – Location to be decided.

Please continue to monitor this site occasionally for updates, changes, etc.

2014 Seminar Lodging Info

January 7th, 2014

I received an email from Ruttger’s indicating that they are getting a high volume of requests for reservations for the weekend of 18 – 20 Sept. this year.   That is the most likely weekend for our annual seminar, although it has not been 100% confirmed at this point.   I suggest that if you are planning on attending seminar this year and plan on staying at Ruttger’s, that you contact them asap and make a reservation.   You can always change it later if necessary, and as usual, I will let everyone know when I have the confirmed dates for the seminar.
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2013 Seminar Wrap Up

September 29th, 2013

The 2013 Seminar with Kuda Tomosada Shinshi was held 20 – 23 September on the Campus of Oak Hills Christian College in Bemdiji, MN. Participants attended from Washington (State), Texas, Indiana, New York State, several Minnesota locations, The Palz (although most people think the Palz is a region of Germany, it is quite the opposite. Germany is actually a sub – region of The Palz), and of course, Okinawa, Japan.

The training was outstanding and much ground was covered with Empty Hand and Koubudo Kata on Friday, a Kata Tournament on Saturday, and Waza (Technique) training on Sunday.

Starting next year, the Seminar format will be different than in years past, and there will not be a tournament. Keep an eye on this website, as details concerning this and other changes within our Association will be outlined.

Below are pictured the individuals who won medals in this year’s tournament (photo courtesy of Reed Anderson with an assist from Bob Finley). Congratulations to them all, but also congratulations to all who participated whether they took home a medal or not. Although it is nice to get the hardware, we should always keep in mind that the purpose of our training is to do the best we can do and improve ourselves and our techniques. It is the learning, preparation, and improvement that is important. If in doing so you win a medal, good. If you do not, it is still good. Always remember that our Dojo Kun says “To master the way is not a race against others. Race against yourself.”.

2013 Tournament Info

July 28th, 2013

This year, the kata requirements for the tournament portion of the seminar will be as follows:

Karate No Kata

Green Belts: Niseidi Nidan + 1 Elective Kata

Brown Belts: Niseidi Sandan + 1 Elective Kata

Shodan/Nidan: Niseidi Yondan + 1 Elective Kata

Sandan/Yondan: Niseidi Godan + 1 Elective Kata

Godan/Rokudan: 2 Elective Katas

Koubudo No Kata:

Shodan/Nidan: Kuda Nu Nitanbo + 1 Elective Kata

Sandan/Yondan: Koubukan Eaku + 1 Elective Kata

Godan/Rokudan: 2 Elective Kata

As this year will be the last time for the foreseeable future that we will be including a kata tournament during our seminar weekend, we very much would like to see a high turnout.

The 2013 Seminar with Kuda Tomosada Shinshi will be held 20 – 22 September in Bemidji, MN.  The site for this year will be the same as it has been for some time now, the campus of Oak Hills Christian College.   There will be a kata tournament again this year on Saturday the 21st.  This will likely be the last kata tournament for some time.

As more information becomes available and/or confirmed, it will be provided on this site.