Two students tested for the level of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Kobudo (traditional weapons) at the International Karate Kobudo Federation’s 31st Annual Training, July 10-12, 2015.
Shidoin Timothy Cunningham and Sempai John Cunningham were evaluated for rank on Friday evening, after a six-hour seminar. The young men were required to demonstrate eight different kata (forms), across four different weapons (bo, tunfa, sai, and nunchaku). They were then expected to perform bunkai for a kata of their choice. The term “bunkai” means “analysis” – the testing candidate is expected to study his/her kata and develop a reasonable idea of how the techniques within the form could be applied in a self-defense situation, and then demonstrate his/her analysis against a partner. For their bunkai kata, Tim selected the kata Odo no Nunchaku and John chose the kata Ko Bo.
On Saturday evening, at the Annual Banquet, Tim and John were promoted to the level of Shodan by Hanshi C. Bruce Heilman, the president of the IKKF. They received their official rank certificates and a patch for their Black Belts to indicate their status in Kobudo.
Both Tim and John have been leaders in our dojo, often teaching on both karate and kobudo. They are both athletes, honor-roll students, and excellent role models for the lower ranks. We are very proud of them both!
Congratulations, Tim and John!!
Karate Camp is a great opportunity for kids aged 7 through 14 to experience traditional karate training in a fun, safe environment. Participants will be exposed to traditional karate techniques, basic self-defense, and fund games and exercises.
Camp runs from 9am until noon during the week of August 3-7, 2015. Cost is $100 (a deposit of $25 reserves your space). Special discount – bring a friend and get 10% off!* Space is limited, so register soon!
*To qualify, your friend must not currently be a member of Rising Sun Martial Arts. The discount is 10% off for each friend that you bring – bring 10 friends and attend camp for free!!
On Sunday, May 3rd, our dojo hosted Hanshi C. Bruce Heilman and Hanshi Ann-Marie Heilman for a seminar on Okinawan Kenpo Kobudo. Over a little more than 5 hours, participants received instruction in Bo, Tunfa and Sai – several of whom learned new kata.
This was the Heilman’s third year attending the Shidokan tournament and offering a kobudo seminar the following day. It was their first visit to Rising Sun Martial Arts. We are pleased to announce that the seminar was full, with 22 students on the floor – 12 of which were from our dojo.
Many thanks to the Heilmans for a great seminar, as well as to all the participants who came to train and learn – especially those from our guest dojo: Focus Karate Academy, Porter Karate Academy, and Alpha Martial Arts Academy!