Announcing a Massive Martial Arts Event in 2017!

In March of 2017, our dojo will be hosting two major martial arts events, back to back! Be sure to plan ahead so you don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Click here to see the flyer for the Ryukyu Martial Arts Friendship Gasshuku! Our first ever Ryukyu Martial Arts Friendship Gasshuku was held in October of 2015, and was a great […]



Ryukyu Martial Arts Friendship Gasshuku

As a martial arts nerd, I frequent several martial arts forums and groups, but the groups that I have made the most connections through have been the Ryukyu Martial Arts Facebook Groups, which were founded by Ryan Parker Sensei. These groups have been a melting pot for martial artists from many backgrounds, and have generated plenty of deep, thought-provoking conversations. […]

2015 Brotherhood of Veteran Warriors Gasshuku

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Brotherhood of Veteran Warriors Gasshuku. The BOVW is an organization that was founded by US Military veterans with decades of martial arts experience, for the purpose of providing settings where martial artists from different backgrounds could come together to share and learn. They do not have any sort of curriculum, […]

Chuck Merriman Sensei and I


Seiyunchin Bunkai Seminar

Over the weekend, I attended a Seiyunchin bunkai seminar via Skype with one of Taira Masaji Sensei’s senior students, Paul Enfield. Although I am a Shorin-Ryu practitioner, I have picked up some other kata throughout my karate journey, and Seiyunchin is one of them. The version I learned was a bit different, though, and I have been working on making […]

Vince Morris Kata Bunkai Seminar

Sensei Vince Morris is a Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan and founder of Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do, and he held a seminar today (January 26, 2013) at Atkinson’s Martial Arts in Peoria, AZ. The seminar was on kata bunkai (breaking down applications of kata) and how to apply them in a realistic way. Sensei Morris has taught all over the […]


Being a Role Model

Martial arts come with a sense of fulfillment and confidence, but the reason for that depends on the individual student.  The exercise, the skills, the meditative aspects, all of them can provide this feeling and some people enjoy all of it.  I happen to be one of the people who enjoy it all, but the one thing that probably gives […]