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.

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.

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


Below are guidelines for which kata to teach at each rank level.  Please note that the katas are listed so that the kata is to be taught to the rank listed, not for advancement to the next rank.




KATA NAME                                       RANK AT WHICH TAUGHT


NAIHANCHI SHODAN                    9 KYU


PINAN NIDAN                                    8 KYU


PINAN SHODAN                               7 KYU


NISEIDI SHODAN                            6 KYU


NAIHANCHI NIDAN                        6 KYU


NISEIDI NIDAN                                 5 KYU


PINAN SANDAN                                4 KYU


NISEIDI SANDAN                             4 KYU


PAISAI SHO                                        3 KYU


PINAN YONDAN                               3 KYU


NAIHANCHI SANDAN                    2 KYU


PINAN GODAN                                 2 KYU


PAISAI DAI                                         1 KYU


NISEIDI YONDAN                           1 KYU


NISEIDI GODAN                              SHODAN


CHINTO                                              SHODAN


GOJUSHIHO                                    NIDAN




KUSHANKU                                     SANDAN


ROHAI                                               YONDAN


KOUBUDI                                       YONDAN

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


These are the official guidelines for minimum time – in – grade for promotions.  The hours listed are minimum hours spent training in an Association dojo, under the supervision of a Shidouin or higher level instructor.  It is stressed that these are minimum requirements, and that promotions should not be considered automatic once one has met these minimum hourly requirements.  The Shidouin or higher level instructor will determine when the student has met ALL requirements for advancement in rank, not only the minimum hourly training requirements:


10 – 9 Kyu     40 hours

9 – 8 Kyu      40 more hours

8 – 7 Kyu      40 more hours

7 – 6 Kyu      60 more hours

6 – 5 Kyu      60 more hours

5 – 4 Kyu      60 more hours

4 – 3 Kyu      80 more hours

3 – 2 Kyu      80 more hours

2 – 1 Kyu      80 more hours

Shodan        All of the above requirements must have been met, and the individual must have at least 3 years total training time.

Nidan          At least 1 year after Shodan.

Sandan       At least 2 years after Nidan.

Yondan      At least 3 years after Nidan.

Godan        At least 4 years after Yondan.

Rokudan   At least 5 years after Godan.  Must be at least 35 years old.

Nanadan  At least 6 years after Rokudan.  Must be at least 40 years old.

Hachidan At least 7 years after Nanadan.  Must be at least 47 years old.

Kudan       At least 8 years after Hachidan.  Must be at least 56 years old.

Judan        At least 9 years after Kudan.  Must be at least 65 years old.

Some exceptions to these requirements may be made if a person is well trained in karatedo.

Shidouin, and Shidouin Hosa certificates are not automatic with rank.  These certificates will be granted only to those who are actively instructing and/or assisting in a dojo.  Shidouin Hosa is possible at Nidan, while Shidouin is possible at Sandan.

Promotions to Godan and  above must be approved by Kuda Tomosada, Kaicho, and at least one other Director who is not the Director of the individual being considered for promotion.  These promotions/evaluations will occur at annual seminars.