武友、仲良く、稽古会(Martial Friendship, Good Connection, Training Togther)

SHIEX

This week was very interesting. First it started off with Shihan Jack Hoban, visting our dojo for some trianing. Then on Saturday we participated in a Shidoshi Exchange orgainized by Shidoshi Anthony Lucas. The first Shidoshi Exchange was in NYC at Anthony’s dojo. The second Shidoshi Exchange was held in NJ at Mike Reina’s dojo in Patterson. The format for the seminar was also very interesting. There were three teams of Shidoshi. Each team had a leader and all Shidoshi had a chance to share a technique or a series of techniques. The team leader would then share henka and ideas based on what was shown.

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There were a total of four dojos that worked together to put on this event. The first event had about 15 participants and this event had around 25 participants. The more schools around the area we can get involved, the more we can all benefit from each other, as well as build trust and a strong community among the NY and NJ Bujinkan Dojos. We started off the first hour by having myself, Athony and Warren share some things that we all learned in Japan.

chris

(Shihan Carbonaro)

anthony

(Shidoshi Lucas)

warren

(Shidoshi Warren)

We then took a ten minute break and then Warren’s group taught for the next hour:

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Warren’s group concentrated a lot on basics, and how to move your body properly to punch, kick and take locks.

merridith

(Shidoshi Allen)

Joe

(Shidoshi Joe)

Amir

(Shidoshi Khan)

We took another 10 minute break and then my group taught:

mike

(Shidoshi Reina)

blaise

(Shidoshi Barron)

craig

(Shidoshi Brogna)

After which we took another 10 minute break and Anthony’s group finished teaching the last hour:

Joe

(Shidoshi Blewett)

jason

(Shidoshi Lew)

chris

(Shidoshi Chen)

Dean the owner of www.korisuya.com also brought some shuriken to make available for purchase. Dean also did a small shuriken demo after the seminar.

dean

There were many great things that happened at this seminar. Firstly, it gave a chance for four dojos to come together. Secondly, it allowed all dojos to travel and see what other people are doing. I think that this is very important. We are planning on having two Shidoshi Exchanges a year. One in NJ and one in NY. This is great, because it allows for everyone to get into the habit of traveling for training. It also allows for everyone to see what the hosting dojo looks like in both NJ and NY. Thirdly, it allowed for everyone as well as the Shidoshi to learn from each other. Listening to each Shidoshi talk about their experiences in Japan, as well as explain their technique really helped to open up my mind. I believe that many people who attended had the same experience. Fourthly, Soke has asked for everyone to build a community. We all have a lot of friends in far places, but what about those around you? I believe that this is a good step in the right direction. Lastly, all Shidoshi as well as participants paid $20 to attend. Once a goal of $500 is reached, all money will be donated towards the new Hombu Dojo.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

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We hope that more Shidoshi and Shihan will join us for our next event to continue to build friendship in the local Bujinkan community.

Sincerely,

Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan

www.newjerseyninja.com


 
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