RANK AND REWARD

When the Father of Canadian Karate, Tsurouka Masami sensei, returned from Japan in late 1957 and began teaching, he used a different rank model than the one employed today. Students advanced from white, to green, brown, and eventually, black belt. When I started practicing Chito-ryu, the system expanded to six kyu: white, yellow, orange,...

SEISHINKAN’S 4 LEVELS

For decades, I resisted any and all attempts to define the Northern Karate system in simplistic terms. What martial art do you teach? Karate? Certainly. What style? We practice Shurite forms….and Nahate kata…and Hakutsuru and Nipai. Kobudo? Yes. What type? Matayoshi…and Ryukyu…and Yamani…and Mura. Some BJJ/MMA? Absolutely. What about Indonesian and Filipino combat systems?...

What’s your Ikigai?

Ikigai can be described as the food or fuel of life.  It is similar to what the French call raison d’être, a “reason to live”, and rather than merely surviving, making your earthly existence a work of art. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535 –475 BCE) used the word logos to illustrate principle, plan, formula...