Sensei Iha, Mark and Roberto

Beikoku Shidokan National Training Seminar

 

Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan
Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Da

This year’s Beikoku Shidokan National Training Seminar will be held July 31 and August 1. Normally, NTS is held in Lansing, Michigan. This year Sensei Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, will hold a virtual seminar so you can attend from your home! Sensei Masatoshi Miyazato, 10th Dan, from Argentina will also attend! Each day will have one 2-hour long training session.

Just imagine, you get to train with two 10th Degree Karate Masters while attending only one event and you don’t even have to leave town!

We may set up so you can participate from the dojo so we can correct or improve your techniques giving you the maximum training benefit of this one of a kind event.

 

Please contact me for more details as they become available.

 

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979.  He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students.

   

A retired Foreign Service Officer who concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective often brutal, pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

Roberto is a member of the Mid-West Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017; “Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018; “Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

 

Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310

virginia okinawan karate

Outdoor Classes Resume Saturday June 20 @ 9 AM

Outdoor Classes Resume Saturday, June 20 at 9 AM in the parking lot at 6416 Grovedale Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310

We will follow Virginia social distancing guidelines. Masks will be worn and 10′ will separate all participants during the class.

virginia okinawan karatePlease maintain a 6′ distance from others before and after class.

Everyone will have their temperature checked.

 

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979.  He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students. He is also a certified in Martial Arts Fitness Instruction and in Self Defense Instruction.

As a retired Foreign Service Officer Roberto now concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many people call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective often brutal, pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

Roberto is a member of the Mid West Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017; “Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018; “Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

 

Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310

 

OutDoor Karate Class Protocol

Our Outdoor Classes Begin July 20 at 9 AM. 

Outdoor Class Protocol

Check-in policy:

  • The parking lot will be our check in point.
  • Please arrive 10-minutes prior to your scheduled class
  • follow 6’ distancing protocol
  • The check in will consist of recording a temperature check (using a digital infrared non-touch thermometer) and taking attendance.
  • We are asking all students to check their temperature before leaving their house. If you have a temperature above 99.6-degrees, please don’t come to class!
  • All students will wear a facemask!

Your Health Check Prior to Class

  • IF you have:
  • Sniffles,
  • sneezing,
  • sore throat,
  • cough,
  • temperature above 99.6-degrees,
  • If You Have any of these symptoms PLEASE DON’T COME TO CLASS!

You May Wish to Bring with you:

  • Face masks (mandatory)
  • Shoes (We will be in the parking lot)
  • Sunglasses 
  • Hat
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle 
  • Personal bag for your stuff

We have marked the parking lot at 10’ intervals during class to avoid possible contamination.

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979.  He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students. He is also a certified in Martial Arts Fitness Instruction and in Self Defense Instruction.

As a retired Foreign Service Officer Roberto now concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many people call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective often brutal, pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

Roberto is a member of the Mid West Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017; “Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018; “Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

 

Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310

Demon Hands Buddha Heart

Demon Hands Buddha Heart in Alexandria Karate Dojo

Demon Hands Buddha Heart in Alexandria Karate Dojo

Demon Hands Buddha Heart
Demon Hands Buddha Heart

 

I took a picture of this scroll in Sensei Katsuya Miyahria’s dojo when I visited in 2018. I had seen it in old pictures of movies from his dojo but I didn’t know what was written on it.  Before visiting the dojo I starting looking up the meaning and checking to ensure my interpretation was correct. This scroll is still hanging in Katsuya Miyahira’s dojo near the ceiling while facing the Dojo Shoman (front).  This scroll inspired hundreds, thousands of Shidokan karate practitioners in Miyahira’s dojo for decades.

This saying represents so well not only Sensei Miyahira and Sensei Iha. But I trained with, and had many discussions in Spanish, with Shoei Miyazato, 10th Dan who developed the Shidokan Dojo and Association in Cordoba, Argentina, as well as, Koichi Nakazone, 9th Dan, now heading up Sui De (the old Okinawan name for Karate). They both trained with Miyahira in his dojo. All four of them represented the scroll’s Kanji: “Demon Hands, Buddha Heart”. They are/were all strong and powerful karateka, yet extremely humble and gentle people, too. People to admire and attempt to emulate.

The words really inspire me. Isn’t this what we are all trying to develop with our karate training? I hope these kanji inspire you as they do me.

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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Roberto began studying martial arts in 1969 at Michigan State University.  He studied Judo,  Kung Fu and various styles of Karate.  He started studying with now Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu in 1979 upon returning to MSU from Paraguay for graduate studies. He continues to train with Sensei Iha until now and is one of Iha’s senior students.

   

During Roberto’s long-term overseas assignments stationed as a Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat), he trained US Embassy Security Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives, and people just like you.  When stationed in the Washington, DC area he also always built a cadre of dedicated Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate students.  Now retired from the Foreign Service he concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA.

Roberto’s Northern Virginia karate students convinced him to rent a more permanent location for his Karate instruction instead of wandering from building to building renting out space on an hourly basis in School gymnasiums and Churchs. In 2017 he and his students decided upon a unique space in an Alexandria office condominium complex. His students have built the office into an outstanding training space evoking the sense and feel of a traditional Okinawan Karate Dojo. In addition to karate training in Alexandria, many students drop by just to meditate, or for Yoga or Tai Chi classes. Feel Free to drop by even if just to see the dojo space!

Many people call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking.

Roberto is a member of the East Coast Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017.

“Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018

“Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019

“Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

In addition to English, Roberto speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and some Guarani, Portuguese and Japanese.

 

Virginia Dojo

6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310