Friday, December 25, 2015

XMas & Demo Workout sessions

I enjoyed my X-Mas/Pre-Demo workout with Sensei Mits today. I hope everyone has a great time this year with friends and family.

Upcoming Pre-Demo Practice times:

Saturday 12:30pm
Monday 6pm
Tuesday 6pm
Possibly Wednesday 6pm

Please try to attend as many as possible so we can move well as a group.

Mike Jackson will video tape the demo and will be using my pickup truck and dolly for transporting the matts.

This Friday is the demo!!!
We will meet 10am double tree inn lobby.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Party

The annual Potluck Party is Saturday December 19th starting after class around 2 or 2:30

Please contact to let us know what you'll bring.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Oshogatsu Demonstration is coming

The Sanbukan Dojo has been officially chosen to demonstrate at the Oshogatsu Celebration (Japanese New Years)

Weller Court (Downtown LA, Little Tokyo)
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 617-3696

17th Annual Japanese New Year's 2016 Oshogatsu Festival held at downtown Weller Court Shopping Center and Japanese Village Plaza. Japanese art and entertainment will be center stage.

The Japanese New Years or "Oshogatsu" is one of the most important celebration for the Japanese.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California is hosting Oshogatsu (New Year) Event at Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

January 1, 2016

Waiting on an Updated Schedule for New Years.

Three Different Stage Downtown Los Angeles Locations
Weller Court Schedule
10:50 am - 11:30 am: Opening Ceremonies - Weller Court

Japanese Village Schedule
11:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Japanese Village Plaza Program

Frances Hashimoto Plaza (near Japanese Plaza)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taiko Drums
Martial Arts performance
Sake Breaking ceremony
Lion Dances
Folk Music and Dance
Japanese Calligraphy
Mochi pounding
Booths: Kite making & Origami teaching
Food booths

Three Locations in Little Tokyo
1) Weller Court Shopping Center
2) Japanese Village Plaza
3) Frances Hashimoto Plaza (near Japanese Plaza)

Location:Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pass and Certification

This last Saturday was a very busy day for The Dojo.  Dane Crockford retested for his Nikyu.  He failed his initial test over a year ago and has been working extemely hard to make sure his retest was great.  And I believe he pretty much nailed it. If you'd like to see for yourself, here is a link to the footage taken by yours truly.  Dane's Nikyu Test .  Way to go Dane!!! Only 2 more steps to Black Belt.

Also Patrick Reed was officially awarded his Certificate for Shodan (First degree Black Belt) by Sensei Mits.  Patrick is only the 26th person promoted to Black Belt under Sensei.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima Thursday to mark 70 years since the atomic bombing that helped end World War II but still divides opinion today over whether the total destruction it caused was justified.

Bells tolled as a solemn crowd observed a moment of silence at 8:15 am local time (2315 GMT), when the detonation turned the western Japanese city into an inferno, killing thousands instantly and leaving others to die a slow death with horrible injuries.

Children, elderly survivors and delegates representing 100 countries were in attendance with many placing flowers in front of the cenotaph at Peace Memorial Park in downtown Hiroshima.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and under-secretary for arms control Rose Gottemoeller, the most senior Washington official ever sent to the service, were in attendance.

"As the only country ever attacked by an atomic bomb... we have a mission to create a world without nuclear arms," Abe told the crowd.

"We have been tasked with conveying the inhumanity of nuclear weapons, across generations and borders."

The premier said his country would submit a fresh resolution to abolish nuclear weapons at the UN general assembly later this year.

This year's memorial comes just days ahead of the scheduled restart of a nuclear reactor in southern Japan -- the first one to go back on line after two years of complete hiatus following the tsunami-sparked disaster at Fukushima in 2011.

While Abe's government has pushed to switch reactors back on, public opposition to atomic power remains high after Fukushima, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Doves fly over the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima, western Japan Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows in front of the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima, western Japan Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.

People walk past the Atomic Bomb Dome beside Peace Memorial Park at sunset in Hiroshima on August 5, 2015

People visit the Peace Memorial Park to pray for victims of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima on August 5, 2015

Abe, a strident nationalist, has also been criticized at home for his efforts to expand the role of pacifist Japan's Self-Defense Forces, changes that could open the door to putting troops into combat for the first time since the end of the war.

The moves caused a fresh stir as defense minister Gen Nakatani admitted Wednesday that new security laws being debated in parliament could -- in theory -- allow for Japan to transport nuclear weapons to allies. He quickly dismissed that idea as unlikely, however.

- 'Absolute evil' -

On Thursday, Hiroshima's mayor Kazumi Matsui said nuclear weapons were an "absolute evil", as he urged the world to put an end to them forever.

"Now is the time to start taking action," Matsui said.

An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped a bomb, dubbed "Little Boy", on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Nearly everything around it was incinerated, with the ground level hit by a wall of heat up to 4,000 degrees Celsius -- hot enough to melt steel.

"It was a white, silvery flash," Hiroshima survivor Sunao Tsuboi, 90, told AFP before Thursday's memorial.

"I don't know why I survived and lived this long. The more I think about it... the more painful it becomes to recall."

About 140,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the attack, including those who survived the bombing itself but died in the following days, weeks and months.

On August 9, the port city of Nagasaki was also attacked with an atomic bomb, killing more than 70,000 people.

Japan surrendered days later -- on August 15, 1945 -- bringing the war to a close.

Opinion remains divided over whether the twin attacks were justified.

While some historians say that they prevented many more casualties in a planned land invasion, critics counter that the attacks were not necessary to end the war, arguing that Japan was already heading for imminent defeat.

- 'Did the right thing' -

Dropping the bombs, which were developed under strict secrecy, was hugely popular with war-weary Americans at the time -- and 70 years on, a majority today still think it was the right thing to do.

Fifty-six percent of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center in February said using the atomic bomb on Japanese cities was justified, compared to 79 percent of Japanese respondents who said it was not.

Paul Tibbets, who piloted the Enola Gay, said he never had any second thoughts about dropping the bomb, telling a newspaper in an interview in 2002, five years before his death: "I knew we did the right thing".

Washington, which has been a close ally of Tokyo since the war, has never officially apologised for the bombings.

Leaked diplomatic cables from 2009 suggested that the Japanese government had rebuffed the idea of a US apology and a visit to Hiroshima by President Barack Obama.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Party date is set !!!

May 2nd Potluck/Paquio/Mayweather/Birthday Party

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Party time update

Hello Everyone,
Sensei Mits's birthday is April 10th!!!
Sensei has requested that his birthday party be delayed for a few weeks because he has a wedding to attend on April 11th and is going to be out of town on the weekend of April 18-19.

I will post the new party date and details once I have them, stay tuned!