OKINAWA 2018: Training Sessions & Rank Promotions

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Okinawa, August 2018.

In the framework of the tour to Okinawa of the Seishinkan team, who carried out a tight schedule that ran from July 28 to August 23 and that included several activities among which the participation representing Chile in the “1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament” (Click here for further details) stands out, Karate and Kobudo seminars, visits to Tsuyoshi Uechi and  Tokumura Kensho sensei and multiple trainings at Budokan and other places of historical relevance for Okinawan Karate.

 

Some of the places chosen by the team led by Osvaldo Rodriguez sensei were the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Budokan) Arena and the historic Matsuyama Koen (Matsuyama Park), both located in Naha, the island’s capital. The latter is known worldwide for a place of tremendous historical relevance for Karate, because it is said to be the exact place in Okinawa where it was born, around the 19th century, what was known at the time as “Tudi” (唐手) or “Chinese Hand” (唐 character once used by the Japanese and Uchinanchu / Ryukyuans to refer to the Chinese and later replaced by “空” to, among other things, achieve that karate was accepted in good way in mainland Japan after the deep anti-Chinese feeling that reigned at the time).

Trainings during visits to Kensho Tokumura sensei and Tsuyoshi Uechi sensei were completed and enriched a busy schedule of growth and future projects to help the growth of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo.

 

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OKINAWA 2018: RANK PROMOTIONS

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Mauricio Lopez (Seishinkan Terraustral Montessory School), Alfonso Lavanchy (Seishinkan representative in Santiago, Chile) y Joaquin Alvares (Hombu Dojo, Chile), Seishinkan South America Students, were promoted to 1st dan in Tokushinryu Kobudo by Tokumura Kensho sensei, after a very concentrated training process that began in 2017 with the official incorporation of Seishinkan as representatives of Tokushinryu Kobudo in South America and the first official visit to the Hombu Dojo in Okinawa.

In this opportunity, after several training sessions, our students were subjected to the exquisite and very critical eye of Tokumura  Sensei who gave the great responsibility to these students, who now officially  continue to enrich their path in budo through the practice of Tokushinryu Kobudo.

 

Diego Rodriguez sensei (Seishinkan / WUIKA Europe), who after graduating of  Yon dan in 2013 at the hombu dojo, officially started the last stage of an explosive growth process both in the personal area, moving to live in northern Europe, professional area, through of the development of his career as a Physical Education Teacher abroad, as well as at the organizational level, assuming the official role of representation in Europe of the Seishinkan organization.

As a result of these efforts, relevant international cooperation projects have come to light mainly among the organizations Tokushinryu Kobudo & WUIKA Europe (World United Isshinryu Karate Association) led by Lars Andersen Sensei and Osvaldo Rodriguez Sensei, president of Seishinkan and representative of these organizations in South America. From 2014 to date, he has participated in several international events, giving seminars and competing in tournaments with the sole objective of showing, massifying and supporting the growth of Isshinryu and all its members in the region.

On his last trip to Okinawa in August of this year and having finished his participation in the “1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament” (Click here for further details), he took part in the Isshinryu training series with Uechi Tsuyoshi sensei and Osvaldo sensei at the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Budokan) Arena. After intense and long sessions held on consecutive days, Diego sensei is a graduate of 5th dan, Renshi Go, in Okinawa Isshinryu Karate, closing with this a very significant stage, full of growth and starting a new one with perspectives and challenges for our organization at the international level.

With these rank promotions, we conclude a very demanding tour in every sense, plenty of growth and deeply significant for all those who were part and could share, train and experience one of the most particular cultures in the world that also has one of its greatest cultural assets , the Okinawan Karate.

MATSUYAMA KOEN – Naha, Okinawa 2018

MATSUYAMA KOEN NAHA, OKINAWA 2018

During the nearly 31 years of existence of Seishinkan Budo School, this is characterized by the constant search and development of deep sense and practical applications to what develops day by day in our dojos. Understanding the origin, therefore, of those arts practiced more than 700 years ago is a relevant part of the integral training delivered by our organization to all our students. That is the reason for being that partially justifies the joint efforts of students and directors in different parts of the world to carry out ambitious projects, constantly oriented to the practice and technical, spiritual and historical development.

In this line and with the constant intention of carrying out our Institutional Mission of “Constantly nourish our students with different knowledge regarding the practice of karate, orienting them to the maximum technical and theoretical development…“, We consider relevant in this opportunity to make a section with a brief historical review of what is considered one of the most emblematic places in cultural terms of what was once the Kingdom of Ryukyu and the result that had a long historical exchange history with the neighboring country China and particularly with the Fujian province.

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Everything goes back the old Ryukyu Kingdom Period (1392-1879) the majority of Okinawa’s Chinese community resided in Naha’s Kumemura district. Shortly after the establishment of tributary trade relations with China, a group of Chinese from Fujian were granted to Ryūkyū by the Chinese Emperor and started to immigrate to Okinawa in 1392. They came to be known as the people from the ‘36 Clans of the Min-People’ (minren sanshiliu-xing 閩人三十六姓). Min 閩 refers to the lower valley of the Min River in Fujian 福建 Province, China. They settled in a small Chinese colony in Kume village 久米村.

In those days there was a magnificent park (now known as Matsuyama Koen) located between Naminoue Beach and what is now Fukushu Garden in Naha (福州園). Much of the Chinese community gathered there to enjoy various cultural activities, including martial arts, throughout the year. With much of these people coming directly from Fujian Province it’s not surprising to learn that most of the Quanfa/Kung Fu (拳法) was southern-style,  and largely Fujian-based. The style practiced was White Crane, one of the five Fujian Southerm Chaolin Boxing traditions, with very particular movements that maintained a balance between the softness and hardness.

As this specific Quanfa was not native to Okinawa, local Chinese learned, practised and taught what had been handed down within their family or community for generations. Experts who traveled between China and Okinawa, periodically influenced local sources and existing practices by visiting military officials, posted to Shuri Castle and the Chinese Embassy, ​​body guards and security personnel, all served to inspire local Chinese enthusiasts over time.

 

In 1979, the  Ryukyu Kingdom’s abolition took place and with it the return to its province of all the Chinese experts and bureaucrats posted for years in the place. With the annexation of these territories to mainland Japan, anti-Chinese sentiment arrived and began to grow, not being an impediment for generations of Okinawans to continue with the idea / tradition of meeting in this place to continue practicing the Quanfa that had been taught to them and experiment with different practices with the intention of improving the understanding of it.

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In spite of persisting even a strong Chinese influence in what until then was practiced, gradually began to take place a unique and particular approach that directly attaches to the culture of the Uchinanchu in those moments. The first signs of some katas practiced up to our days, traversed from generation to generation but still maintaining the roots in the practices carried out during this period, can be traced back to these years.

Among the enthusiasts who gathered at Matsuyama Koen stand out among many the names of Aragaki Seishō 新垣世璋 (1840–1918), Sakiyama Kitoku (1830-1914) and Higaona Kanryo 東恩納寛量. The latter is the one who in September of 1870 and with the help of Yoshimura Udun Chomei (Aji or prince), manages to get permission to embark on the trip to Fuzhou on the pretext of going as an official translator of Okinawan bureaucracies and thus initiating the path that would lead him to be recognized until today as one of the first students of Fujian White Crane Kung Fu under the tutelage of the master Ryu Ryu Ko ルールーコウ (1873 – 1915)(“The History of Karate” by Morio Higaona).

 

It should be noted that to this day there is a mantle of doubts that maintains no consensus among the men in Okinawa, about the true identity of Kanryo’s teacher. One of the evidences that supports these doubts is a monument outside the Fuzhou Gymnasium recorded that Ryu Ryu Ko, Kanryo’s Master, was a Crying Crane Kung Fu  (whose main characteristic was deep breathing using the diaphragm to vocalize) grand master called Xie Chon GxiangIn the words of Morio Higgaona sensei who was told that “Ryu Ryu Ko was a guard around 40 years old, tall, with powerful foot movements. Because of civil wars he went to many places and learned Crying Kung Fu. In the past, learning martial arts had to be covertly, which explains why his identity is a mystery today, we’ll never know exactly”.

Back in Matsuyama nowadays, vestiges connecting this story with Okinawa can still be found. Just in front of the park is the Fukushu-en Garden (or Chinese garden) and in the park itself there are monuments in honor of Higaona Kanryo 東恩納寛量, Miyagi Chogun 宮城 長順 (1988-1953) and in honor of the place where the town of Kuma village was born.

 

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At present, many activities have been carried out to commemorate the historic good relations between both peoples.

In November 2017, on the occasion of commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Friendly Province” treaty signed between Okinawa Prefecture and Fujian Province of China in 1997, Okinawa sent a delegation led by the governor of 73 people, including many karate masters, for a series of visits and receptions between 9 and 13 of that month.

 

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 DIEGO RODRIGUEZ INZUNZA – SEISHINKAN BUDO EUROPE

Okinawa Traditional Isshinryu Karate Do

Go Dan

 

 

 

OKINAWAN KARATE & KOBUDO SEMINAR: Technical Basics

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South America, August 2018.

After the “2016 OIKKA World Karate Championship, Allentown, New Jersey” (check the article here), Diego Sensei moved and settled definitively in Northern Europe, where he successfully carried out the work of representing Seishinkan, establishing connections, contributing to the growth of Isshinryu and initiating his training in Tokushinryu Kobudo of Master Kensho Tokumura in the organization led in europe by Sensei Lars Andersen.

As a result of this joint effort between the WUIKA organizations in Europe and South America, activities such as the past “WORLD UNITED ISSHINRYU KARATE ASSOCIATION & TOKUSHINRYU KOBUDO EUROPE TOUR – ROMANIA 2017” (check the article here) have been developed, and this August 2018, after their participation together to the team at the 1st Okinawa World Championship, Diego sensei will be visiting the Seishinkan Hombu Dojo in Chile to conduct a seminar whose main objective will be to review the basic principles of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, with a new perspective that goes in support of the work of growth and consolidation carried out by the directors of WUIKA South America & Seishinkan in the region.

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This activity is presented as a prelude to the great event called “1st TOKUSHINRYU & WUIKA EUROPE SOUTH AMERICA TOUR – CHILE 2018 – 2019″ (click here for further info) scheduled for the end of this year and that will include a new visit of Diego sensei with two students of WUIKA Europe, who during a month, will be part of a series of trainings and seminars carried out in different dojos of the organization in the country.

Some of the topics of this coming seminar will be oriented towards the following areas

  • Basic technical principles: stances, attacks, blocks.
  • Chinkuchi (チンクチ), Gamaku, Meotode/Mefutode (夫 妻 手).
  • Isshinryu Karate & Kobudo Kata.
  • Basic principles of the main Kobudo weapons (tichu, sai, bo, tekko, tonfa)

Seishinkan Budo School & WUIKA’s board of directors hopes that with the realization of this event as a prelude to the end of year tour, our students and all the Okinawan Karate & Kobudo enthusiasts can gather, build connections and deepen their knowledge together with expanding horizons regarding the practice and development of this art in its purest and most traditional form.

We are looking forward to meeting you all during this coming events.

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You can check some of the last activities of Diego sensei by clicking the following links

SEISHINKAN BUDO SCHOOL, 30th ANNIVERSARY: Research & Historical Perspective

 

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South America – Chile,  May 2017

Seishinkan is a school of traditional Martial Arts of Okinawa Japan, which in 2017 celebrates 30 years after having officially opened its doors in 1987. Today, with a strong pedagogical orientation and a multidisciplinary approach, Seishinkan tackles the practice of Karate-Do, Kobudo and related arts as central axes to guide the daily work of our dojos and representatives in different parts of the world, providing a powerful added value to the process of regular training of our students.

Molded under the hand of the West and rooted in Okinawa, Seishinkan has been a school chosen voluntarily throughout history by many people as an alternative of growth; a practice that goes beyond the physical perspective and technical aspect that aims to satisfy the most profound needs that at first, we have difficulty defining and visualizing, besides granting in many cases, the bases to develop later the own path in other oriental arts.

Today, ad portas to end the third decade of operation of our school, we went to review a bit of history, the philosophy that holds and at the same time has been shaping what is now recognized as a school with solid foundations in Budo.

By Diego Rodriguez Inzunza, 5th Dan, Okinawa Isshinryu Seishinkan, Bachelor in Education & Physical Education Teacher

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SESSHIN: how did all Begin

 

Back in the years, our school was recognized under the name of SESSHIN 接心. Courses of instructors, made at that time less frequently, focused mainly on the development of topics that would promote the understanding of the correct way to practice martial arts, which all students shared in a rather unconscious state.

Strictly speaking, Sesshin refers to a type of meditation carried out in certain Buddhist monasteries. Especially prolonged, it is done once a month from April to August and from October to February. Commonly practised by some Buddhism schools, it provides, according to experts, a powerful tool for the observation of the inner personality.

The literal translation of the kanjis of Sesshin would be “recollection of the spirit“, “touching the spirit “,” touch the essence

A detailed description is made by Smed (2001): “Meditation begins at three in the morning in summer and at four in winter continuing until late at night with intervals to eat, perform exercises and relax. In the monasteries, during the period of meditation they pronounce themselves speeches daily and before that, the environment is available for the practice to be performed…”

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In the book Zen and Martial Arts: Presentations”, the same author mentions the Sesshin carried out in his dojo as “long instances in which calm and silence reigned in all the immobile postures of Zazen and then give rise to the Kumite. Regardless of the notions of victory or defeat, the great lesson of these sessions was that it did not matter if the kumite was placed inside or outside, in any case, it will always be against ourselves, therefore, it will always lead us to the spirit of the path”.

 

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 On the other hand, the literature related to the study of Buddhism, also points out that Sesshin corresponds to the retreats of the monks to the temples where the main activity is meditation; Buddhist practice by excellence whose meaning can be understood as “cultivation, training of the mind”, assuming therefore a certain predisposition so that the practitioner is situated in reality. According to the practitioners, Sesshin “helps people to look inside and thus get rid of feelings like greed, anger and ignorance”. It is here also where different KUSEN (Ku, the mouth Sen, education, teachings, Oral Teachings of the master during the Zazen) take place and that in the case of the initiates, they try to deepen in the existing relations between meditation and action (Deshimaru, 2002).

 

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In the context of our school, it represents the first signs of a particular way of living and feeling the martial art, which has been finding its development and evolution until today.

From it, originate the idea of seminars; an activity that grants a unique seal and characterizes our organization, where long training sessions are carried out and also meditation sessions until late at night in search of the development of the denominated, by those then, “Sesshin Warrior“.
In the beginning, a Sesshin Warrior must be strong in mind and body, always prepared for the unpredictable; be balanced in their way of life and governed by the following moral code:

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  1. It must be in harmony with the Law of Pure Potentiality.
  2. Shall understand, accept and live harmoniously with the law of Karma.
  3. You must learn the law of detachment.
  4. You must cultivate a strict code of self-discipline.
  5. Must understand, seek and live the law of Dharma.
  6. You should cultivate patience, respect and moderation wisely.
  7. You must practice the “Give” law.

 

 

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SEISHIN:

Origin and evolution of a Philosophy.

SEISHINOur school established in 1992 the link officially with the OIKKA (Okinawa Isshinryu Karate & Kobudo Association), an organisation founded by grand master Angi Uezu. Throughout the years and with several trips to Okinawa, Osvaldo Rodriguez sensei continues to develop the foundations that sustain the philosophy of the Sesshin school, until in 2006 and as part of a new tour to Okinawa, a trivial conversation with Uezu Sensei takes unexpected rivulets: thanks to his guidance and advice, the name that identifies our school is finally revealed.

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“SEISHIN”, BY UEZU SENSEI

That which varies substantially is found in the literal meaning of the ideograms that express Seishin, specifically in the kanji “SHIN”. The kanji originally selected, according to Uezu Sensei, did not correspond to what was wanted to express in reality nor did it represent the spirit of our school. For this reason, the kanji Shin of “Heart” is modified, by that of “Spirit“.

 

“SEISHIN IS A LIFE STYLE REFLECTED IN THE MOVEMENT OF OUR SCHOOL THROUGH ISSHINRYU, KENDO, KOBUDO AND AIKIJUJUTSU. THE KANJIS REFLECT THE WAY OF SEEING AND TEACHING THE MARTIAL ARTS USING THEM AS TOOLS TO EDUCATE AND INSTRUCT THE INTERNAL WARRIOR. IT IS RELATED TO HARMONY, SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IS STRONGLY LINKED TO THE SUPERIOR LAWS THAT GOVERN THE UNIVERSE”

 

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TOWARDS SEISHIN’S UNDERSTANDING

At this point, it is important to understand what the true meaning of contemporary Oriental Martial Arts has been and specifically those that relate to our regular practice. It is public knowledge that martial arts emerged strongly linked to the development of the old war conflicts in Japan, at a time when man faced face to face with the truth of living or dying.

Towards the year 1868 and with the beginning of the Meiji restoration 明治維新, the Martial Arts ceased to relate directly to the war and became considered “psychophysical education systems, based on the regular practice of self-defense techniques with or without weapons, oriented to sublimate the natural aggressiveness of the human being “(Gomez, 200., p.1), giving a turn towards the inner growth of man and socially useful purposes.

 

The Budo 武道 was born, a modern term normally used to indicate the practice of martial arts as a way of life that embraces the three dimensions of the human being (Body – Mind – Spirit). Added to this, is the fact that there was an important group of Masters who believed and rescued the high formative and educational value that some combat methods had and decided to turn these practices towards the internal development of their students.

Budo is the soul of Seishin, and being this a set of Japanese Martial Arts whose practitioners are governed by a set of ethical rules referring to their application in a similar way to what the code of Bushidō 武士道 represents for the ancient samurai, it will not be strange find values and transversal principles in each of them.

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Having understood the true goal of the practice of Martial Arts, you can begin to develop a path that must be travelled to meet the highest essence of each practitioner and thus lead to the discovery of themselves.
Understanding Budo 武道 as a path of personal refinement that should impact the student in its three dimensions, have established different stages that must be experimented with the goal of making progressive and methodological the transit of each one through the art he is practicing .

  • 1st stage: Etiquette and Good manners; necessary to have an appropriate vocabulary and environment to the context of a traditional Dojo.
  • 2nd stage: Physical development; as a consequence of a regular and systematic training, the basic and complex physical and psychomotor qualities are stimulated, giving the student a dominance and increasing discipline of his own corporality.
  • 3rd stage: Technical Domain; obtained through the systematic practice of the Kihon, Katas, Self Defense and Kumite inherent to each Ryuha. Strongly develops mental strategies for the control of variables such as anxiety and fear, stimulating self-confidence and self-efficacy of the student. It corresponds to one of the fundamental pillars for the next stage, given which stimulates the mind-body union in every action.
  • 4th stage: Mind and Spirit; where it is necessary to adapt the behaviour to a strict ethical and moral code that, together with the understanding and application of the principle Ichi Go Ichi E at all times, certain mental faculties will awaken that will help the development of an unbreakable union between body, mind and spirit. 

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SEISHINKAN BUDO SCHOOL, THE INSTITUTION: 

Mission & Vision, a look towards the future

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OKINAWAN KARATE & KOBUDO FEDERATION, CHILE. 2004

In the field of leadership, the importance of building a mission and institutional vision is widely recognized and until today, deeply studied.

Since the Institutional Vision is the one that fundamentally projects a mental image of the possible and desirable future, it must have the capacity to incorporate the dreams of those who conform it and to build an ideal to orient itself. It is intrinsically related to the values and principles of the organization that gives it its own stamp, an identity.

The Mission, on the other hand, constitutes the “reason to be” of an institution, corresponds to a broad purpose, that makes sense towards all the actions to be developed, determining “who serves” the organisation and what “needs satisfy”, making it distinguishable from similar ones (Lavin & Cols., 1997).

Seishinkan Budo School recognizes in both, important tools to improve the understanding process of which are the general, specific and transversal objectives of our organization, facilitating the transmission of values and tasks of the same.

“Behind respect, discipline, perseverance, etc., often, without realizing it, there is
a much deeper meaning than we think when we practice a Martial Art. Many people ask if there is something more behind the technique, or only and exclusively the whole thing is reduced to a mere physical exercise “

Magaly Inzunza Sensei.Sesshin Institute, 1989

“Internal recollection, meditation and true knowledge within oneself are very
difficult to achieve in today’s world … “

“… It is important to ask what I am looking for, where do I want to go? and then develop a strong will and great confidence in your Sensei, to achieve a single triumph: the triumph of the Spirit”.

Osvaldo Rodriguez Sensei. Isshinryu Sesshin, 1991

“Now, as we go deeper into the Physiology of Exercise, we will also do it
in the knowledge of ourselves and more specifically of what happens to us while we have the privilege of being in the Dojo”

Enrique Bardiza. Physiology of Exercise, Vol 1. Sesshin Institute, 1989

 

The above quotes correspond to various excerpts of what for years has been one of the most unique features of our organization. The elaboration of writings, memoirs and volumes about different topics has been a trend that has evolved since 1987 to this days. From this, the following can be extracted:

  • Research Orientation. The cultivation of the mind through study, readings, development of a career of higher education or related studies, build a powerful link that will lead to obtaining one more step towards obtaining a “powerful personal philosophy”.
  • Unique Institutional Seal. That gives a powerful added value that allows generating objectives for the integral education of the Seishinkan Student. Stimulates the ability to transfer various knowledge, making them permeable to the practice of Karate-Do.
  • Recovery of Educational value, revaluing what karate Masters envisioned decades ago.

“… the same happens in the Martial Arts, where a serious and competent organization gives credibility and confidence to the practitioner’s belt”.

Magaly Inzunza Sensei. “Martial Arts”. Sesshin Institute. 1987

“… the foregoing results in the need and relevance of effective leadership in increasingly complex organizations”.

Diego Rodriguez Sensei. “Need and relevance of a sustainable Leadership in org. of Martial Arts”. Isshin Ryu Seishin. 2013

And on the other hand, the previous quotes, extracted from the most recent research and reports, show the growing concern that has arisen about the institutional value that Seishinkan has been gaining with greater intensity.

In summary, all the above corresponds to the process that has been taking place during the last three decades of operation of our organization that today continues in a constant process of evolution, marking milestones in various areas related to the daily work of the same, and making necessary establish and clearly define our identity to all members of the community.
Therefore, supported by the literature of the specialised area and based on the years of development of Seishinkan Budo School, the author presents an approach to the Institutional Mission and Vision of our organisation.

INSTITUTIONAL VISION

Seishinkan Budo School aims to become a recognised and distinguished martial arts organisation at national and international level, for the high standards in human, technical and professional quality of all its members. Due to its unique way of contributing to the integral development of human beings through the systematic practice of karate and related arts, its objective is to rescue, revalue and validate the deep educational and formative roots that make Karate and Kobudo of Okinawa unique and that has been transmitted through generation in generation up to our hands.

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Presentation of the Research “Need and relevance of a sustained Leadership in Martial Arts Organizations”, San Sebastian University, Nov 2014.

INSTITUTIONAL MISSION

In addition to preserving the roots of Okinawa’s traditional arts, the central commitment of Seishinkan Budo School is to contribute to the integral development of the human being using the Oriental Martial Arts as the main tool due to its high philosophical and formative content, rescued decades ago by the Okinawan masters and preserved until today by thousands of dedicated practitioners around the world.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

  • Maintain the legacy of all masters who represent the purest essence of Okinawan karate and kobudo, related martial arts and specifically the Isshin Ryu founded by Master Shinkishi “Tatsuo” Shimabukuro.
  • Promote the codes and principles of Master Shimabukuro.
  • Rescue the high value and philosophical content of the Okinawan Martial Arts and apply them to the formal and non-formal education system. 
  • Use the Karate-Do & Kobudo as a valid way of integral education of the movement, delivering a new alternative and field of study for the sciences of physical activity.
  • Provide space and support to any organization and/or school that promotes the values and principles of Okinawan Karate-Do and related Martial Arts.
  • Establish networks and alliances with different organizations of Oriental Martial Arts, national and international and contribute in this way to the enrichment of the practitioners of our organization.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • Nurture constantly our students of different knowledge concerning the practice of  Isshin Ryu Karate do, oriented towards the maximum theoretical and technical development of all Seishinkan students.
  • Provide opportunities for professional development, through the training of instructors capable of successfully performing the teaching of karate and kobudo as a physical activity.
  • Provide to parents and guardians who trust in our children’s project, an alternative to support the school education process of their children through the regular and systematic practice of Karate & Kobudo.
  • Provide support to formal and non-formal education organizations that decide to incorporate the practice of martial arts into their educational curriculum as a way to contribute to the integral education of their students.
  • Stimulate and generate in our students the ability to transfer the Dojo’s learning to everyday life.
  • Deliver practical tools for personal development
  • Nurture your students of solid philosophical foundations that contribute to the search of a personal path of  grow.

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TEXTS EXTRACTED FROM THE MEMORY RIOKY BUDO – THE WAY OF THE INNER STRENGTH ” & “NEED AND RELEVANCE OF A SUSTAINED LEADERSHIP IN MARTIAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS”

Research developed by Diego Rodriguez Inzunza , on the occasion of his examination for 4th dan, YON DAN, in 2014. Organization Seishinkan, Chile

 

2nd SUMMER GASSHUKU & TOKUMURA CUP – NAKSKOV 2017

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Denmark, September 2017

Last September 2017, the second version of the already established Tokumura Cup & Summer Gasshuku in the city of Nakskov in Denmark, which gathers approximately 45 practitioners from the different dojos of Europe, is completed.

The activity was successfully organized by Lasse Jensen and Dorthe Jensen sensei, both belonging to the host dojo.

Three days of intense training in each session led by the instructors Lars Andersen Sensei, Mads Nørby Sensei, and Per Søresen Sensei who made corrections and unified the technical standard in the curriculum for Tokushinryu Europe.

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After several sessions and corrections, there are many aspects to improve in various katas and aspects of the curriculum.

The Tokumura Cup, developed during the morning of Saturday, had as winners after several rounds to the following senseis.
1st ROMAN PAVALATII SENSEI, Torakai Romania.
2nd DIEGO RODRIGUEZ SENSEI, Seishinkan Sweden.
3rd MARTIN FREDERIKSEN SENSEI, Honbu dojo Denmark.

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TOKUSHIN RYU YUDANSHA The beginning of a new growth path

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On February 4, 2017, during the traditional seminar of instructors and Tokushin Ryu Cup, Diego Rodriguez Sensei presented exam in Tokushin Ryu Kobudo for 1st Dan Black Belt together with other students and the instructor and his tutor Jan Overgaard for 3th Dan.

The process began around 8 months before with the Lars Andersen Sensei’s designation of the Copenhagen hombu dojo instructor Jan Overgaard, as tutor and guide in the training process and the assimilation of new technical standards by the author. Kihon, katas, bunkai and philosophy were and part of the training to this day.

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BO – TEKKO BUKAI – HOMBU DOJO COPENHAGEN

 

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Kihon and the complete program including Bo, Eku, Tekko, Tichu, Sai, Nunti Sai, and the Bo – Bo and Bo – Sai kumite were part of the requirements examined under the watchful eyes of Lars Andersen Sensei and Mards Nørby Sensei, two of the highest ranks in Europe.

LINK, PROCESS AND HISTORY OF TOKUSHIN RYU & SEISHINKAN

TOKUSHIN PATCH
TOKUSHIN RYU PATCH

One of the main objectives that motivated the journey to Denmark of the author, has been the search for growth and deepening the learning of Martial Art. Kobudo has been a concern that Seishinkan has had over the past few years; the intention to find a link with Okinawa and to deepen the practice of the management of traditional weapons has motivated to establish contact with the organization Tokushin Ryu in Europe, directed by Sensei Lars Andersen and to begin thus an arduous way of practice and investigation.

 

Tokushin Ryu Kobudo corresponds to the system created by the master Kensho Tokumura who, after 50 years of combined training of Karate & Kobudo, decides to develop his own system based on his experience, learning and own vision. Tokushin Ryu Kobudo is an eclectic system that is based on the traditional weapons of Okinawa which emphasizes powerful technique utilizing ‘Chinkuchi’. It is a blend of traditional Kobudo weapons and includes obscure weapons that were in danger of becoming historically lost.

KOBUDO WEAPONS
OKINAWA TRADITIONAL WEAPONS