Following are the testing requirements up to First Degree Black Belt (Shodan) Testing Requirements To test for the following rank, you must know the following: 7th Kyu White Belt, Yellow Stripe Kihon Kata 1 – 5 Naihanchin Shodan Chart 1 6th Kyu Yellow Belt Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan Kumite 1 – 3 Chart 2 5th Read More

Seikichi Iha 10th Dan

Learn to Teach Like a Grand Master In Buenos Aires there is a common saying that there are two types of people in the world; those that can be a waiter in a restaurant and those that can’t. Hopefully, you never get the opportunity to appreciate a task-challenged waiter in person. It can turn an Read More

Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan

The following are Grand Master Seikichi Iha’s general remarks regarding Black Belt Testing. 1. Proper kata, makiwara, and partner practice are at the heart of Shorin ryu. This is why each examination has three parts. 2. During individual kata demonstrations one must balance between complete exhaustion and a lack of outpower. Sensei says this balance Read More

Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan with Virginia Dojo Members 2015

One of the first things my instructor (now an Internationally Renown Karate Grandmaster and recognized by the Japanese Government as an Okinawan Intangible Cultural Treasure for his Karate Teaching, Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan) showed me for self defense was to put my back supporting foot into position before worrying about a punch or kick hurtling Read More

Virginia Dojo Class times

We held Outdoor Karate Classes in 13 Degree Wind Chill Weather. Now that it is warming up again, we will still hold outdoor classes to avoid the Virus ensuring everyone’s safety. A couple students wanted to hold class indoors despite the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health’s Covid Guidance. Yet that would expose all Read More