Okinawan Karate Institute Blog

For those who haven’t heard of the Okinawan Karate Institute Blog (OKI Blog) it is a site that is managed by Sensei Theodore Kruczek, a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu who started it originally as a place to post historical information about Shorin-Ryu karate and some of his research papers.  The blog contains a lot of valuable information and Sensei Kruczek welcomes input and discussion, so I highly recommend that everyone check it out and comment to help drive conversation and promote learning.

I would also like to announce that Sensei Kruczek has invited me to be a contributing writer on his blog, and so from now on this blog (Budo No Kaizen) will be reserved for topics specific to myself or my dojo, and I will be posting my broader topics that can benefit the greater martial arts community on the OKI Blog!

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About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.