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.
August 9th, 2015
June 7th, 2015
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.
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.
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.”.
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.
October 9th, 2011
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.
October 9th, 2011
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
MATSUMURA KENPO ASSN. KARATE NO KATA – RANK GUIDELINES – YOUTH (OPTIONAL)
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