Shishikai Dojo, Brisbane
27th Sept 2006 Sensei Jason Romer represents the Shishikai Dojo at the 20th Annual Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai in Queens, New York, USA.
The Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo Association was formed over 30 years ago as an organization to preserve, teach and develop the Shorinjiryu Karatedo of Kaiso Kori Hisataka throughout Australia. For the first 16 years of our existence, we were the official branch of the hombu dojo of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo, under the leadership of Kaiso Kori Hisataka and later his son, Hanshi Masayuki Hisataka. Most of our current senior instructors had the origins in the organization at that time.
In 1994, Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo became an independent organization based largely on the teachings of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo.
In 2000, we joined the
International Shorinjiryu Shinzen
Kyokai, and then in 2007 we became part of the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai
Watanabe Ha World Federation. This was a great chance for us to continue
to develop our Shorinjiryu practices under the leadership of Hanshi
Shunji Watanabe, a direct student of the founder. In the 4 years of our
working with Hanshi Watanabe we have learned a lot about the
Each year consideration is given for the award of a Black Belt of the Year within the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia organisation. Nominations are invited from the various Dojo Instructors, with those nominations reviewed by Shihan Jim, Shihan Max and the senior advisory council. Ordinarily, the award is made at the Annual Black Belt Camp, although this was not so this year for logistical reasons.
For this years award, four individuals were nominated for the Black Belt of the Year. Each of these individuals is very committed to Shorinjiryu, and is a consistent contributor to various events and aspects of the organisation.
On behalf of Shihan Jim and Shihan Max, I am pleased to announce that the Black Belt of the Year award for 2010 goes to Sensei Tony Fletcher of the Shishikai Dojo. The below information is copied from nominations received for Sensei Tony:
Please join us in congratulating Sensei Tony on his well deserved award of Black Belt of the Year.
During our 2010 National Training Camp at Coolum over the weekend of 16-18 April, Hanshi Watanabe oversaw the promotion of several yudansha (black belts).
On behalf of all members of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia, we are pleased to congratulate the following for their successful promotions:
In addition, Hanshi Watanabe announced the following individuals have been appointed to official advisory roles within the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha World Federation:
The Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Australia Training Camp was held the weekend of 3-5 April at the Chapel Hill Camp on Queensland Sunshine Coast. Members for this year’s camp came from the following Dojo:
Friday the 3rd of April saw the Black and Brown belts arrive ready to begin training and we launched into a very spirited session of the Sai Bo no kumite lead by Shihan Jim and Renshi Des. This was an excellent lesson and everyone threw themselves into either learning or re-learning this kumite.
Saturday morning commenced our 9-hour training session where Shihan Jim and Shihan Max conducted formal introductions and welcomes. Shihan Jim then read messages from Hanshi Watananbe and Hanshi Myron Lubitch (Shinzen Kyokai). While Hanshi Watanabe may not have been physically there with us, we know he was there in spirit and everyone recognized this.
A warm up session prepared us for the next lesson on kihon waza and the remainder of the day was a mixture of kata, kumite, goshin-jitsu, formal discussions and regular demonstrations from those grading. In addition, some students doing their Yudansha grading took lessons in Izutsu no waza and Sai Bo no kumite under the watchful eyes of Shihan’s Jim and Max and Renshi Des.
Following the evening meal the managing body of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia, the Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo Association Inc, held its Annual General Meeting. At this meeting the National Executive were elected:
Sunday saw the continuation and revision of Saturdays work with Shihan Max leading us through some in depth explanations of joint locking and pressure points which were then put into practice. By the sounds of the groans and tapping out, it was obvious everyone was getting into this session especially Shihan Jim and Sensei Jason who seemed to be trying to out do each other and take their joint locking to the next level.
The latter part of the morning saw the Mudansha being put through their grading and the following received their promotions:
After lunch, Shihan Max Estens provided us with a demonstration, as did Renshi Des Paroz and Tashi Lesley Griffin who were all doing their final testing stage for their promotions. On completion of these senior belt demonstrations, Shihan Jim Griffin conducted the formal promotions and presentations to:
In addition, the following Yudansha graded at the camp:
At the end of the Yudansha grading, Shihan Jim presented some Yudansha members with certificates and ceremonial belts from the Shinzen Kyokai.
After a formal bow out, congratulations were abundant and lots of photos were taken. The respect and camaraderie shown by all at the end of this camp attests to the closeness of our Australian Shorinjiryu family and the support everyone gives to each other.
As it was last year, the weekend was intense but enjoyable and full of quality information and instruction. Although people were weary and tired, there were still smiles all round making it all worthwhile and I know we all look forward to next year for more training and especially to catch up with Hanshi Watanabe.
Saturday the 23rd August saw our Qld members travel 2hrs from South East Queensland, 3 hours from Murgon and 6 hours from Rockhampton in Central Queensland to converge on Bribie Island, the stomping ground of our Qld Chief Instructor Shihan Jim Griffin. While Renshi Des Paroz and Senpai Adrian from the Kengokai Dojo in Sydney were able to grace our shores, unfortunately the rest of our NSW family of Shihan Max Estens and company were unable to attend as were our extended Shorinjiryu family in Cairns (Tashi Peter), Melbourne (Sensei Marnie) and in Tasmania (Sensei Barry), but we know they were there in spirit.
As with previous years, the black/brown belt training day was held to coincide with the anniversary of the death of our founder, Kori Hisataka, Shinan. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of his passing and our training was fittingly by the waters edge with the sun in full blossom and a brisk fresh breeze blowing into our faces.
The early morning saw us kick off with individual warm ups and then the rest of the morning session was focused on an in-depth session on Sanchin no kata led by Renshi Des and guided by Shihan Jim. This session included a history lesson from Renshi Des, more explanation about the kata of Sanchin and various demonstrations of bunkai for the kata.
The next training session was then on Sankakutobi Kumite led by Shihan Jim and Renshi Des. This was a fantastic lesson and thoroughly enjoyed by all. While there were a few sore muscles, there were still smiles of appreciation and enjoyment in being introduced to the Sankakutobi movements of Sankakutobi kumite.
We then focused our attention on a spirited session of Kudaka Sai Kata or as we know it, Nijushiho no sai no kata which continued on for the rest of the afternoon. During the course of the day, we were treated to the various kata, kumite and bukiho demonstrations from Senpai John who was grading for his shodan-ho and Nidan Mark who was grading for his San Dan. After a full on six (6) hour training session, we paid our respects to Shinan with a formal bow and headed off to freshen up for our annual Black Belt dinner.
Sunday morning commenced our SEQ training and grading day involving the other mudansha members as well as those that trained on Saturday. Senpai John took us for an excellent warm up with Sensei Christine following up with a session on kihon waza. Such was the interest in the Sankakutobi kumite from Saturday, this was extended into our training session on Sunday and again, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Further training with revision sessions for those grading, filled the rest of the training until it was time to conduct the grading.
Four mudansha were put through their paces with all suceeding. Senpai John finished his long and arduous grading session which started on the Saturday culminating in a physical and vigourous shiai session to see him awarded shodan-ho. Nidan Mark Slingo was also put through his paces demonstrating his grading requirement to Sandan. Congratulations goes to all and to Shishikai's own Ben Oliphant who was graded to 7th Kyu, Yellow Belt / Orange Tip.
It is with sadness we announce that Sensei Tony's mother passed away on Tuesday evening, 29th July 2008. The call came from family members just as the Tuesday night training session was completed. A special thank you to Sensei Jason Romer and Sensei Christine Perkins who were with Sensei Tony at the time of the call giving him support, friendship and comfort. A thank you also goes out to Shihan Jim, Shihan Max and other members of our Australian Shorinjiryu family for their words of sympathy and support. Times like these are always difficult and having an extended family in Shorinjiryu adds another layer of comfort.
Friday the 11th April saw most of the senior Shorinjiryu members turn up ready for an exciting weekend of catch up, making new friends, refreshing friendships, rekindling old acquaintances and ready for the training. After checking into the very scenic and comfortable Chapel Hill camp, we kicked off with a 5 hour training session under the tutelage of Hanshi Watanabe and Shihan Hayes and the guidance of our joint chiefs Shihan Jim Griffin and Shihan Max Estens.
Saturday morning commenced our 10 hour training session where we covered a wide and varied curriculum with particular attention to detail, the why's, the why not's and a deeper better understanding of the kumite and kata supported with impromptu bunkai demonstrations. Hanshi Watanabe also gave us the benefit of a history lesson by telling us about his training under Shinan Hisataka and of his own experiences and philosophies. Saturday also saw Sensei Garry Edwards who is a 4th Dan in Shito-ryu Karate, attend our session and he gave Hanshi Watanabe and us all an excellent kata demonstration followed by a detailed bunkai.
Following our evening meal we had another training clinic for the Black Belts and 2nd/1st kyu students and then the managing body of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia, the Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo Association Inc, held it's Annual General Meeting. At this meeting Renshi Des Paroz (Kengokai) was elected President, Sensei Tony Fletcher (Shishikai) was elected Vice President, Tashi Lesley Griffin (Seiryukan) was elected Secretary and Shihan Jim Griffin (Seiryukan) was elected Treasurer. Some very tired people went straight to bed after this days activities.
Sunday morning was started with the Yudansha grading which saw Shihan Max Estens commence part of his Rokudan grading, Sensei Tony Fletcher receive his Sandan, Sensei Jason Romer his Nidan and Johannes Rickert his Shodan. Following the morning grading session, more intense and detailed training carried on through the day till 4:00pm. The long weekend was intense but enjoyable and full of quality information and instruction and although people were weary and tired, there were smiles all round making the long trips made by Shihan Max Estens and his Coonabarabran students from NSW, Sensei Marnie Roberts from Melbourne, Sensei Leanne Sippel from Murgon and Sensei Mark Slingo with his students from Rockhampton, all worth while.
Finishing off this great weekend was the presentation of fully hand made engraved leather diary holders to Hanshi Watanabe and Shihan Dan Hayes. Senpai Zorrian also received a leather holder. A special thank you goes to Sensei Christine Perkins (Shishikai Dojo) for her time and effort in making these beautifully crafted gifts.
Roll on 2009 Camp.
extract from the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia Website, By Des Paroz, Renshi
Over the past 12 months, the Australian Shibu of the SKWHWF has gone through a process of assimilating so much that is new to us. Following the example of Hanshi Watanabe, Shihan Dan Hayes, Shihan Page Christis and Sensei Richard Alicea from their visit to our shores in March 2007, we have been practicing refined ways of standing, walking and turning, as well as a variety of different forms of kata and kumite.
While this has been a challenging process, we are all truly excited to be able to get closer to the original teachings of Shinan Hisataka, and those of his key student, Hanshi Watanabe. We feel privileged to be able to learn from such a gifted, dedicated and humble man.
In April 2008 we again welcomed Hanshi Watanabe and Shihan Dan to Australia for another National Training Camp (3 day clinic), along with Senpai Zorrian Jomo. Over this time, we had the opportunity to further refine the way we stand, walk and turn, as well as practice tanshiki kumite, yakusoku kumite and kata. We were also privileged to have Hanshi Watanabe share much insight into his training with Shinan Hisataka, and aspects of karate philosophy. Many of our number are busily learning as much as they can about Bun Bu Ryo Do, Ikken Hissatsu, Karate ni Sente Nashi and other important concepts.
We hope that our visitors enjoyed their short visit as much as we enjoyed having them. Of course a visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo was a highlight for them, and a highlight for all of us was watching Senpai Zorrian put into practice a variety of self defence techniques from the carnivorous Australian marsupial, the Drop Bear, a close but deadly relative to the Koala.
Under the leadership of Shihan Jim Griffin and Shihan Max Estens, Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Karate Australia is moving into a new phase of steady growth. We have six dojo operating along Australia’s east coast, from Innisfail in Tropical North Queensland in the north, to Sydney in the south. A seventh dojo is shortly to open in the state of Tasmania (also known as the Apple Isle), and there are plans afoot for new dojo in the state of Victoria, and another in Queensland. If all goes well, we will have nine dojo operating in four states of Australia.
The Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Australia National Training Camp for 2008 will be held as per the following details:
When: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2008
Time: Members should arrange to arrive at the camp PM on Friday 11th April.
Where: Luther Heights Youth Camp
Chapel Hill Camp
David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD 4573
Luther Heights Youth Camp is located 1.5 km south of Coolum Beach on the David Low Way on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Take the Yandina/Coolum exit off Bruce Hwy or off the Sunshine Motorway.
Accommodation: The camp booking is based on a two night stay Fri & Sat night with accommodation in dormitory styled rooms. There are two dormitories, each with double-bunk beds and their own cubicle ablution block. While the camp supplies bunks and mattresses, each person must bring:
1.1 Sheets to sleep in, or
1.2 Sleeping bags
1.4 Pillows and pillow cases, OR
1.5 Whatever sleeping equipment you feel comfortable with
Note: For health and hygiene reasons, personnel are not allowed to sleep directly on the mattresses.
Food is included in the package deal catering for the three main meals on Sat with Breakfast and Lunch on Sun. Morning and Afternoon tea is also included plus supper on Sat night.
The following costs per person include accommodation for Friday and Saturday night plus food for the two day weekend.
Children: $110.00 (under 12 years of age)
Camp Contact Details: Phone numbers are as follows:
Chapel Hill Camp – 07 5446 1135
Renshi Des Paroz – President, 0412 560 286
Sensei Tony Fletcher – Vice President, 0437 869 964
This April marks our first year with the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha Federation. We were fortunate to have Kaicho Watanabe, 9th Dan attend our March camp last year. We are pleased to advise that Kaicho Watanabe will again be attending our 2008 National Training Camp this year accompanied by Shihan Dan Hayes, 7th Dan and Sempai Zorrian.
This is another opportunity to not only train together with your fellow Australian Shorinjiryu members but to train with Kaicho Watanabe, the founder of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Karate, a direct student of our style founder Kaiso Hisataka.
So make your plans now to take this opportunity to meet and catch up with your fellow Shorinjiryu members from around Australia and learn from these very senior Karateka that will be attending our camp.
The official start date of the Shishikai Dojo and this year we are excited to see some old faces back again and some new ones. Welcome back Andrew Plowman who has returned after taking a break with new additions to the family and Malcolm Lyons who took time off to allow his shoulder to repair and heal. We have some new faces and warmly welcome James Foster, Benjamin Oliphant and Alan Hall to our fold. We are extremely pleased to see these gentlemen join our ranks and look forward to some exciting training and times ahead. It is also pleasing to see Sempai Kylie come to training when possible and we have hopes for her to be able to come back on a regular basis.
So welcome all back to Shishikai Dojo for 2008 and we look forward to an exciting year especially our National Camp which will be held on the Sunshine Coast 11-13th April 2008.
This marked the last training day for 2007. I want to thank very much all my studetns who trained so hard and diligently throughout the year and to my fellow Yudansha for their assistance during 2007. In addition I thank very very much my seniors for their guidance and support. I wish all students an excellent break over the December/January period and look forward to having everyone back. On behalf of all at Shishikai Dojo, we wish the very best for our fellow Shorinjiryu practitioners, Karateka and Martial Artists world wide.
Sunday the 25th Nov was the last training and grading camp for the local SEQ Shorinjiryu Karate clubs incorporating Shishikai, Seiryukai and Seiryukan. The day started with a good warm up run by Sempai John from Seiryukan. Shihan Jim Griffin then took over and introduced the group to some pre-arranged drills using the Bo. This was a lead in to a detailed session of Shishiryu No Bo No Kata by Sensei Jason and assisted by Sensei Tony.
It was interesting to see the junior Karateka come to terms with the Bo. At the end of each session, everyone was given a chance to volunteer to show the whole group their performances with the Bo as Tori and Uke. The juniors performed very well considering it was their first attempt for some. The day was completed with all learning the basic fundamentals of Shishiryu No Bo No Kata and the seniors refining their skills.
The day also saw a grading being conducted and we are pleased to see that our very own Alan Reading was promoted to 4th Kyu Green Belt and Chris Savini was promoted to 6th Kyu Orange Belt. Congratulations guys, job well done.
Saturday the 17th Nov 07 saw a group of Qld Karateka from various martial arts organisations board a bus to head to Tamworth for the Australian Koshiki Association 2007 National Titles. The bus and accommodation was arranged by the Redlands Martial Arts group and although a long trip there and back, the camaraderie that normally goes along with a sports trip away plus a good range of movies to watch, made the trip very enjoyable.
We all arrived in Tamworth late afternoon on the Saturday and checked into our motel which was just fantastic. Excellent rooms, close to town and had a swimming pool which was certainly used by most people. Later that evening, the senior members headed off to the Salvation Army Hall for the National Koshiki AGM. During the course of the meeting, after serious consideration and much discussion, Sensei Tony Fletcher agreed to accept a nomination for President and was elected to the position of National President of the Australian Koshiki Association.
Sunday the 18th Nov 07 saw the National Koshiki Titles get under way at the McCarthy Catholic College Hall in Tamworth. This was an excellent venue which was a perfect size for the number of competitors and was air conditioned as well. The tournament was very well organised and run and is a credit to the NSW Koshiki Associated under the leadership of Ross Murray and his team.
The tournament kicked off with the Black Belts performing their kata and then the other grades followed suit. There were five Shorinjiryu Karateka that went down and all did very well for themselves bringing back medals and trophies plus the experience of refereeing at a National tournament for Sensei Barry Bishop and Sensei Tony Fletcher. The tournament was very enjoyable, we all had a great time but we were certainly ready for bed by the time we got back to Brisbane at 2:00am in the morning after our long drive back. Can't wait for next year because the Nationals will be in Brisbane, yahooooo.
Sunday the 14th Oct 07 saw the Qld State Koshiki Titles being held at the Hilliard State Primary School in Alexandra Hills. This Qld State Koshiki sanctioned event was hosted by Redlands Martial Arts under the leadership of Sensei Shane Degney. It was a fantastic day with all aspects of the tournament running smoothly throughout. The effort that the Redlands Martial Arts team put into the organisation of the tournament clearly showed and there was plenty of praise for Redlands Martial Arts.
The Saturday before saw Sensei Barry Bishop and Sensei Tony Fletcher sitting the theory exam for their A Grade Referee status pending them doing their practical application at the next days State Titles. Sensei Tony was also re-elected as the Qld State Koshiki Secretary at the AGM held late Saturday afternoon.
Shorinjiryu Karatedo Australia personnel then competed and officiated in this tournament which saw Sensei Barry Bishop from the Seiryukai Dojo and Sensei Tony Fletcher from the Shishikai Dojo, being promoted to National A Grade Referee after having passed their theory exam and then refereeing throughout the day. All in all it was an excellent tournament with Shorinjiryu people acquitting themselves well at an extremely will run titles. Congratulations to all.
Sunday the 12th Aug was a gathering of the local SEQ Shorinjiryu Karate clubs incorporating Shishikai, Seiryukai and Seiryukan and we were especially grateful to have Central Qld members from Emerald and Yagizakai Dojo's plus the NSW Dojo's in Kengokai and Coonabarabran. Karateka from these regions traveled some distance to join us here and this makes it all more worth the while.
The training camp was a little different to other years in that most of the instructors and senior members attended a first aid course which was ably run by our Shorinjiryu President, Renshi Des Paroz. This gave an opportunity for some of the Shodans to earn their stripes and under the roaming eye of Shihan Jim through the window, the Shodans, including our own Sensei Christine, took the training class.
A grading session was conducted mid afternoon and Shishikai is pleased to announce that Alan Reading who performed Kihon Waza, Happiken Kata, Renshu Kumite Ni, Tanshiki Kumite and Self Defence, was promoted to 6th Kyu Orange Belt. Congratulations Alan, you worked hard and trained hard and your efforts resulted in this promotion.
Additionally we are extremely pleased to note that Sensei Christine has at long last received her official recognition of her Shodan with a presentation of her embroidered black belt and Yushi certficate. Sensei Christine actually did her Shodan-ho grading back in Sept 1994 but due to an administrative error many years ago, the official presentation did not happen. Now we are all extremely happy that Sensei Christine is correctly attired when she enters the dojo. Congratulations Sensei Christine and well done.
This day saw Black and Brown belt members from Coonabarabran, Kengokai, Shishikai, Seiryukai, Seiryukan, Emerald and Yagizakai all converge together to learn new skills and hone the existing ones. An important part of this training was the dedication to commemorate our founder Kaiso Hisataka (which was also mirrored by the Island Budokan, New York)
The training was conducted on the foreshores of Bribie Island and the stage was beautifully set with the water in the background, sun shining, a gentle breeze and an enthusiastic group of Shorinjiryu Karateka. The day started off with a session of Tai Chi where we were open heartedly welcomed with boundless love by the local Tai Chi Instructor. Not what we are used to but nonetheless one could see the comparisons between our two styles.
Following on from our Tai Chi warm up, we moved onto Sanchin No Kata and during the course of the day learnt and performed Sanchin No Waza, Itsustsu No Waza and Nijushiho No Waza. The day also included demonstrations by Shodan-ho Sean Lear and Sempai John from the Seiryukai Dojo.
The training day finished as the sun was setting with a lot learnt and good will and feeling in our hearts.
Members of the Shishikai Dojo attended the SEQ Training Camp conducted by Shihan Jim Griffin, on Sunday 3rd June. It was an inspiring weekend training with a lot covered including a session on Nijushiho No Waza run by our own Sensei Jason and Sensei Barry Bishop from the Birkdale Dojo.
An excellent time had by all adding to our growing knowledge base of Shorinjiryu Karate.
Such is the dedication of our students at Shishikai, one of our Karateka has seen fit to not only add to our student numbers but to the general population as well. David Pasquariello and his partner Shara Romer, are now the proud parents of a bouncing, jumping, side-kicking, mawashi-geri wielding baby boy.
Rocco Ian David Pasquariello showed plenty of Shorinjiryu promise with his kokyu (breathing), te waza (hand technique) and ashi waza (foot technique) in conjunction with his stylish tai sabaki (body movement) and mawari kata (turning form) as he was brought into this world on Tuesday 10th April 2007 at 11:38am.
After Rocco's arrival, a quick inspection revealed a "bo" confirming it was a boy who weighed in at 8 pounds and 53cm long (that's the baby, not the bo people). Both mother and baby are doing very well but we are on the look out for David who still seems to be floating in the air. Not sure if this is due to floating naturally on cloud 9 or if it was because he also had Shara's share of the gas at the hospital.
We congratulate Shara and David on the birth of their baby and welcome Rocco into the world.
The Annual Camp commenced on the Friday night with Shorinjiryu Karatedo members arriving in from Far North Queensland, Central Queensland, South East Queensland and from New South Wales. It was exciting to see everyone banding together and you could feel the buzz of anticipation mixed with nervousness floating in the air.
Having the benefit of the three most senior Karateka from the US along with Sensei Richard Alicea plus our Joint Chief Instructors and senior ASKA members, we were able to break up into groups to learn new and different applications of Shorinjiryu Karate. The new material had our heads swimming but it was still enjoyable to say the least.
On the Sunday morning the Mudansha went for their Kyu grades and we are proud to announce the following promotions for members of the Shishikai Dojo:
We are especially thrilled at these students who acquitted themselves extremely well in front of such esteemed senior Karateka and not only made Shishikai proud but they can also hold their heads up high. Well done gentlemen and a special thank you to Sensei Jason Romer and Sensei Christine Perkins for their help and assistance during the training. It is a team effort and it paid off.
This day saw most of the Yudansha and Brown Belts from Shorinjiryu Karatedo Australia come together for the first of our 2007 senior belt training sessions. This was also an auspicious occasion for us as we were to meet and train with distinguished guests from the USA who traveled to Australia especially for our National Training Camp. In attendance were:
Kaicho Watanabe as President and Chief Instructor of the Shorinjiryu Watanabe-Ha Karatedo Federation began his martial arts training with Shinan Kori Hisataka in 1955 at the Hombu Dojo in Japan. Kaicho has 52 years of training and experience behind him and it showed during the training.
It was an excellent day where we all got to know our visitors and they us and we were introduced to the methods and methodologies of their training which we all benefited from.
Tuesday the 16th Jan 07 was our first nights training for 2007. All but one of our students (who is away overseas) turned up for a spirited training night. We commenced with a medium pace but still vigorous warm up, then led into a session of basics and combinations to get the brain firing. Some randori followed by kumite finished off our first night. It was a great session for the start of the year with more to come.
It would be remiss of me to sign off the year without wishing Sensei Jason a happy birthday for Friday the 15th Dec. Although it would be in bad taste to announce to the whole world how old Sensei Jason is, I can tell you he doesn't need a walking stick yet.
I also take this opportunity to thank all the students for their diligent and dedicated approach to training in 2006. A special thank you to Sensei Jason for his tireless efforts in being a professional and hard working Karateka. I also thank Sensei Christine Perkins and Sensei Chris Milne for their support and assistance. We have a great team at Shishikai and throughout 2006 we have laid the foundation for steady growth in 2007.
My very best wishes to my fellow Shishikai members, my Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo family and to the World Wide Shorinjiryu organisation.
Tonight the members of Shishikai that were able to make it, got together at a local restaurant organised by Sensei Christine, to enjoy and share a meal and a couple of drinks. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable night with great company, excellent food and pretty nice scenery (well Sensei Jason thought so). This was the last night together for Shishikai members for 2006 and I thank Sensei Christine for arranging the restaurant and all the members for a great night.
This day saw Sensei Jason enter the mens open kata competition and putting in a respectable performance, was placed 4th. Malcolm Lyons also entered the Nationals and with a lot of hard work on his part was rewarded with a First placing in the mens open under brown kata. This was Malcolm's first Nationals and we are proud of him to come away with a National Champion title. Malcolm also entered the kumite and fought very well to achieve second place.
Well done to both Sensei Jason and Malcolm for their efforts and results.
On Sat 11th Nov 06, a senior belt training session was conducted by Shihan Jim Griffin, supported by Renshi Des, Sensei Jason and Sensei Alan (all members who attended the New York trip which included training sessions with Shihan Watanabe).
The day started off with the normal warm ups and launched into a heavy session on Kudaka no Kunsanku, a spirited, alive and fighting focused kata. Very enjoyable and although it had the sweat dripping off us, felt really good. This was followed by a revision on Sankakatobi Shodan Ich which proved to be quite challenging in areas where it has changed from what we had previously learnt. Nonetheless it was brought under control and became quite fluid in the end.
Shishiryu no Bo kata was the next offering on the plate and like the small changes in Sankakatobi Shodan Ich, the small changes in this bo kata were also tackled with vigor and by the end of this session (although not perfect) we seem to take control of the main elements. Further work will need to be done on the hip movements to assist in flicking the bo from the right side to the left. Perhaps Sensei Luisa can take us for some belly dancing lessons to help us with this.
The last but by no means the least, Nijushiho no Sai kata was the next item tackled. Although similar, elements of the Sai Kata are certainly different but once the flow started it felt much easier and with more practice (a lot more) one should start to feel quite at home with this kata. An intense but very enjoyable day where one learnt lots.
A special thanks to Shihan Jim for the recognition of the minute silence which we observed being the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th Month.
Renshi Jim Griffin, Godan (5th Dan) left our Australian shores late Sept 06 as part of the Australian Shorinjiryu team attending the 20th Anniversary Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai that was held on Sunday 8th Oct 2006 in New York.
I am happy to say as advised by Tashi Des Paroz, that Renshi Jim Griffin our joint Chief Instructor of Australian Shorinjiryu Karatedo, was promoted to Rokudan (6th Dan) and awarded the title of Shihan.
Congratulations to Shihan Jim on his well-deserved promotion and we look forward to catching up with you in person when you get back.
Kyoshi Myron Lubitsch Promoted to 9th Dan
At the International Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai held in New York on 8 October 2006, the founder and President of the International Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai, Kyoshi Myron Lubitsch was promoted to the rank of 9th Dan and awarded the title of Hanshi in Shorinjiryu Karate.
Hanshi Lubitsch has worked tirelessly to bring together many schools of Shorinjiryu under the banner of a friendship society, a group that works together in the same direction, while allowing each school to maintain its own unique syllabus and approach.
Shishikai congratulates Hanshi Lubitsch and look forward to meeting him again when he next returns to Australia.
Sensei Jason is part of the Australian team competing in the 20th Anniversary Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai that was held on Sunday 8th Oct 2006 in New York. Sensei Jason was placed 3rd in the Adult Black Over 35 Years Kata where there were 16 other competitors and also a 4th Place in the Adult Black Belt Over 35 Years Koshiki (kumite) division.
On behalf of the members of Shishikai, I congratulate Sensei Jason for his outstanding achievements in receiving his awards at an international level (I know the level of training and commitment that Sensei has put into this)
Additionally two members of the Kengokai Dojo also received placings at the Shiai being:
We congratulate both Tashi Des and Sensei Mark. Well done gentlemen.
27th Sept 2006 Sensei Jason Romer represents the Shishikai Dojo at the 20th Annual Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai in Queens, New York, USA.
Sensei Jason departs our Aussie shores on Friday 29th Sept 2006 with other esteemed ASKA gentlemen led by our own joint Chief Instructor, Renshi Jim Griffin and Tashi Des Paroz.
The ASKA members will not only be attending this gathering of the Shorinjiryu Karate Family for competition, but will also travel to Baltimore to train with Kaicho Shunji Watanabe who is a direct student of our founder, Kaiso Kori Hisataka.
This level of international exposure, international shiai and training with very senior Shorinjiryu exponents can only be of benefit to Shishikai and we wait impatiently for Sensei Jason to return and show us all he has learnt.
The Shishikai Dojo warmly welcomes back to the Shorinjiryu fold and to the membership of the Shishikai Dojo both Sensei Chris and Sensei Christine. We are privileged to have within our dojo the level of experience and expertise these two Sensei's have and this can only compliment what Shishikai already has to offer.
Welcome to you both, our home is your home.
After some intense training, a dojo pre-grading session and a lot of hard work on their part, Andrew and David saw the fruits of their labour when the grading panel led by Renshi Jim promoted them from to 7th Kyu, Yellow belt Orange tip at the SE Queensland Training Camp.
Congratulations to Andrew and David.
Send mail to
questions or comments about this web site.