Sunday, January 30, 2011

Brian Kaneshiro

Last Tuesday Brian Kaneshiro passed his Yellow Belt test. His techniques were clean and energetic. And his Uke, Ernesto, looked very fierce.

Congratulations Brian

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

22nd Black Belt

This last Saturday January 8th, 2011 Jeremy Johnston became the 22nd Black Belt to successfully pass the incredibly difficult test Yamashita Sensei has created.

Sensei Johann placed Jeremy on the spot right after the test by requesting an impromptu speech. Here is what was said:

"As many of you know, I've spent a lifetime in the martial arts. I started when I was very young. And several of the people who are here now and have known me for 25, almost 30 years, have seen my strugle through the martial arts. I am by no means a natural. I've struggled through every little bit of it.

About 16 to 17 years ago I had a major set back, I broke my hip. That's what brought me to Mits. I had seen Mits, actually through Soo Bahk Do. Master Duncan here and Mr. Greco were kind enough to work with me back then quite a bit and we knew Mits through Soo Bahk Do. He holds a second degree in Soo Bahk Do, of course It was called Tang So Do back then. But anyway, I saw how beautifully Mits moved and how it focused on the hip. And back then I was on my cane a couple times a year at least. And I dont even have a cane anymore. Aikido strengthened my hip. Aikido made me able to continue the martial arts, and I'm so glad I never ever stopped, because it formed this family that we have here.

And a few years back when the Dojo looked like it might go away, I said nooo. Couldn't have that. And so many of you guys, Andrew, Jay, Sean. All of you pitched in. We bult this home for ourselves. Everybody here chipped in and you are still chipping in by being here for us. You're the ones that keep this place, and my love for the martial arts going. So Thank You all!"

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First class of 2011

We had a great class! Everyone was energetic and eager to start the year off right. Sensei Larry, as usual, lead the class with grace. I can't thank him enough for all he does for us.

Just a reminder, there is a Black Belt Test this coming Saturday Jan 8. As a result the class will most likely be a short one to make room for the test.

The weather report says sunny skies and a high of 60°. Which is just about perfect for that much exercise.

Hope to see you all there.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!!

I'm posting baby New Year's picture to remind people of what he stands for. A sense of renewed spirit that 2011 will bring health, happiness and prosperity.

Let's all share that abundance together and with our friends, family, loved ones and colleagues.