The Way to Japan

Most of us cast ourselves as heroes in our life stories. To achieve this exalted status usually requires us to ignore some inconvenient truths and put a spin on others. I usually present my decision to test for my 6th degree black belt in Japan like this: Sakamoto-Sensei had just finished an embukai (demonstration) where…

The Chinese Connection

Here is a copy of an essay I wrote on the technical theory of Ryusei karate. I haven’t marked this up for the Web, since I have included parts of it in other Ryushu articles (such as Hard to be Soft). Click here to see a PDF of The Chinese Connection. —Peter GiffenBarrie Ryusei Karate

Canada in 2007

We would like to greet and wish all the best for 2007 to Ryusei karateka in Japan, the United States and Australia. In Canada, over the next year, we intend to pursue our course of technical development that includes a series of special clinics and production of a technical manual. We hold three official clinics…

Scenes with O-Sensei

Food For ThoughtIn the course of my karate training, I made three pilgrimages to live at the home of and train with Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898-1984), 10th dan master and founder of Chito-Ryu karate: in 1977, 1979 and 1980. Each time I was humbled by the master’s openness and generosity, letting young, ignorant foreigners intrude on…

Ryusei Technical Manual Translation

The Ryusei Karate-Do Technical manual is currently being translated from Japanese to English by James and Sonoko Hatch, Canadians currently living in Fukoka, Japan. Since the manual contains Sakamoto-Sensei’s advanced training concepts, described in complex kanji, the process of translaton and editing is laborious and slow. Many thanks to James and Sonoko for all their…

Hard to be Soft

When I was a young man training at the Chito-Ryu hombu in Kumamoto, Japan, O-Sensei (Tsuyoshi Chitose) would often stop a class to check our stances. He would go around to test leg muscles and exhort the students to use more shime (closing or contracting tension). Before going to Japan in 1977 and ’79, I…

New Technical Advisor

Ryusei Karate-Do Canada is proud to announce that Ted Jungblut-Sensei has agreed to become a special technical advisor to our group. Jungblut-Sensei is one of the best karate fighters and technicians that Canada has ever produced.He is currently a rokudan (6th degree black belt) in the Tsuruoka Karate Federation and also holds yondan (4th degree…

Canada’s plans for 2004.

In 2004, we in Canada plan to practise what we learned in 2003. Last October, we were visited by Sakamoto-Sensei, accompanied by his students Sakai-Shihan and Mr. Nishizaka, for a series of clinics in Ontario. The week of training gave us enough to work on for a long time to come. The clinics were attended…

A New Year, a New Organization.

Our organization, the Ryusei Karate-Do Federation, is now simply called Ryusei Karate-Do. (So the style and the association have the same name.) This means, for example, the Ryusei Karate-Do Federation Canada has become Ryusei Karate-Do Canada. Why the change? Last fall, Sakamoto-Sensei had a split with some of the Ryusei sensei in Japan. From Sakamoto-Sensei’s point of…

Ryusei Karate Grows in Canada

Over the last year, Ryusei Karate-Do Canada has seen some remarkable growth. Until January, our organization had only one dojo with a few members, Barrie Ryusei Karate. Then in January 2002, Peter Zehr and Matthew Mannerow, who used to belong to the Canadian Chito-Ryu association, joined Ryusei Karate-Do. Peter Zehr 4th dan, is the sensei of Matthew Mannerow,…

Winter Madness

With the coming of winter, Ryusei karateka in both Japan and North America went a little nuts. We started going outside to test our spirit and bodies with “snow training.” The madness started in November when Ryusei yudansha in Ontario, Canada, took to backyard training with the first snowfall. We were one-upped by Jean Lauzon…