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.

Kuda Shinshi 2015 SemRegForm copy

The dates for this year’s seminar with Kuda Shinshi are 18 – 20 September.  The seminar will again be held on the campus of Oak Hills Christian College just south of Bemidji, MN.
Although I am not prepared to say exactly what changes will be in the actual seminar schedule, some things have and continue to be discussed.  Just as a preliminary “heads up” BUT NOT FOR SURE, it is likely that we will do away with the evening session in favor of perhaps somewhat extended morning and afternoon sessions, and a shortened lunch break.  Kuda Shinshi has some ideas that we are discussing about formatting the training so that he gets to spend even more time with small groups.
As details are decided upon, I will continue to post them here.
Thank you.
In Karatedo:

2014 Seminar Summary

October 5th, 2014

The 2014 annual seminar with Kuda Tomosoda Shinshi was held 19 – 21 September on the campus of beautiful Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN.  The weather was favorable again this year, and the seminar participants were treated to a new seminar format and much new material from Kuda Shinshi.

On Friday, the kata of Matsumura Kenpo (Karate and Koubudo) were reviewed and some corrections and adjustments were made.  On Saturday, all seminar participants got small group instruction from Kuda Shinshi on material appropriate to their rank.   Instructors who had students in the groups were encouraged to observe so as to understand what was being taught to their students, in the hope that upon returning to their respective dojos, they would continue to practice and build upon what was introduced.  While this was going on, students practiced in groups on material of their choice, led by Directors and high level Instructors. On Sunday, more time was spent working on various topics by all seminar participants together.

Some of the topics covered by Kuda Shinshi were:  What to do after blocking, i.e. thinking about follow up techniques to create smooth transitions in bunkai as well as building upon ippon kumite; Strength, conditioning, and flexibility training; proper stances and use of those stances; many stepping drills including when and how to use the different types of stepping/footwork; numerous hojo undo (supplementary training) drills using the bo in conjunction with bricks, concrete blocks, etc. to develop functional strength and stamina; some different warm up drills, and much other detailed instruction.   All who attended should have learned new material to work and improve on, as well as some fine tuning on kata and techniques that they have previously learned.

For the seminar in 2015, look for some more changes in format, and more new material.  Planning and discussion has already begun regarding this.  All Matsumura Kenpo Association members are strongly urged to attend the annual seminar if at all possible, especially Instructors and Directors.  Much new material is being covered, and if Instructors and Directors are not present they will fall behind, and this results in their students missing out on important aspects of our style.  Dojo Instructors are also strongly urged to keep in contact with their Directors and schedule training time with them in between annual seminars with Kuda Shinshi.   We are striving to bring up the overall level of quality and consistency within our group, and this can not be accomplished without regular, consistent contact and “hands on” training.


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.

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.”.

Omedeto Gozaimasu to Nifedebiru

September 29th, 2012

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated and worked hard in the 2012 Annual Matsumura Kenpo Karate and Koubudo Seminar and Tournament.  Your hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the Association is always noted and appreciated.

Although last year was going to be the last year for the tournament portion, plans have changed (obviously) and there will be at least one more tournament next year.  Because of an increase in the higher ranks and per request from the visiting Germans, next year’s tournament will include a division for Godans and Rokudans.   Plans are also still being made for a kumite division at some point in the future.

As with every year after the seminar with Kuda Shinshi, we now have more things to work and improve upon.  Good health and hard training to all.

KATA NAME                                                RANK AT WHICH TAUGHT

BO KIHON NO KATA                               5 KYU

TUNFA KIHON NO KATA                      4 KYU

SAI KIHON NO KATA                              3 KYU

KAMA KIHON NO KATA                        2 KYU

BO JITSU                                                    1 KYU

KUDA NU NITANBO                                SHODAN

RENSHI NO TONFA                                 SHODAN

SAKUGAWA NO KUN                              NIDAN

KOUBUKAN NICHOGAMA                     NIDAN

SUKUGA NO SAI                                       SANDAN

KOUBUKAN EAKU                                  SANDAN

KUDA NU NICHOGAMA                        YONDAN

Some minor deviations to these guidelines are acceptable, however major deviations are not.

The following are Assn. Guidelines for teaching kata to youths.  These are optional.  A dojo/instructor can choose to follow the same guidelines as those listed for adults if they feel that to be more appropriate.  It is felt that the below guidelines are a bit easier and perhaps more fun for youth and that it may aide in the teaching/learning process and student retention.  They are offered as an alternative



KATA  NAME                                                              RANK AT WHICH TAUGHT


PINAN NIDAN                                                           9 KYU


PINAN SHODAN                                                      8 KYU


NISEIDI SHODAN                                                   7 KYU


NISEIDI NIDAN                                                       6 KYU


PINAN SANDAN                                                      6 KYU


NISEIDI SANDAN                                                    5 KYU


NAIHANCHI SHODAN                                          4 KYU


NAIHANCHI NIDAN                                               4 KYU


PAISAI SHO                                                                3 KYU


PINAN YONDAN                                                       3 KYU


PINAN GODAN                                                          2 KYU


NAIHANCHI SANDAN                                           2 KYU


NISEIDI YONDAN                                                   1 KYU


PAISAI DAI                                                                1 KYU