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A list of recent and upcoming events at the Ueshiro Midtown
Dojo and within the Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu community.   

Save the Dates:

         Aug 16 - Full belt

        Sept. 10 - 911 Memorial
          Workout in Central Park


July 16 - Sherwood Island Beach Workout

The Ueshiro Midtown Dojo held its annual beach workout on Sunday, July 15 at Sherwood Is. State Park. We were joined by representatives from the Easton, Palisades, Downtown and Pelham Manor dojos, and trained for approximately four hours. Domo arigato gozaimasu to all who showed up ready train under scorching conditions, and go out of their way for their fellow deshi. Special domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei Daniel Lax for his leadership and enthusiasm throughout.

After the workout participants returned to Sensei Dunsby's home for a BBQ and pool party. Domo arigato gozaimasu to the Dunsby family and the Easton Ct. Dojo for their gracious hospitality. Later in the afternoon the students were treated to a tour of the Easton Dojo where we performed many repetitions of kata.

July 2 - Second Annual July 4 Prospect Park workout

A core group of Midtown deshi celebrated July 4th with a workout in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, on Saturday, July 1. Sensei Rob Neff organized the event, which began at Nellie's Lawn, overlooking Battle Pass, the site of a major Revolutionary War battle. After warmups and basics, the group moved to the abandoned Rose Garden for bo, naihanchi kata and bunkai in the empty fountains. The workout ended at Sullivan's Hill overlooking Long Meadow, where we performed yakusoku kumite and our favorite kata.

July class announcements

* Sat. July 1 - Second Annual Prospect Park workout, starting at 9:00 AM, rain or shine. Meet at Nellie's Lawn. Informal training attire welcome.

* Tue. July 4 - No classes. The dojo will be open July 3.

* Thur. July 13 - Black Belt class (rescheduled from July 6).

* Sun. July 16 - Sherwood Is. Beach workout, starting at 8:30 AM, followed by a BBQ cookout/pool party at the home of Sensei Adam Dunsby.

* Sun. Aug. 6 - Full belt promotion in the St. Bart's gymnasium, starting at 1:30 PM.

Please welcome Matthew Palomeque, who joined the white belt ranks earlier this week. Domo arigato, Matthew, for taking up the art of Shorin-Ryu.  

June 14 - New Deshi and Tip Test Results

I'd like to welcome our two newest white belts to the Midtown Dojo: Lara Bello and Jonathan Jenson. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and offer them a few pointers before or after class.

Congratulations to our newest Ro-Kyu, Richard Padron, who was promoted last night after a rigorous workout and tip test. The Board of Judges consisted of Sensei(s) Gamiel Ramson, Ellin Moore, Rob Neff, John Adams and Ron Ballin. Domo arigato to Sensei Dawood Emmenuel for running the workout during deliberations, and to all the kyu ranks who came down to lend support and demonstrate "beginner's mind" on the spot.

On a cultural note, and unrelated to the tip test results, Richard will be performing at Carnegie Hall this Saturday evening with the International Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

June 2 - Class Announcements

Just a reminder tonight's Brown Belt emphasis class will start at 5:30 pm, ALL ranks welcome to attend. The class will be preceded by a bo seminar beginning at 5:00.

Also, the Sunday 11:00 to Noon class this weekend and next (June 4 and 11) will be held one hour later, from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm.

The Green Belt emphasis class is next Wednesday, June 7, and the Black Belt only class will be on Thursday, June 8. 

May 25 - Class Announcements

* Monday, May 29 - St. Bart's will be closed for Memorial Day so there will be no classes. Please perform kata on your own in memory of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

* Friday, June 2 - Brown Belt emphasis class, conducted by Sensei Gamiel Ramson and Ron Ballin - ALL ranks invited.

* Wednesday, June 7 - Green Belt emphasis class, conducted by Sensei Kevin Reymond - ALL ranks invited.

* Thursday, June 8 - Black Belt only class. Note that this is being moved ahead from June 1.

* Tuesday, June 13 - Green Tip test. Paragraphs and fees due by Friday, June 9. Candidates should review test protocol and requirements with their instructors in the coming days.


* Saturday, July 1- Second Annual Battle of Brooklyn July 4th Workout - Prospect Park, hosted by Sensei Rob Neff.

* Sunday, July 16 - Annual Sherwood Is. Beach Workout. Post-workout BBQ pool party, hosted by Sensei Adam Dunsby and the Ueshiro Easton Ct. Dojo.

As an interim "Thought for the Week" please consider the following: "Courage, President Kennedy knew, requires something more than just the absence of fear. Any fool can be fearless. Courage, true courage, derives from that sense of who we are, what are our best selves, what are our most important commitments, and the belief that we can dig deep and do hard things for the enduring benefit of others."

- Former President Barack Obama, May 8, 2017

May 12 - Weapons Workout

The Ueshiro Midtown and Downtown dojos held their annual Kobudo (weapons) workshop on Sunday, May 7, in the Hombu Dojo and St. Bart's gymnasium.  Seminars were offered in the Bo, Sai, Nunchaku and Tuifa by Kyoshi Michael Mackay, Kyoshi David Baker, Sensei Kevin Reymond and Sempai Bob St. George, respectively.

The event was attended by approximately 22 students ranging from Ni-Kyu to Ku-Dan. Special thanks to those deshi who travelled all the way from Northampton, MA, to train with us: Sensei Nancy Owen and Sempai(s) Michaele Mastroiannoi, Bob St. George and Singwen Mientka. The afternoon concluded with demonstrations of weapons kata from each group, followed by a brief open discussion about each weapon's unique capabilities.

After the workout many participants headed down to Vincent's in Little Italy (a favorite restaurant of Master Ueshiro and Hanshi Scaglione in the "old days") for much revelry.

May 10 - On Etiquette

Just a brief reminder re: student/teacher etiquette: The Dojo release form states,

"I understand I have the right and responsibility to excuse myself from any exercise I believe may be harmful to me. I further understand that all instructors and students have a responsibility to train and conduct themselves in a manner that maintains the safety and welfare of all participants."

As a matter of etiquette, if you're unable or unwilling to perform an exercise, politely inform the instructor or partner you're "Working around an injury." Conversely, if someone tells you they're "Working around an injury," forego further corrections or (even better) explore workarounds after class.

Do not let ego or pride disrupt the flow of the class or your training goals. Even if you don't agree with a specific correction, exercise or demonstration, just do the best you can (and practice the art of making lemonade out of lemons) or politely excuse yourself as described above. 

May 9 - Comments from Hanshi

Hanshi has been sharing his thoughts with the Executive Committee about moving the USRKUSA organization forward and preparing for the 60th Anniversary (the Year of the Tiger, which is also his birth year!) I'd like to pass along some of his observations and recommendations:

"Greetings Kyoshi, Sensei and all Deshi of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA:

It is now three months since the 55th Anniversary celebration in Florida. I encourage Deshi of ALL levels to take an inventory of your respective activities in meeting the responsibilities of your rank. It need not be written down, only tallied as a list in your mind's eye -- a spot check inventory -- so you are aware of what is obvious to everyone around you. Specifically:

* If you're a Sensei: What is the total number of students at each rank promoted under you from Ro-Kyu through Black Belt? How many of these occurred in the last ten years? In the last five years? In the past twelve months?

* If you're a Sho-Dan or Ni-Dan: Same questions.

* If you're current rank is between Yon-Kyu and Ik-Kyu: Do you arrive early to help set up the dojo? Assist beginners before class? Work with your training partner before class? Conduct classes? Stay after class to answer or ask questions and clean up? Assist with closing the dojo?

In sum: Are you earning your rank today? It is NOT too late! The future begins NOW and it lasts forever. There are many karate dojo and clubs waiting to be opened by YOU, one day. Your actions today (for better or worse) define what it means to be a green belt, or brown belt or black belt, in your own eyes and to the world at large.

April 25 - Tip Test

The April tip test was held on Tuesday, April 25, at the Midtown Dojo. Congratulations to Lydia Roman on her promotion to Ro-Kyu. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Judges Sensei(s) Ramson, Adams, Neff and Sempai Rosenberg, and to Anna Sweeney for calling the test. Domo arigato as well to Kyoshi Baker and all the advanced students who came down to lend support, not just during the formal test but during the katathons before and after.  

May 7 - Annual Kobudo Workshop

On Sun. May 7 the Midtown and Downtown Dojo will host their Annual Kobudo (weapons) Workshop at the St. Bart’s Gymnasium, 1:00 to 3:00 PM. All ni-kyu and above welcome to attend. Students will have the opportunity to handle the bo, nunchuka and sai. Extra weapons available for those in need. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei Kevin Reymond for sponsoring this event. Students of all rank are welcome to attend the regular Sunday AM class between 11:00 and 12 noon. All ranks and guests are also welcome to observe the afternoon's workshop.

Black Belt Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 - 18 marked the 53rd Annual gathering of Black Belts under the leadership of Hanshi Robert Scaglione.  Organized by Kyoshi Dave Seeger, the event was held at the IBM Dolce Convention Center in Palisades, NY. Nearly 100 Black Belts from around the country attended the event.

Year-end workout and compai - Dec. 16

The Midtown Dojo’s end-of-year workout and celebration took place on Dec. 16 in a standing-room only dojo. During the two hour workout all ranks represented full commitment and mastery appropriate for their level. Domo arigato for your hard work and dedication throughout 2014. Thank you also for your heartfelt compai and words of appreciation for Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu. 2015 promises to be a year of growth for the Midtown Dojo as we reach out to new members and continue to polish our own skills.

Dec. Green Tip Test - Dec. 9

The Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo held its Dec. tip test on Tuesday, Dec. 9. After a spirited workout and formal testing, Caleb Barrett was promoted to Ro-Kyu. Congratulations to everyone who was "put on the spot" and demonstrated full speed and power kata. The Board of Judges consisted of Sensei(s) Gamiel Ramson, John Adams and Ron Ballin. Another one of our white belts, Tony Falcone, tested for and received his first tip the following evening at the Ueshiro Wingspan Karate Club of P.S. 748, presided over by Sensei Rob Neff.

Fall Newsletter published - Nov.

The Fall 2014 Newsletter is now available (PDF format), produced by Sensei Lyle Kleusch of the Ueshiro Mesabi Karate Dojo.

Oct. Green Tip Test - Oct. 21

The Oct. tip test reviewed two candidates testing for their second green tip. Congratulations to our newest Ro-Kyu, Sandy Rodriguez and Janu Subramanan, for their persistence and determination since testing for their first green tip. Domo arigato to all the Black Belts and kyu ranks who came down to lend support, and to those instructors/deshi who have guided these white belts along since they joined many months ago.

Annual Black Belt Workout - Oct. 25 - 26

Black Belts from across the Country assembled at the IBM Center in Palisades, New York, for the annual weekend of workouts and year-end celebrations. The event was directed by Hanshi Robert Scaglione, and hosted by Kyoshi Dave Seeger of the Pine Forest Karate School. Photographs of the intense training may be viewed here.

911 Memorial Workout in Central Park - Sept. 14

Students from the Tri-state area met at a glade in the Northwest corner of Central Park to commemorate the heroism of New Yorkers during and after the tragedy of 911. Formal training began with an extended period of meditation, followed by warm-ups conducted by Ansumana Bangura. The ensuing three hours of basics and kata focused on exploring balance and foundation on the uneven terrain. As per tradition, students wore informal workout clothes and avoided loud kiais to reduce the risk of intimidating other New Yorkers enjoying the park. The casual attire also showed the public that martial artists come from all age groups and walks of life. As the date marked the anniversary of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro’s arrival in the United States, we especially appreciated the large turnout of white belts. Towards the end of the workout students moved to separate areas to train in focus groups: Brown Belts to work Naihanchi kata in a natural stone amphitheater; Black Belts to a stand of elms for advanced kata training. The workout ended with demonstrations from all students.

August Full Belt Promotion - Aug. 10

The semi-annual Midtown belt promotion was held in the gym of the St. Bart’s Athletic Center on August 10. Formal testing got underway with a board of judges comprised of Sensei(s) Gamiel Ramson, Larry Link, Ellin Moore, Rob Neff and Mr. Frank Mowka of the Ueshiro Easton Karate Club. After a thorough review of all kata, yaku-soku kumite, bunkai and breaking, the following deshi were promoted in rank:

  • Sherin Bennitt - San Kyu

  • Anna Sweeney - Ni Kyu

  • Sam DiGiaro - Ni Kyu

  • Jermiah Emmenuel - Ik Kyu

Congratulations to all the candidates. Domo arigato to Sensei(s) Hend Elsayed, Ron Ballin, Mr. Dawood Emmenuel and Ms. Candace Morgan for leading the group in marathon training during the judges' deliberations. Thank you also to Ni-Kyu Muhammed Jalloh for conducting the warm-ups. The test concluded approximately 4-1/2 hours after it began with many lessons learned: utilize the mirror and video equipment to critique your kata; visit other dojo; kata is always a simulation of a life-and-death battle; honor those who came before us; continue to grow in body, mind and spirit while endeavoring to keep all three in balance. After the formal bow-out, each participant received a red 50th Anniversary Commemorative cap in appreciation of their "showing up."

Sherwood Is. Beach Workout - July 27

On Sunday, July 27, over 30 students from the Metropolitan area gathered at Sherwood Is. State Park for the annual Midtown Dojo beach workout. Training commenced under the direction of Kyoshi(s) Michael Mackay and Dave Seeger, supplemented by Sensei(s) Elliot Potter and Larry Link. Students trained through wind, rain, sun, sand, gravel and broken shells to cultivate warrior spirit. The concepts of foundation and using hip were addressed repeatedly. Students also experienced performing kata inside a "fox hole" dug into the beach the day before. Domo arigato to everyone’s spirit of camaraderie in offering travel assistance, hydration, first aid and moral support to their fellow deshi.

After the workout students adjourned to Sensei Adam Dunsby’s home in Easton for a BBQ pool party. The group shared many entertaining stories from the "old days" while savoring the simple joys of a summer afternoon. Domo arigato gozaimasu to the entire Dunsby family, as well as deshi Frank Mowka and Art Forne, for their generous hospitality all these years.

Children’s Summer Class - June - Aug. 2014

The Midtown Dojo offered two noon-time classes per week between June and August for children from the Islamic Society of Manhattan. The classes were taught by Sensei Bruce Silver, Sensei Ellin Moore, and Kyoshi Mackay, and emphasized the concept of mixing fun with hard work to achieve any goal. Domo arigato gozaimasu to both students and instructors for their patience and "Never give up" attitude.

June Tip Test

On Thursday, June 26, the Midtown Dojo conducted its mid-summer tip test. Two candidates were promoted based on their demonstrations of traditional Shorin-Ryu karate:

  • Keelin Robbins (Ro-kyu)

  • Sandy Rodriguez (Ro-kyu)

Domo arigato gozaimasu to the Board of Judges, Sensei(s) Larry Link and Luz DeLucia, Ms. Kim Garon and Mr. John Draghi, and to the other participants who came down for the workout and to offer moral support.

Hanshi’s Advanced Seminars in New York City - May 2014

In early May Hanshi Robert Scaglione came to Midtown Manhattan for two special classes. The first took place in the early evening of May 7 and was restricted to Black Belts. A much larger workout took place the following evening in the St. Barts gymnasium and was open to all ranks. Both events led to numerous high-level corrections from Hanshi, plus a great deal of sweat on the decks. The training on Thursday continued nearly until midnight, with Hanshi showing no sign of slowing down. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Hanshi for dedicating these invaluable blocks of time to help the deshi of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu move forward in karate-do. 

Katathon week celebrating Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro's Birthday - Apr. 22, 2014

During the last week of April the Midtown Dojo hosted numerous katathons and special events.

On Sunday, April 27, Sensei Hend El-Sayed organized a karate exhibition for nine children from the Islamic Society of Manhattan along with their parents. The demonstrations were led by Messrs. Jon Cohen and Ibrahima Jalloh, with assistance from Sensei John Robbins, his daughter Keely, Sensei Ron Ballin, Mr. Dawood Emmenuel, Muhammad Jalloh, Anso Bangura and Anna Sweeney. The demonstrations started with kihon across the deck followed by kata for each belt level. The group then performed pre-arranged fighting. After the formal demonstrations the nine guests attempted Fukyugata Ichi accompanied by the three children deshi, with Muhammad Jalloh leading the count.

On Tuesday, April 29, the Midtown Dojo held a green tip test in honor of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro’s 81st birthday. The workout preceding the test consisted of marathon repetitions of all basics performed from jigotai-dachi. The formal test included the traditional Go-kyu and Ro-kyu requirements, followed by multiple demonstrations of Fukyugata Ichi and Ni by the green and brown belt students. The Board of Judges consisted of Sensei(s) Gamiel Ramson, Luz DeLucia, Hend Elsayed and Mr. Henri Waelbroeck. Sensei Ellin Moore presided over the deck while the judges deliberated. Comments from the Black Belts included: "Hit makiwara. Work on tight fist. Slow down. Gan concept." Based on their performances during the test and on their willingness to "Keep training," the following deshi were promoted:

  •  Janu Subramanan (Ro-kyu)

  •  Eric Baber (Go-kyu)

Congratulations to the many deshi and family supporters for making this milestone possible.

Spring Newsletter published - Apr. 3, 2014

The Spring 2014 Newsletter is now available (PDF format),  produced by Kyoshi Michael Mackay of the Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo. 

Full belt promotion - Feb. 24, 2013

On Sunday, Feb. 24 the Midtown Dojo held its semi-annual belt promotion in the St. Barts' Athletic Center gym. The event was dedicated to the memory of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro and the leadership of Hanshi Robert Scaglione. Domo arigato to the large contingent of Black Belts, especially our boards of judges and our out-of-town guests (Sensei Shabbir Kazmi and Mr. Frank Mowka).


After four and a half hours of training the following deshi were promoted in rank:

  • Yon-Kyu: Anna Sweeney

  • San-Kyu: Sam DiGiaro

  • Ni-Kyu: Alden Rothe

  • Ik-Kyu: Joelle Ramso

Domo arigato to all the deshi, family and friends who came down to train with us or support those who were testing. Photographs of the event are available here.

Tip test - Feb. 12, 2013

Close on the heels of the Florida trip was our own tip test, held on Feb. 12 in the Hombu Dojo. Congratulations to our latest Ro-Kyu, Chinmay Rao, age six, who tested under the watchful eyes of approximately 12 Black Belts. Domo arigato gozaimasu to the Board of Judges, Sensei Ramson, Moore, and Adams, for their consistency in showing up for the tip tests and for all the other ranks for lending their support.

Florida Winter training - Feb. 8 - 10, 2013

A small but select group of Black Belts travelled to Florida during the weekend of Feb. 8 through 10 to join Hanshi Robert Scaglione, Kyoshi Seeger, Mackay, Kaplan and Scaglione, and dozens of deshi who assembled for three days of advanced training. The seminars were sponsored by Hanshi, Sensei Tezel and Sensei Marchetti. Sensei Michael Margulis and John Bottega represented the Midtown Dojo. Sensei Margulis photographed much of the Lori Wilson Beach workout, which will be available in our Galley section in the days ahead.

Hombu Dojo year-end compai - Dec. 20, 2012

The Midtown Dojo held its traditional year-end workout and compai on Dec. 20. Domo arigato gozaimasu to all the Midtown deshi, from the newest white belt through our newly-promoted Roku-Dan, for making this 50th Anniversary year the most memorable in the history of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu. After the compai Sensei Larry Link presented the dojo with a hard-bound, over-sized book featuring photographs from some of the more spectacular moments over the prior years.

Commemorative carpet hung in dojo - Nov. 2012

A permanent tribute to Grand Master Ueshiro in the form of a hand-woven carpet was mounted in the dojo during Nov. Mr. Dawood Emmenuel ordered and hung the tapestry, which was hand-woven by artisans in Pakistan and presented to Hanshi as a token of appreciation from the Midtown Dojo. Hanshi donated the carpet to the Hombu dojo so it could be enjoyed by all. The carpet shows an American eagle and Chinese dragon circling the seal of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA, with Master Ueshiro looking on. 50 pine trees adorn the border, which includes the signatures of Grand Master Ueshiro and Hanshi.

Workout with Kyoshi Sal Scaglione - Dec. 18, 2012

Kyoshi Sal Scaglione, Shihan of the East Meets West Karate Club of Northern Virginia, joined us on Dec. 18 for a special workout. Kyoshi Sal reviewed his Technique of the Week on yoku-soku kumite (pre-arranged fighting). Kyoshi provided numerous insight into this essential element of our training.

Tip test - Nov. 6, 2012

Due to unanticipated challenges posed by Superstorm Sandy, our Oct. tip test was delayed until Nov. 6. Congratulations to our two new Go-Kyu on achieving their first rank:

  • Nita Flores

  • Leah Spontaneo

Domo arigato gozaimasu to the Board of Judges, Sensei Gamiel Ramson, Ellin Moore and Luz DeLucia, and to the spirited group of supporters who came down to set the pace.

Year-end Black Belt workout and compai - Dec. 1 - 2, 2012

As per tradition, on the first weekend of Dec. dan-level students of USRKUSA assembled in New York City under the direction of Hanshi Robert Scaglione for the annual year-end Black Belt workout and compai. The events were hosted by the Ueshiro Midtown and Downtown dojos, with nearly 70 Black Belts attending over the two days. The six hour workout on Sat. in the St. Barts gym included multiple corrections from Hanshi, seminars conducted by the Kyoshi, demonstrations from the many dojo and clubs, followed by the presentation of Black Belt certificates to our new Sho-Dans.

Sunday's workouts continued at 8:00 AM at the Ueshiro Downtown Dojo followed by a Shihan meeting at Hombu. From noon to 2:15 Hanshi reviewed the details of yaku-soku kumite, followed by more demonstrations of kata, breaking and weapons. The workout concluded with the presentation of certificates to those Shihan who tested on Aug. 11 and 12, and the announcement of the following senior Black Belts promoted in rank:

  • Promoted to Roku-Dan (6th degree Black Belt)

Gamiel Ramson
Joe Knight
Alan Lai
David Tamir

  • Promoted to Shichi-Dan (7th degree Black Belt)

Chris Barnes
Kevin Reymond
Dan Gobillot

  • Promoted to Shichi-Dan (7th degree Black Belt) and awarded the title of Kyoshi

Sal Scaglione

The celebration of Grand Master Ueshiro's 50 years in the United States continued at McCormick's Steak House, where many compai were offered in gratitude to Hanshi and Master Ueshiro. Domo arigato to those who made the long trip to Manhattan, to the New York area Black Belts who helped organize the event, and especially to Hanshi Robert Scaglione for his enduring leadership.  Highlights from the weekend's workouts may be seen here.

9/11 Memorial workout and test - Sept. 9, 2012

The Annual September 11 Memorial Workout was held on Sept. 9 in a secluded terrace of the Conservatory Gardens near 110th and Fifth Ave. The tranquil setting and limited use of audible kiai gave us the chance to focus on proper form and technique. Thank you to those who came early and stayed for the full five hour workout.


The Aug. promotions ran in parallel to the 911 Memorial Workout. After a review of kata, yakusoku kumite and breaking, the following advanced in rank:

  • Go-kyu: Anna Sweeney

  • Yon-kyu: Kathy Chin, Shailesh Singhal

  • San-kyu: Dhrubani Paul, Stephanie Toper, Jermiah Emmenuel, Matt Emmenuel

  • Ni-kyu: Ansumana Bangura (white stripe), Victoria Baughman

  • Ik-kyu: Muhammad Jalloh (white stripe), Art Forni (Easton Ct. Karate Club)

Photos of both the workout and test may be viewed here.

St. Bart's Summer Camp

For the second year in a row, Sensei Rob Neff and San-kyu Neil Nemoto offered traditional Shorin-Ryu classes to approximately 55 children enrolled in the "Summer at St. Barts" program. A final demonstration/workout was held on Aug. 22 in the gymnasium, attended by Sensei Rob Neff, Sensei Luz Delucia, Mr. David Emmenuel, Mr. Fellipe Flores, Michelle Napoli, Neil Nemoto, Shawn Nemoto and Arabella Neff.

50th Anniversary Celebration - Aug. 10 - 12, 2012

Karateka traveled from as far away as Hawaii, Israel and New Zealand to take part in a multitude of workouts and celebrations marking the 50th Anniversary of Shorin-Ryu in the USA under Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro. Below, a few highlights.


Kick-off Workout - Hanshi Robert Scaglione officially opened the celebrations on Friday afternoon, Aug. 10 with a class held inside a packed, slightly humid St. Barts gym. Hanshi went over the importance of breathing and the core elements of the traditional class. At the end of the workout he received the first 50th Anniversary Journal presented by the other members of the Editorial Board: Kyoshi Mackay, Sensei Ron Ballin and Mr. Jonathan Cohen.

Sho-dan Review - After a short dinner break, Hanshi, the Kyoshi and the Shihan returned to St. Barts for a Sho-dan test. Kyoshi Dave Seeger led the Ik-kyu through a brief review of kata inside the Hombu Dojo, and formal testing got underway in the main gym at approximately 9:00 pm. This part of the Sho-dan test focused on kata, and continued under Hanshi's supervision for three hours.

Early compai in Roslyn, Long Island - Saturday morning Black Belts from all the dojo met with Hanshi for an informal breakfast hosted by Sensei Boris Grossman at Matador Cigars, just a few miles from Master Ueshiro's final resting place in Locust Valley.


Full day seminars and reviews - Training resumed in earnest at the Metropolitan Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, only a block away from the Hombu Dojo. Accommodations at the DoubleTree, including an Executive Suite for Hanshi and the Kyoshi, had been arranged by Sensei Richy Glassberg. At 10:00 am approximately 180 attendees filed into the workout space as Hanshi offered a meticulous review of the details in our kata. The students then joined in, filling the 7,000 square foot ballroom to perform the same kata and implement the corrections. (photos)

At 1:00 pm the group broke for lunch, walking in gi to Dag Hammarskjold Park across the street from the United Nations. The scene was reminiscent of the 30th Anniversary when the Black Belts of Shorin-Ryu USA met with Master Ueshiro at the UN. Box lunches were provided by Sensei Hend Elsayed.

After returning to the DoubleTree, the Ballroom was partitioned to allow private testing of candidates for Ni-Dan through Go-Dan. While Hanshi and the Kyoshi reviewed the Black Belts' higher kata, the kyu ranks continued training under the guidance of the senior Shihan.

At 3:00 pm the partitions were removed and all in attendance were able to observe the jyu kumite portion of the Sho-dan test. This was followed by atemi waza (brick breaking) for aspiring Sho-dan through Go-dan candidates. Hanshi concluded the workout with a tribute to Grand Master Ueshiro and the countless experiences that spanned their 35 year friendship.

Formal dinner at McCormick & Schmick's - Family and friends joined Hanshi and the karateka for a dinner where many words were offered in appreciation of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu and the people who contribute to keeping Master Ueshiro's legacy alive.

Formal Commemorative Workout, USS Intrepid - Early Sunday morning found the streets of Manhattan occupied by deshi making their way to the Hudson River for the formal 50th Anniversary workout aboard the USS Intrepid. Hanshi paid tribute to Grand Master Ueshiro and to all military personnel around the world for their service to our Country. The workout was preceded by warm-ups where Hanshi reviewed the fine points of our basic techniques. After bowing in, training turned to perfecting Master Ueshiro's kata, Fukyugata San. The workout ended with formal demonstrations by each group of kyu and dan ranks, culminating with Hanshi leading the Kyoshi through Kusanku. (photos)

After the formal workout many students toured the Intrepid Museum with their families, while others adjourned for an informal brunch hosted by Sensei Chris Barnes.

Closing workout and ceremonies - All deshi convened back at the Hombu Dojo at 3:00 pm for a final workout. After extensive deliberations, Hanshi announced the results of the Dan-Level Review. An enthusiastic congratulations to our new Midtown Sho-Dan: Mr. Ibrahima Jalloh and Mr. Robert Bandel, and to those Black Belts who advanced in rank:

  • Ni-Dan: Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Mr. Dawood Emmenuel, Ms. Kim Garon, Ms. Candace Morgan

  • San-Dan: Sensei John Adams, Sensei John Robbins, Sensei Hend Elsayed, Sensei Ron Ballin

  • Yon-Dan: Sensei Rob Neff

  • Go-Dan: Sensei Larry Link

Congratulations to all who remain resolute in moving forward, whether promoted or not.  Before bowing out, the Hombu Dojo presented Hanshi with a hand-made carpet representing Master Ueshiro's journey from Okinawa to the United States. The carpet was hand-knotted by artists in Pakistan, and produced by Mr. Dawood Emmenuel. Hanshi thanked all the students for their dedication and hard work, and reminded us that this is really just the beginning.

Annual Beach Workout - July 15, 2012

Our 11th annual beach workout was held on July 15 at Sherwood Island State Park. The event was attended by students from six of the Northeast Dojo and Clubs: Midtown, Nyack, Easton, Pelham Manor, Downtown, Palisades and Harlem. See photo gallery.  Sensei Adam Dunsby and the students of the Easton Ct. Ueshiro Karate Club sponsored a BBQ and pool party at their home following the beach workout. This was the Dunsby's tenth year hosting the after-workout party.

Tip test - June 12, 2012

Our June green tip test was held on Tues., June 12 in a crowded, high-energy (and high-humidity) dojo. Congratulations to our four new Ro-kyu:

  • Dave Boxley

  • Nita Flores

  • Krishnan Iyengar

  • Anna Sweeney

Shorin-Ryu exhibition at Senior Living Center

On June 11 Ni-Dan Candace Morgan presented a Shorin-Ryu exhibition as part of 92nd birthday celebration for artist Jimmy Mirikitani at the Village at 46 & Tenth, a senior citizen living center. Participants included Messrs. Sam Suzuki, Robert Bandel, Gerard Rath, Erik Sanner, Sam DiGiaro and Ms. Victoria Baughman.

After-school program at Stevens Cooperative School

Ms. Candace Morgan sponsored a Shorin-Ryu Karate after-school class for elementary school children at the Stevens Cooperative School. On June 1 a final demonstration was given to the school by Ms. Morgan, Sensei(s) John Adams, Hend Elsayed, Ron Ballin, and Sam DiGiaro.

April Katathons

In the spirit of celebrating Master Ueshiro's 79th birthday, many special-emphasis classes were held around April 20th: Sensei(s) Rob Neff, John Robbins, John Adams, Ron Ballin and Mr. Jonathan Cohen all held workshops dedicated to Fukyugata San techniques, kata, and endurance training.

April Green Tip test

Our spring green tip test was held on Tuesday, April 17 preceded by a one-hour workout. After a thorough review the following deshi were promoted:

  • Yon-Kyu: Alejandro Urbina

  • Go-Kyu: Jack Draghi, Christopher Draghi, Kathy Chin

Dojo Renovations

To refurbish the Hombu Dojo for the 50th Anniversary, a two-day marathon clean-up/paint party was held at the end of April. The following volunteers deserve special thanks for their long hours in improving our "sacred training hall:" Sensei(s) Ellin Moore, Rob Neff, Richy Vachino, John Adams, Mr. John Lee, the Emmenuel family (who showed up both days!), the Draghi and Heese families, Gerard Rath, Ash Venkatraman, James Rothermel, Kathy and Bill Chin, and Dave Boxley.

New Uptown USRKUSA Club

Mr. John Adams, Ni-Dan, opened a Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate Club at the Harlem Holistic Center (115 West 128th St. and Lenox Ave.) on Mar. 25. Classes run from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and emphasize family-oriented training. Any and all deshi from the tri-state area are encouraged to show up and serve as examples for the new students. Domo arigato, Mr. Adams, for your initiative in bringing Shorin-Ryu to yet another Manhattan community.

2012 Weapons Workshop

Our annual Kobudo Workshop, co-sponsored by the Ueshiro Midtown and Downtown dojo, was held on March 16 on the rooftops of St. Barts Cathedral. Kyoshi David Baker gave an in-depth review of the sai while Sensei Kevin Reymond worked mirror image kata with the nunchuka group. Mr. Sam Suzuki represented the tonfa and Kyoshi Mackay led the bo students through basics and kata. Domo arigato gozaimasu to all the black belt and brown belt participants who are shouldering the task of preserving these ancient forms. Photographs of the workout may be seen here.

Ueshiro Commemorative Banner

One of our Ni-Dans, Mr. Ron Ballin, designed and produced a commemorative banner which now hangs proudly in the Hombu Dojo. The artwork is inspired by traditional Japanese scrolls and copies will hang in various dojo and clubs across the country. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Mr. Ballin for his creative efforts, more of which we shall see in the 50th Anniversary Journal.

Full Belt Promotion – Feb. 2012

On February 12, the Hombu Dojo conducted its semi-annual review of kyu ranks. The workout and test were dedicated to the memory of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro and the next 50 years of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA. By the time the test ended six hours later, every student had performed over 150 repetitions of kata.


Congratulations to the group for their display of endurance, especially the children participants: Jermiah Emmenuel, Muhammad Jalloh, Ansumana Bangura and Joëlle Ramson. After a thorough review by a panel of five Black Belt judges, the following deshi were promoted in rank: 

  • Yon-Kyu

Shawn Nemoto
Sam DiGiaro
Dhrubani Paul
Stephanie Toper
Alex Zemnitskiy
Jermiah Emmenuel
Matthew Emmenuel

  • San-Kyu

Neil Nemoto
Pino Villablanca
Antonio Gonzalez
Solomon Ayub
James Rothermel
Ashwin Venkatraman
Alden Rothe

  • Ni-Kyu

Joëlle Ramson

Domo arigato to judges for their careful deliberations and to the non-testing students for their assistance with yaku-soku kumite and bunkai. Domo arigato gozaimasu as well to our out-of-town visitors, Sensei Rebecca Scott from the Bushi Dojo in Santa Monica, and Mr. Frank Mowka and Art Forne from the Easton, Ct. Karate Club.

Photographs of the day's events are available here:

Gallery 1 Gallery 2


Sensei Ramson appointed Chief Instructor of the Midtown Dojo

Sensei Gamiel Ramson, Go-Dan, has become the "Chief Instructor" of the Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo, effective Dec. 15. Sensei Ramson's 25 plus years of training at the Midtown Dojo have made him an invaluable member of the Hombu Dojo community. As mentioned during our year-end compai, his dedication to rigorous training, his commitment to the high standards of our kata, and his ongoing efforts to improve both his own karate and that of every student makes Sensei Ramson eminently qualified for this role. Sensei has also exhibited great loyalty to Hanshi and Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA both on and off the deck. Congratulations to Sensei Ramson on his most deserved promotion.   

December tip test - Dec. 27, 2011

Our final tip test of the year was held on Dec. 27. Congratulations to Kathy Chin, Shailesh Singhal, Barry Perlman and James Moskie on their promotions, and domo arigato to black belts and kyu ranks for assisting with the test. As noted by the Board of Judges, this test was a great "head start" on the new year.

Sensei Ramson appointed Chief Instructor of the Midtown Dojo

Sensei Gamiel Ramson, Go-Dan, has become the "Chief Instructor" of the Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo, effective Dec. 15. Sensei Ramson's 25 plus years of training at the Midtown Dojo have made him an invaluable member of the Hombu Dojo community. As mentioned during our year-end compai, his dedication to rigorous training, his commitment to the high standards of our kata, and his ongoing efforts to improve both his own karate and that of every student makes Sensei Ramson eminently qualified for this role. Sensei has also exhibited great loyalty to Hanshi and Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA both on and off the deck. Congratulations to Sensei Ramson on his most deserved promotion.   

Hombu Dojo year-end workout and compai - Dec. 15, 2011

The Hombu Dojo celebrated the accomplishments of 2011 with a workout and compai on Dec. 15. Each student said a few words of appreciation to Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA and exhibited a special kata with his or her peers to end the year on a strong note.  Domo arigato to all for your hard work in perfecting our kata, and your individual efforts in keeping the Dojo running.    

System-wide Black Belt workout and compai - Dec. 4, 2011

Sunday, Dec. 4 marked the 49th Annual Black Belt workout and compai, attended by over 50 black belts from across the country training together for nearly five hours. Hanshi provided high-level instruction spanning everything from mastering the basics to understanding the subtleties of our most difficult black belt kata. Domo arigato gozaimasu, Hanshi, for bringing focus and cohesion to Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA

After the workout the group adjourned to the sushi restaurant Japonica for much revelry and holiday cheer. Domo arigato to Kyoshi(s) Baker, Seeger and Kaplan for their leadership and to all our out-of-town guests for braving the holiday mania of New York to attend this event.

Finally, I am most grateful to the numerous black belts who contributed in large and small ways to organizing the weekend. The black belt training and compai simply could not happen without the contributions and coordinated efforts of many. 

Self-defense program for Colgate-Palmolive - Nov. 2011

The Hombu Dojo hosted a month-long karate and self-defense program for the employees of Colgate- Palmolive as part of their "Live Better Challenge," a program sponsored by Colgate to improve the health and fitness of their workers. Classes were held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 for the month of November. Domo arigato to Sensei(s) Silver and Vachino, Mr. Flores, Michelle Napoli, Barry Perlman and Kathy Chin for their participation in the course. We introduced Shorin-Ryu to nearly a dozen employees of the company, including a core group of five who attended most of the 10 classes. 

"Train to win" seminar conducted by Hanshi - Oct. 30, 2011

Hanshi Robert Scaglione travelled from Florida to provide an intensive workout at the Hombu Dojo on Sunday, Oct. 30. The two-hour class, open to all students, included numerous high-level corrections along the theme, "Train to win." Key concepts covered by Hanshi were released in a subsequent "Technique of the Week," available here. 

9/11 Memorial Workout, Central Park - Sept. 11, 2011

Our 10th annual Central Park workout was held near the Sheep's Meadow in Central Park to commemorate those lost in the 911 attacks. We were joined by many black belts and deshi from affiliated dojo, including a surprise appearance by Capt. Robin Islam, Sho-dan. The workout drew a large contingent of spectators as groups performed kata among the pine trees and granite outcroppings. Domo arigato in particular to the many children deshi whose enthusiasm offset the solemnity of the occasion.

August full belt promotion  - Aug. 7, 2011

Hanshi Robert Scaglione traveled from Florida to lead our Summer Promotion on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the St. Barts Athletic Center. The advanced workout and test lasted four hours with eight students being considered for promotion. Photographs of the marathon event may be seen here.

"Karate Kids Kamp" visits Hombu Dojo  - Aug. 6, 2011

Kyoshi Matt Kaplan of the Ueshiro Okinawan Karate Family Club brought a group of teens from the Penn. State dojo to train at St. Barts on Saturday, Aug. 6. Their visit was part of a five day tour of dojo in the Northeast, combined with cultural excursions in nearby cities. Hanshi Robert Scaglione presided over the class, which was followed by an informative "Question and Answer" session.  

After the workout a large group enjoyed lunch at a nearby NYC diner, followed by a trek through Central Park and a visit to the Museum of Natural History.

Sherwood Island beach workout  - July 10, 2011

Our traditional beach workout took place on an idyllic summer morning at the Sherwood Is. State Park in Weston, Ct.  Students from several affiliated dojo and clubs joined us: Palisades, Northern Virginia, Pelham Manor, Easton, Downtown NY, and the St. Barts Summer Camp. Domo arigato to Ali Chan, Alden Rothe and Shabbir Kazmi for documenting the day's events.

After the three hour workout students and their families adjourned to Sensei Adam Dunsby's residence for a pool-side BBQ. The Dunsby's and Easton Karate Club have hosted this event for many years running. It is a perfect way to decompress after a marathon workout.

Shorin-Ryu demonstration - June 11, 2011

Sho-dan Candace Morgan sponsored a karate demonstration for artist Jimmy Mirikitani’s 91st birthday on Saturday, June 11 at "The Village at 46 & Tenth." Mirikitani San is a survivor of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima and 911. His inspiring story of endurance is told in the  documentary film, The Cats of Mirikitani. This is the second year the Midtown Dojo has participated in the celebration. 

50th Anniversary edition of "The Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate Question and Answer Book" released - June 1, 2011

The third printing of the "Question and Answer Book", by Hanshi Robert Scaglione and Sensei William Cummins, has been released in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary Celebration planned for August, 2012.  Please pickup up one or more copies at the Dojo at your convenience.  The cost is $12.

Sensei Nichuals memorial workout and katathon - 
May 22, 2011

An outdoor workout was held May 22 to celebrate the warrior spirit of Sensei Dan Nichuals, Shihan of the Ueshiro Okinawan Karate Club of Pelham Manor, who passed away from pancreatic cancer 5 years ago. This workout was hosted by the Pelham Manor Karate Club and was held at the Glen Island Westchester County Park. 

The occasion was also used to perform one hour of back-to-back kata as a fundraiser for the victims of last March's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Participants raised over $1,800 in contributions to the American Red Cross by collecting donations for each minute of full speed/full power kata performed.  Domo arigato gozaimasu to those who attended, and their extended support network, for their tremendous generosity.

May Day wilderness workout – May 1, 2011

The morning following Black Belt testing, Sensei Dan Gobillot of the Ueshiro Northampton Dojo hosted an outdoor workout in Chapel Brook Park attended by deshi from the Northampton, Midtown and Suntree Dojos.  The class marked a Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA tradition: putting on the gi the day after a test and starting to earn our current rank.  Domo arigato to Sensei Gobillot for leading us to such an inspiring venue.

Black Belt test – Apr. 30, 2011

A Black Belt test was held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Northampton Ueshiro Karate Dojo. Hanshi Robert Scaglione traveled from Melbourne, Florida to oversee the day's events.  Training commenced before 10:00 am and continued until 7:30 pm that evening.  Over 30 black belts representing 12 dojo attended to train under Hanshi and support those candidates being considered for promotion.

After a comprehensive review of kata, weapons, kumite and atemi waza, the following Deshi from the Ueshiro Midtown Dojo advanced in rank:


  • Candace Morgan

  • Sam Suzuki

  • James Gasca


  • Ron Ballin

On behalf of Hanshi Robert Scaglione, congratulations to all the candidates for your demonstration of endurance and presence of mind during the marathon test. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei Dan Gobillot, his students and extended family for their exceptional courtesy as hosts for the weekend’s events.

Visitors from Florida dojo – Apr. 28, 2011

On April 28 we had the pleasure of training with Sensei David Tamir, Shihan of the Ueshiro Suntree YMCA Dojo, along with two of his Ik-kyu students. Their visit was part of a tour of all USRKUSA dojo in the Northeast to prepare for the Black Belt test held in Northampton, MA.

Tip test – Apr. 26, 2011

In honor of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro's 78th Birthday, the April tip test was held at the Shorin-Ryu Federal Reserve Bank of NY Karate Club. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei John Bottega and his students for hosting the event.  After a traditional test comprised of kata, basics, demonstration of strength and understanding of Shorin-Ryu history, five students were promoted in rank. Domo arigato to the Black Belt judges for their perceptive comments on the candidates' performances, and to the deshi from both the Midtown Dojo and FRBNY Club for lending their support.

After formal presentations the group adjourned to the parapets of the landmark Federal Reserve Bank building for informal training 14 floors above New York's historic financial district. 

St. Barts Renovations – Mar. 2011

The management of the St. Bart’s Athletic Center has expressed their gratitude to all the karate students who volunteered to help paint the main entrance over these past few weeks. Many of you attended more than one work session and the job probably would not have been finished without your help. Domo arigato gozaimasu for your strong showing of community spirit.

Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA Karate Newsletter - Spring 2011

The Spring Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA Karate Newsletter is now available on line for your enjoyment. 

Domo arigato gozaimasu to Mr. Bob Dobrow of the Ueshiro Northfield, MN dojo for compiling and distributing this information.

Presidents' Weekend Training Program in Florida –
Feb. 18 - 21, 2011

The 2011 Florida Karate Weekend started Friday evening with a workout at the Cocoa YMCA Dojo, hosted by Sensei Ron Marchetti. On Saturday morning training continued in earnest with Hanshi conducting at the Viera Recreation Center Gymnasium. At about noon Hanshi split the group into separate seminars on kata, followed by additional seminars in traditional weapons. The session ended with demonstrations of weapons kata, after which the deshi assembled at the Viera lakeside pavilion for a BBQ compai.

The three-day marathon resumed early Sunday morning with an outdoor workout at Lori Wilson Beach. Hanshi arrived in time to review Fukyugata San with the group, then offered corrections to the Ik-kyu. At the end of the workout Hanshi assembled the students in a large circle for white belt demonstrations of board breaking, plus special demonstrations of kata and weapons from the higher ranks.

The event would not have been possible without the exceptional hospitality of Sensei(s) David Tamir, Ron Marchetti and Kurt Tezel, along with their respective students. And of course a special "Domo arigato, Hanshi!" to Hanshi Robert Scaglione for keeping the standards of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA so high.

Full rank promotion – Feb. 13, 2011

The Hombu Dojo held its full belt promotion on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Due to the main gymnasium being closed for repairs, the test was held inside the Karate Studio. Domo arigato to everyone for adapting to the "Dojo in a Box" concept. After four hours of rigorous training and review 11 students advanced in rank.

Congratulations to the test candidates for dealing with every challenge thrown at them, including being asked to perform kata facing different directions. Domo arigato gozaimasu to the black belt judges, as well as all the others who did not test but lent great support. Thank you also to the participants from the Ueshiro Easton, Ct. Karate Club and to the loyal group of family members who came down to chronicle the day's events.

Tip test – Feb. 8, 2011

The first tip test of 2011 was held on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Congratulations to those promoted to Ro-kyu. Domo arigato to the Board of Judges, as well as the many other participants who showed up to train and give their support. We were also honored to have representatives from the Pelham Manor, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and Downtown Karate Clubs in attendance.

Hanshi Seminar at Hombu Dojo – Jan. 29, 2011

Hanshi Robert Scaglione offered a standing-room only class at the Hombu Dojo on Saturday, Jan. 29. Also attending was Sensei Sal Scaglione, Denshi/Shihan of the East Meets West Karate Club of Northern Virginia. The seminar lasted two-hours and served as an invaluable primer for the upcoming Feb. tests.

New Year’s Eve class – Dec. 31, 2011

A special New Year's Eve class was held on Dec. 31, conducted by Sensei Ramson and Mr. Ballin. The class started at 4:30 pm and was rumored to have continued until just before midnight.

Tip test - Dec. 21, 2010 

The final tip test of the year will be on Tuesday, Dec. 21.  The pre-test workout will begin at 5:30 pm.  Sensei Haven Pell of the Ueshiro Bushi Dojo in Santa Monica, will be co-hosting the event.  Please submit your test materials (written paragraph and fee) by Dec. 20.

Midtown Dojo year-end compai - Dec. 14, 2010 

Our year-end celebration will be held in the Dojo on Tuesday, Dec. 14, starting at 5:30 pm.  All ranks are invited.  As per tradition, we will have a vigorous workout until 6:45, followed by an informal gathering to wish each other happy holidays.  Light refreshments will be served.

System-wide Annual Black Belt Workout - 
Dec. 4 - 5, 2010

Black belts from all dojo around the world are invited to the 48th Annual year-end workout and compai (celebration).  Please prepare demonstrations. Hanshi will take this opportunity to review all participants individually.  The hours are Sat. 10 am to 5:30 pm and Sun. 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. 

Tip test - Oct. 26, 2010
Our next tip test for Ro-kyu and Go-kyu ranks will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26 starting at 5:30 pm. Candidates, please submit your paragraph and fee ($10 for first tip, $20 for second tip) no later than Oct. 19, 2010. 
Hanshi to conduct advanced seminar - 
Sept. 25, 2010

Hanshi Robert Scaglione will be conducting an Advanced Training Seminar open to all students at the St. Barts Gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 25, starting at 11:00 AM. Deshi from all Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA Dojo and Club are encouraged to attend. Hanshi's review of the core principles behind traditional basics and kata will be of high relevance to the beginner white belt through eighth degree black belt. To cover the costs of renting the gymnasium there will be a $10 seminar fee. 

Full belt promotion - Aug. 15, 2010

A review of students testing for green belt and above will be held on Sunday, Aug. 15, in the St. Bart's gymnasium.  The pre-test workout will begin at 10:00 am sharp.  Please submit your promotion materials to Kyoshi by Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the latest.  The Friday 5:30 pm classes in the weeks preceding the test will place an emphasis on preparing deshi for their test.  Please take advantage of these special review classes. 

Brown Belt class - Aug. 12, 2010

The newly-reinstated brown belt class continues this month on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 pm.  Insofar as most Ik-kyu and Ni-kyu will not be testing in August, consider this class your semi-annual "review."  Former brown belts are welcome to join in.

St. Barts Summer Camp demonstration - 
Aug. 11, 2010

A demonstration for and by the karate campers at St. Barts will be held Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 11, starting at 2:00.  Adult deshi of all levels are welcome to participate.  The workout/exhibition will run until about 2:40, followed by sushi with the parents. 

Green tip test - Aug. 10, 2010

In anticipation of our full belt promotion, we will be holding a tip test on Tuesday, Aug. 10, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Candidates should ask a black belt instructor to review the requirements well in advance of the event.  Spectators and students of all ranks are invited to attend.

Black Belt only class - Aug. 5, 2010

All black belts system-wide are invited to attend the black belt only class on Thursday, Aug. 5, starting at 5:30 pm

Green belt emphasis class - July 28, 2010

Sensei Reymond will host the green belt emphasis class, starting at 5:30 PM. Leave extra time to get to the dojo as President Obama will be attending a fund raiser at the Four Seasons Hotel this evening at 57th St. and Park.

Sherwood Is. Beach Workshop - July 18, 2010

The annual beach workout will be held at Sherwood Is. State Park Sunday, July 18, rain or shine (directions and map). The Park gates open at 8:00 am and the workout will begin at 8:30. Follow signs for the "East Beach" which includes changing facilities, showers and rest rooms. Bring water, sun-screen and weapons. Deshi particularly sensitive to the sun may wear sun glasses and/or visors. Shoes are optional, although the Park now advises visitors to "wear water shoes to protect their feet from sharp shells and rocks that are found on the beach." 

The workout will be followed by an informal pool-side picnic and BBQ at the home of Sensei Adam Dunsby's starting at 12:30 pm.  Friends and family are welcome.

Brown belt class to be reinstated - July 8, 2010

The Midtown Dojo will reinstate the Brown Belt class on a monthly basis starting July 8 and continuing on the second Thursday of each month. The class will begin at 7:00 pm and be conducted by high-ranking black belts on a rotating basis. 

The Brown Belt class is intended to help prepare ni-kyu and ik-kyu for the upcoming Black Belt reviews. As per tradition, the emphasis will be on building endurance and tanden (spirit), as discussed more fully in Chapter 3 of "Building Warrior Spirit."  

The Black Belt and Green Belt emphasis classes will continue as usual, with July's Black Belt class starting at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 1.

Friday youth class with the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan

Ms. Hend Elsayed, Ni-Dan, has started a karate club for teenagers under the auspices of the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan. The group has been training regularly at the 5:30 Friday class, co-conducted by Mr. Ron Ballin. Please show your support for these new Deshi by attending the 5:30 class, and working one-on-one before or after the formal session. 

Green tip test - June 15, 2010

The next green tip test is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, starting at 5:30 pm. Students wishing to test should speak to their primary instructor to receive permission to test and assistance in submitting test materials.

Shorin-Ryu demonstration - June 12, 2010

Ik-kyu Candace Morgan is organizing a karate demonstration for Saturday, June 12, between 1:00 and 2:00 pm at "The Village at 46 & Tenth," a senior citizen living center located at 510 West 46th St (between 10 - 11th Aves.). The demonstration is part of a community-wide celebration for artist Jimmy Mirikitani, a survivor of WWII internment camps and Hiroshima, who will be turning 90. Mirikitani San's remarkable story is told in the award-winning documentary, "The Cats of Mirikitani".  A group will be departing from the dojo on Saturday at 12:30; or meet us in Room 201 at the Senior Center.

Dojo to offer classes through St. Barts Summer Camp - June 7 to Aug. 11, 2010

Starting June 7, the dojo will host karate classes for children via the St. Barts Summer Camp. Class times are 1 pm to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and will run until Aug. 20th. The program is being led by Sensei Rob Neff with Victoria Baughman as assistant instructor. Please schedule your informal training around these times, and be sure to leave the dojo impeccably clean after every class.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY demo and tip test - 
May 4, 2010

Sensei John Bottega has cordially invited us to participate in an open-house at his recently-established dojo/club in the Health and Fitness center of the FRBNY. Deshi of all levels are encouraged to attend. The workout begins promptly at 5:30 pm and students are asked to arrive at the door by 5:00 pm. A group will be leaving from the St. Bart's Dojo at 4:30 pm. Security at the Fed. requires participants show photo ID. Bo's will be permitted. Note: This workout replaces the normally scheduled 5:30pm and 7:15pm classes at the St. Bart’s dojo. The FRBNY is located at 33 Liberty St. one block East of Broadway. The gym is on the 14th floor and has full locker and shower facilities.

Northampton Black Belt test results - Apr. 17, 2010

Representatives from Boston, Northampton, Virginia, Florida, New York, Connecticut, and Santa Monica gathered at the Pine Forest Dojo for eight hours of workouts and black belt testing under the auspices of Hanshi Robert Scaglione.  

The following Ueshiro Midtown Dojo deshi were promoted in rank:

  • Sho-dan - Sergio Flores 

  • Ni-dan -  Hend Elsayed 

  • Special presentation of Roku-Dan certificate - Sensei Kevin Reymond 

Other members of the Ueshiro Midtown Dojo participating in the workouts included: Kyoshi David Baker, Sensei(s) Luz DeLucia and Rob Neff, Messrs. John Adams, Ron Ballin, and Jon Cohen.  Brown belts were represented by Henri Waelbroeck and Gerard Rath.

Domo arigato to all who made the long trek, and especially to Denshi Shihan Dan Gobillot, Director of the Pine Forest Dojo, for organizing this memorable event.

Tip test - Apr. 20

A green tip test is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, starting at 5:30 pm. Candidates should submit their materials at the dojo no later than Monday, April 19.

Hanshi to visit Mass. Dojo - Apr. 17 - 18, 2010

We have been invited to attend workouts conducted by Hanshi Robert Scaglione in the Northampton and Boston, Mass. dojo for the weekend of April 17 and 18. Students of all levels are invited to the Saturday 10:00 am workout in Northampton, and black belts are invited to the dan-level training and test in the afternoon (exact time to be announced). 

Training with Hanshi will continue at the Ueshiro Boston Chinatown Dojo at 12:30 pm Sunday.  If you are driving or if you need a ride please email Kyoshi with particulars (departure time and place). A mini-van will also be leaving from the Pelham train station at 6:30 am Saturday.

Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA Karate Newsletter - Spring 2010

The Spring Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA Karate Newsletter is now available on line for your enjoyment. 

PDF format (58 MB)

DOC format (34 MB)

Domo arigato to Sensei Karen Brophy for an outstanding job for producing this edition. 

Tightened security at St. Barts

Because of our building's proximity to the Waldorf Astoria (guest lodge of visiting Presidents), the St. Bart's Community House has received substantial funding from the Dept. of Homeland Security to improve security. The gymnasium and public hallways are now under 24 hour video surveillance and most doors have new locks. Instructors should see Kyoshi to obtain a new Medco key for the dojo door. Also, please avoid letting people into the Center if you exit onto 50th St. after class.

Weapons Workshop - Mar. 21

The third Annual Weapons Workshop will be held Sunday, Mar. 21 from 10:00am to noon.  Sensei Reymond has again graciously offered to sponsor a weapons workshop in the St. Bart's gymnasium. The event will be open to ni-kyu (brown belts) and above. Ni-kyu with less than one year at rank: this is an opportunity for you to gain exposure to all the traditional Okinawan weapons without having to commit to which one you will eventually pursue.

Green tip test - Feb. 16

Our first tip test for 2010 will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting at 5:30 pm.  Candidates should be proficient with basics and kata, as well as some knowledge of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu USA history. 

Full rank promotion - Feb. 14

In celebration of the Chinese new year, the semi-annual test for green belt through black tips has been scheduled for this Sunday, Feb. 14, starting at 11:00 am in the St. Barts gymnasium.  A vigorous workout will proceed the formal testing.  Advanced students who are not testing, please bring a prepared demonstration for the group.  Family and friends are welcome to observe.

Florida February workout weekend - Feb. 4 - 8

Students world-wide are invited to travel to Florida for five full days of karate workshops and classes, conducted by Hanshi Robert Scaglione, Kyoshi David Baker and high-ranking Shihan from the Florida schools. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your training up a notch, as well as to escape the snows of New York. If you cannot make all events, at least come for the sunrise beach workout on Sunday, Feb. 7.  For full details see Sensei Tamir's schedule

Year-end Black Belt workout and annual meeting - Dec. 5 and 6, 2009

The 2009 Annual Black Belt Workout and Dinner will be held over two days this year, starting Sat., Dec. 5 at 11:00 am and Sun., Dec. 6, at 9:00 am. Hanshi Robert Scaglione will preside over both events to be held in the St. Barts Athletic Center. The workouts will include advanced seminars in kata, bunkai, weapons, kumite and breaking. There will also be special demonstrations by all dojo and clubs. Please RSVP to your Shihan by Nov. 15, 2009 regarding your travel plans.

High School for Leadership & Public Service open house - Sept. 17, 2009

All Midtown students are invited to join Sensei Rob Neff for  an open house at the High School for Leadership & Public Service, 90 Trinity Place (right next to the American Stock Exchange) starting at 3:30. We will be leaving from the Midtown Dojo at about 2:45 to take the subway down town. If you plan to meet us there, simply ask security for directions to the basement.

Sept. 11 Memorial Workout, Central Park - Sept. 13, 2009

Please join Sensei Steve Lott and myself for the eighth annual Central Park workout to be held Sunday, Sept. 13, starting at 10:00 AM. Bring sunscreen, water and weapons (excluding nunchuka). Friends and family are also welcome.  

Directions: To mystify this year's location (and encourage an appreciation of Central Park history), please research the following:

Begin at the Central Park borogroves. Follow the path due north. If you reach a glass wall, you've gone too far.

August tip test and promotion - Aug. 9, 2009

The August tip test and promotion will be held jointly on Sunday, Aug. 9, in the gymnasium of the St. Barts Athletic Center.  The pre-test workout will start at 10:00 am.  Please submit your test materials (paragraph and fee) to your black belt sponsor no later than Thursday, Aug. 4.   

Sherwood Beach workout - July 19, 2009

The annual beach workout at Sherwood Island State Park is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, starting at 8:30 am. Students from USRKUSA schools world-wide are encouraged to attend. Changing facilities, showers and rest rooms are available.  Please bring water, sun-screen and weapons.

An informal pool-side picnic/BBQ will be held at the home of Sensei Adam Dunsby afterwards beginning at approximately 1 pm (directions). Domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei Dunsby and the Easton Ct. Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate Club for their generous hospitality these many years.

Black Belt only class - July 9, 2009 

The July black belt class has been rescheduled from Thursday, July 2 to Thursday, July 9 in order to accommodate those enjoying an extended July 4th weekend.  

Summer school class - July 8, 2009 

Sensei Rob Neff will be bringing a large group of summer school students from the High School for Leadership & Public Service Karate Club to train at the Midtown Dojo on Wednesday, July 8 during the noon class.  Any green-belt and above is welcome to attend as an "assistant instructor" and work with this enthusiastic group.  

New Friday noon-time classes starting June 26, 2009  

Sensei Richard Vachino will be offering a new class during the summer months on Fridays from noon to 1:00 pm. Both children and adults are welcome at both this class and Sensei's Wednesday noon class. Please note that tuition (either monthly or the per class rate) is half off for the second family member. As school winds down for the summer, please consider training with your children or extended family at our dojo.

Revised Black Belt Kata guidelines, 2009 

Hanshi Robert Scaglione has updated the list of black belt kata requirements.  The new guidelines show both time and rank requirements for all the advanced kata. Note the use of the phrase "may be started." It means advanced deshi are not required to start a new kata even if they meet the qualifications. Hanshi always encourages us to focus on perfecting the kata we know before moving ahead to a new kata.

Green tip test - June 16, 2009 

A green tip test will be held Tuesday, June 16, starting at 6:30 pm. A one-hour workout will precede the test.  Please have your paragraph and fee submitted no later than Monday, June 15th.

Garcia Sensei Memorial Workout - June 13, 2009

Saturday, June 13, we will hold a special workout to mark the one year anniversary of Sensei Eddie Garcia's passing. Please join me at 12 noon, rain or shine, at the East River Park Amphitheatre, located just south of Grand St at the East River [map and directionsThere will be NO classes at the St. Bart's location. 

Those of you who trained with or knew Sensei Garcia personally, please take this opportunity to pay tribute to a remarkable black belt. New students are welcome to join us to glean some of Sensei Garcia's enormous energy as expressed vicariously through his students and colleagues.

Black belt class - June 11, 2009 

The June black belt will be held Thursday, June 11, starting at 5:30 pm, instead of Thursday, June 4th.

Green tip test - Apr. 21, 2009

A green tip test will be held on Tuesday, April 21, starting at 5:30 pm. Candidates wishing to test should submit their essays and fees to me no later than Friday, April 17.

Guest Instructor class - Apr. 8, 2009 

On Wednesday, April 8, Sensei Carmelo Aleman of the Ueshiro Poinciana Karate Club will be sponsoring a special Guest Instructor class for all levels starting at 7:15 pm. Training with a visiting Shihan is one of the great perks we have as members of USRKUSA. Please take advantage of it.

Spring Newsletter - Mar. 25, 2009

Domo arigato to Sensei Patrick and Sempai Lisa Markowitz of the Northern Virginia East Meets West Karate Club for publishing the Spring Karate Newsletter (available at This journal continues to evolve as the organization grows. This latest attempt is an impressive work. Use it to familiarize yourself with all the dojo around the world that you must someday visit.

Advanced Weapons Workshop - Mar. 8, 2009 

An advanced weapons workshop will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at the St. Barts Gymnasium. Brown belts and above are encouraged to take advantage of in-depth seminars exploring the weapon of their choice. Brown belts who have not decided which weapon to pursue are welcome to attend and try out the various traditional weapons - we will have extras for you. Domo arigato to Sensei Kevin Reymond for sponsoring this event.

Ueshiro Midtown Green Tip Test - Feb. 17, 2009 

A tip test will be held on February 17, Tuesday, starting at 7:00 pm to accommodate test candidates. Deadline for paragraphs and fees is Friday, Feb. 13.

Ueshiro Midtown Full Belt Test - Feb. 15, 2009 

Our full belt promotion will be held this Sunday, Feb. 15, from 12 noon until 2:00 pm at the St. Barts Gymnasium. This evening (Thursday) is the deadline to submit test materials to Kyoshi via the dojo

High School for Leadership & Public Service Tip Test - Feb. 13, 2009

Sensei Rob Neff will be hosting a green tip test this Friday, Feb. 13, at the High School for Leadership & Public Service, 90 Trinity Place (right next to the American Stock Exchange) starting at 2:45. Please note that the start time is 15 minutes earlier than previously announced. Students of all levels are welcome to participate. We will be leaving from the Midtown Dojo at about 12:10 to take the subway down town. If you plan to meet us there, simply ask security for directions to the basement.

Black belt-only class - Mar. 5, 2009 

Classes on the evening of Thursday, March 5, will be open to black belts only,  starting at 5:30 pm. Seasoned black belts are encouraged to assist in the initiation of our three new Sho-dans: Kim Garon, John Draghi and Jonathan Cohen.

Florida karate weekend - Feb. 6-8, 2009 

Hanshi Robert Scaglione will sponsor numerous training opportunities beginning with a "kick-off" workout at Cocoa Beach conducted by Kyoshi Seeger on Friday evening. Saturday will include training and seminars at the Cocoa YMCA location at 11am and at the Viera Rec Center location at 2pm. Sunday will be training at the Suntree YMCA location at 11am.  Hanshi is also planning a black belt review (black belts only) and kyu level tests (all invited).

Northampton, MA black belt review - Jan. 17, 2009

The Northampton Pine Forest Dojo will host a black belt test Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, starting at 10am. Black belts from the Ueshiro Midtown Dojo are encouraged to join Kyoshi Mackay for the trip north to assist with the testing.

Green tip test - Dec. 16, 2008

A tip test will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Applicants should review the requirements and submit their test materials no later than Dec. 15.

Year-end workout and compai - Dec. 11, 2008

Our annual holiday workout/compai will be held this Thursday at the Karate Studio, starting at 5:30 pm. All ranks are cordially invited. Traditionally, we work out until about 6:30, then gather in a circle for a round of "compai" (toasting in the new year) with sake or soda. After the compai students and family are welcome to join us for dinner at a local sushi restaurant.

Annual black belt workout and dinner - Dec. 7, 2008

All black belts system-wide are cordially invited to the Annual Black Belt workout, meeting and dinner to celebrate another year of growth and vigorous training. Hanshi Robert Scaglione will convene all dan-level ranks at the Hombu Dojo, New York City, this Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:00 am. This day is reserved for black belts only.

As many out of town visitors are bringing family members who are kyu ranks, we encourage any and all deshi to join the Friday 5:30 PM class and the Saturday 10:45 AM and noon classes. Directions and other information about the Hombu dojo may be found at the link below.

Several students of the Ueshiro Midtown Dojo are offering accommodations to our extended Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu family, so please contact me if you need a place to stay either Friday or Saturday nights.

Penn State workout - Nov. 1-2, 2008
The fall North East road trip will be hosted by Sensei Matt Kaplan and The Ueshiro Okinawan Karate Family Club. This weekend will also be an opportunity to celebrate Hanshi's 70th birthday.  Please make every effort to attend.  Details of the weekend's many events may be found here.
Green tip test, Midtown Dojo - Oct. 23, 2008
All qualified white belts and ro-kyu are invited to test for their first/next green tip Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Students of all ranks are invited to participate in the training before the test, and to assist with judging and demonstrations..
Guest instructor class - Oct. 15, 2008
Mr. Shabbir Kazmi of the Ueshiro East Meets West Karate Club of Northern Virginia will be conducting a guest instructor class Wednesday evening starting at 7:15pm. All deshi of all levels are encouraged to attend this class, which will explore the first move of each kata, as well as offer a good basic workout.
New Sunday class starting Sept. 28, 2008
A Sunday morning class is being initiated this weekend, from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, conducted by Ik-kyu Jon Cohen. Domo arigato, Jon. The introduction of this class gives Ueshiro Midtown deshi formal training opportunities seven days a week. 
Sept. 11 memorial workout - Sept. 14, 2008

Please join Kyoshi and Sensei Lott for the 7th Annual USRKUSA Memorial Workout on Sunday, Sept. 14th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The workout will be held at a new location: the terrace at the east end of Turtle Pond, in front of the statue of King Jagiello (map). Enter Central Park at 79th St. This workout is open to students of all ranks. As per tradition, participants may wear informal training clothes or full gi.

Green tip test, Midtown Dojo - Aug. 26, 2008
We will be conducting a green tip test this Tuesday, Aug. 26, starting at 7:15 pm at the Karate Studio in the St. Bart's Athletic Center. All candidates, please submit your paragraph and fee to Kyoshi as soon as possible.  Students of all ranks are encouraged to participate in the workouts immediately before and stay to support those testing later in the evening.
August Belt Promotion - Aug. 10, 2008
Our summer full belt promotion will be held at the St. Bart's Gymnasium, beginning at 10:00.  Students should arrive a little early to change and warm up.  Also, please join me in welcoming Hanshi Robert Scaglione back to New York City.  Hanshi will be overseeing the workout and test.
Sherwood Beach workout - July 13, 2008

Hanshi Robert Scaglione will preside over this summer's beach workout held at Sherwood Island State Park, starting at 8:30 am, Sunday, July 13. Students from USRKUSA schools world-wide are encouraged to attend. An informal pool-side picnic/BBQ will be held at the home of Sensei Adam Dunsby afterwards beginning at approximately 1 pm (directions). We will use this gathering as an opportunity to remember and compai Sensei Eddie Garcia.

Green tip test, Sands Point - June 21, 2008

A green tip test will be held Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, rain or shine. Ik-Kyu Sam Suzuki has offered us access to the beach at Sands Point, Long Island, for a workout and tip test, followed by a BBQ lunch afterwards. Applicants wishing to test for their first or second green tip should contact Kyoshi at their earliest convenience to review the test requirements.

Northeast Road Trip - May 10, 2008

The Spring Northeast road trip will take place at the Mt. Airy Casino Resort, Mt. Pocono, PA, on Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Weather permitting, we will train on the 18th hole Green which sits on a lake and is surrounded by sand traps for Nihanchi kata. The pro shop will be open for bathrooms and changing and a light lunch will be served after the workout for anyone needing nourishment before their ride back. The Grand Ball Room has been reserved in the event of rain. Domo arigato gozaimasu to Sensei Chris Barnes for making the numerous arrangements for this workout. 

Although Northeast Road Trips are intended to be simple half-day conferences in high-caliber training, there are many opportunities for participants to enjoy the area's attractions. Feel free to make this a weekend getaway for you and your family.

For Driving directions visit For those using on-board Navigation, type in "Mount Airy Golf Course" for best results.

Barnes Sensei may be reached at

Week of Apr.  - Apr. 21 - 26, 2008

A week of celebration in honor of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro's 75th birthday. Expect many katathons and other tributes.

New Midtown Dojo Flyer

Domo arigato gozaimasu to Jon Cohen, Ik-Kyu, for designing and producing a full-color flyer about the Ueshiro Midtown Karate School.  Please pick up several copies of the brochure and distribute to family and friends.  Extra copies are available in the left hand side of the storage cabinet, and be sure to thank Jon next time you see him.  An online copy is available here.

Green Belt Emphasis Class - Apr. 9, 2008

The April Green Belt Emphasis class, conducted by Sensei Kevin Reymond, will be held Wednesday, Apr. 9. Students of all levels, including white belts, are encouraged to attend. Additional green belt emphasis classes are scheduled for May 7 and June 4.

Green Tip Test - Apr. 8, 2008

A tip test will be held for all eligible candidates on Tuesday, Apr. 8 beginning at 5:30 pm.  Applicants should review the requirements and submit their materials no later than Apr. 7

April Black Belt Class - Apr. 3, 2008

The April Black Belt class will be held on Thursday, Apr. 3 beginning at 5:30 pm and continuing at 7:15 pm.  Reminder:  black-belt only classes are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.

East Rockaway Open House - Mar. 30, 2008
The newly-opened Ueshiro East Rockaway Dojo will be holding an open house on Sunday, Mar. 30, starting at 2:15 pm. Students from the Midtown Dojo wishing to participate and prepare special demonstrations should contact Sensei Boris Grossman for details.
Green Belt Emphasis Class - Mar. 12, 2008

The March Green Belt Emphasis class, conducted by Sensei Steve Lott, will be held Wednesday, Mar. 12. Students of all levels, including white belts, are encouraged to attend. Additional green belt emphasis classes are scheduled for Apr. 9, May 7 and June 4.

Spring Newsletter - Mar. 8, 2008

The USRKUSA Spring 2008 newsletter has just been published. Catch up on what is happening around the world at the various Shorin-Ryu USA Dojo. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu to Sempai Lyle Kleusch, Ni-dan of the Ueshiro Hong Kong Karate Club for producing this edition.

March Black Belt Class - Mar. 6, 2008

The March Black Belt class will be held on Thursday, Mar. 6 beginning at 5:30 pm and continuing at 7:15 pm.  Reminder:  black-belt only classes are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.

February Belt Promotion - Feb. 10, 2008

Our semi-annual full rank promotion will begin at 10:00 am on Sunday in the St. Barts Gymnasium. The workout/test will run until about 1:00 pm. All candidates, judges, and supporters are encouraged to show up and train with much spirit.

East Rockaway Dojo Grand Opening - Jan. 26, 2008

Saturday, January 26th, 10:30 am is the grand opening of the Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A. East Rockaway Dojo, under the direction of Sensei Boris Grossman. Students of all levels, particularly beginners, are encouraged to attend the workout; advanced students: be prepared to participate in demonstrations.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Jan. 21, 2008

Regular classes will be held next Monday, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. All students are encouraged to reflect on Dr. King's philosophy of non-violence, and especially on how such values become mandated the higher we progress in rank.

Weapons Workshop - Jan. 20, 2008

The Weapons Workshop is this Sunday, January 20, 2008 from 10:00 am to noon in the gymnasium at St. Bart's. Brown belts and above are welcome to participate.

    January Tip Test - Jan. 15, 2008

The green tip test, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, will be held for those white belt candidates prepared to test at this time.  White belts unable to make this Tuesday's test will have another opportunity on Sunday, February 10.