Congratulations Logan Yakesh on his promotion to Nidan (second degree black belt) this past Saturday (23 May 2015).  Mr. Yakesh started in the children’s class 10 years ago, assisted with classes in Colfax and has continued to train even after heading off to university.  He is doing well in school and the professional world as well.  Mr. Yakesh has been a great example of a student who studies and contrives seriously.
Mr. Yakesh is not our first black belt but he is the first to reach the Nidan level.  It was my honor to be his uke and see him receive his certificate from Taira Sensei.  Congratulations Mr. Yakesh!

May update

Good May to you,

I realize this is a few days in to the month but we will be having a great month.  First I wanted to remind you that we will be closed Memorial weekend Saturday the 23, no Yoga or additional training that morning,  and Monday the 25 of May, no Karate for children or adults. 


Our class schedule will run as posted for the remainder of the month


Yoga will run Tuesdays 6:30-7:20pm without out interruption and Saturday May 9, 16 and 30.  Keep in mind we could go out of doors if participants are finding the weather acceptable.  Outdoor practice opens up several new aspects from time to time; I love to practice outside, perhaps we can join together for this weather permitting. 

Karate we will be turning our focus from the four directions to Tai Sabaki or body management.  Most of what we do is learning to manage our body but we will add specific methods including falls and rolls. 


Kobudo may again brings the opportunity to go out of doors if participants are finding the weather acceptable this allows us to move bigger with long weapons. 

April = 30 Years

As we close out March today we will be shifting our focus from Sandan Gi to the four directions.  There are many directions and the kenpo happo (8 laws of the fist) states “The ears listen well in the 8 directions” the translation we use generally says in all directions but if you read the Kanji it says 8 directions.  We will be using turning drills from the kata as a part of this focus.   


April is an exciting month for Mrs. Young and Myself as it marks 30 years since we began our journey into Goju Ryu!  We owe a big thank you to all the people who have been a part of that journey.  From The instructors who got us going to those who have kept us moving forward and all the students at any level we have come in contact with through that time.  We would not be where we are without each of you. 


March update

Welcome to March.  (San getsu)

Often this time of year people ask about our Spring Break schedule.  Due to the varied way that area schools take break we are open week nights through March.  Saturday March 21 closed seminar in Iowa and Saturday the 28 is in question at this time but will update as that approaches.

Hopefully this is the thing of the past for now, but the hype around Tuesdays “snow storm” reminded me to let you know that we are usually “closed” when Menomonie schools are closed due to weather.  Most of you who have been around a few months know that I am there anyway so if you feel comfortable making it in we can train.  Again hopefully this will not be something we need to think bout until next December but just as a reminder.

Tee shirt orders have been emailed out and are due March 16.

As for training this month we will be working on San Dan Gi

San Dan Gi is three level training, and teaches stance transition, timing, distance and control as well as working on our various blocks and strikes. It is an introduction to Kumite and useful as we work toward our analysis of the kata especially Geksai ichi and Ni but any Rensoku, (continuous exercise) is helped out by this training.  We also develop our use of Muchimi or sticky hands, and can utilize the ideas taught in Tensho, the most “advanced” kata in our system.  San Dan Gi is an exercise for beginner to advanced student and is fairly unique to Goju Ryu.  I look forward to practicing this with you all this month!  Bring your notebook to record the ideas that we develop in March.

During our Kobudo classes we will continue to work our way through the Hojo undo sets and Shu Shi no Kon kata.  We are beginning to bring out the bunkai or analysis of the actions in both of these areas. Good work to those who are continuing on this.

One last thing:  Congratulations Sempai Katie Paulich who achieved her goal of being named Valedictorian of her graduating class!  Way to go Sempai Katie!