January 23rd, 2011
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.
July 27th, 2014
June 8th, 2014
Online Obituaries for the Seattle WA Area
James Edward Knoblet
In Loving Memory
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.
May 11th, 2014
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.
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.
April 13th, 2014
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.
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.
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.”.
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.
January 20th, 2013
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.
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.