Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Kenjutsu Seminar

The Japanese Martial Arts Center, is ecstatic to host Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei, second soke of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu swordsmanship, for a 3 day seminar to be in Ann Arbor, MI in early April 2017.

Yahagi Sensei (born in Tokyo, Japan) began studying traditional Japanese martial arts (kendo) in elementary school.  He went on to earn the rank of judo 2 DAN as a youth, and studied classical kodubo (ancient arts) for more than 30 years under the tutelage of Kawabata Terukata Sensei, 1st Ryushin Shouchi Ryu soke (grandmaster). He was appointed the second soke of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu in 2008.
Yahagi Sensei is the director of the Seiseikan Dojo in Tokyo.  He currently holds an 8th DAN ranking in Kokusai Budoin Kobudo Hansi and 7th DAN in Kendo.

Training will be March 31, from 6-8pm and April 1-2 from 9:30am-4:30pm at JMAC, located  at 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI  48104.

Preregistration is required.  Tickets can be purchased at  Tickets are $195, with a discount available for JMAC, SMAA, and IMAF members.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Finding a Role Model series

Let Your Role Models Know Their Importance

Enlist the help of your instructor. If your instructor is your role model, tell him exactly what you are doing. He’ll be flattered (and maybe a little worried), but he may be able to point out some habits that you need not copy because they do not advance your mission.

If your instructor is not your role model, he may be threatened by your burning desire to emulate some other great martial artist. Find out why he doesn’t want you to follow that person’s example. If the reasons are good, you may want to find a new role model. If the reasons are just his insecurity or uncertainty, start looking for a new instructor! Life is short. You don’t have time to learn from anybody but the best instructor you can find.

Summary: Find a person who has already achieved what you want to achieve. Make that person your role model. Learn everything you can about that person. Soak it up. Enlist the most capable coach or mentor you can find to help you emulate your role model.

But whatever you do, starting training and never, ever, ever quit!

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