pinan Shodan

Literary Meaning Pervasively used in Beikoku Shidokan as Kata Japanese word for shape/model/form, used for prearranged sequences with moves For practicing structured curriculum; used for identifying prearranged sequences of moves. Sensei Iha’s teaching, “Kata is the foundational form by which the body develops proper posture, breathing, balance, flexibility, and unified muscle/tendon/hip control for maximum power.” 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