Last December, Roland Figgs-Renshi, the head of Ryusei
Karate-Do U.S.A., and his student, Dusty Stalcup, travelled
to Japan to participate in the 18th Ryusei-Hai Tournament
and Instructors Clinic in Katsukabe, Saitama in Japan.
At the tournament, Figgs-Renshi provided his able officiating
expertise, honed by his years as a successful
For his part, Dusty was the lone American competitor
in the Japanese tournament. He faced a tough brand
of kumite, with full-contact hand strikes allowed to
the body, as well as full-contact kicks to the head
and body. When the dust had settled, Dusty did his
dojo proud, winning second place in kumite, second
in the Chinto kata division, third in open kata and
second in weapons.
Congratulations, Dusty. Below are some pictures documenting