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Seminar in Japan

        Making a successful Muso-Kai Seminar is our goal for this year.

        It is very easy to say you'll hold a seminar and bring a lot of people, however, it is harder than people think.

        The seminar participants must pay the fees, make time, and get a workout in the seminar.
        How can you find people who are wiling to do those things?
        Also, this Seminar will be held in Japan, so I must depend on my students in Japan to organize it.
        I can only help them from United States by mail, phone, etc.

        A long time ago, I held two international Karate tournaments in one year. We did not have any sponsors, it came out of my own finances, and my students and I did organized and ran the event. It was so hard!

        Karate-Ka in the United States has a different mentality than Japanese Karate-Ka. They did not like Koshiki Karate and/or Full contact Karate like Japanese Karate-Ka did.

        Those amateur Karate-Ka think those Karate tournaments required unnecessary pain. They believed that only paid professional fighters should participate and fight in these tournament.

        Every time, I had a hard time to find fighters and had a harder time filling the audience for it.
        Before the tournament, I had countless sleepless nights.
        Each time I had a tournament, I had to put all the money I saved into it and if I did not have enough participants and/or audience, it would affect my dojo business directly.
        So, I must make the tournament financially at least even and hopefully more.

        When I start my Naifanchi Kata training by myself to master true karate as a martial art, I stopped hosting tournaments.

        Unfortunately, hosting my own international tournaments twice a year gave me great confidence in my life and was very good for Muso-Kai Karates reputation.

        When my book was translated and published in English, I was told by one Karate instructor that I was lucky because I was one of the pioneers of bare knuckle full contact karate tournament, so people trusted what I said in the book. He said that readers would believe the effectiveness of my idea.
        I was quite surprised with his comment but soon I realized that, yes, indeed there are very few karate insutruractor who could hold that kind of hard tournament and make his students participate in them all over the world.

        We have a student who went to Canada for the world tournament and took third and participated in the All Japan tournament too. After he retired from the tournament he became a Medical Doctor (Amazing huh?!).

        Like him and is karate accomplishments, hosting two international tournaments was hard but it gave me and my students great confidence in Karate and real life.

        I believe that hosting Muso-Kai Karate Seminars in Japan will give me and my Japanese students great confidence too because it is a challenge.

        I believe that they will do everything they can and I must do everything I can to make this seminar be completed successfully.
        I believe in the words by Prince Henry the Navigator gTalant de bi? faireh, the desire to do well. I would like my students to think on these words as well.

        February 4 2011

Thank you to all students.

        Muso-Kai karate is growing well and we are operating seminars and workshops very often too.
        Since our big growth, we need to keep treating our students fair and equal. 
            When I re-train my Karate as martial arts, lot of things happened and I saw a lot of things about human beings.
        The best things are that even the hardest times in my Karate life some (very few!) students stayed with me and trained with me when I struggled to master Naifanchi.
        Also some people came all the way from other cities, states, and even countries to learn from me when they read my book.
        I did not forget their effort and trust.
        It is time I make an effort to return their trust.
        I made the full rules and regulations of Okinawa Karate-Do Muso-Kai, however it is a little too long to put on here, so in this column I will post only some of them.
        These are important things for people who want to start (or re-start) Muso-Kai karate, and I made it clear the difference of people who took my seminar and who is my student (and/or official Muso-Kai instructor.)
        Some students are very talented as fighters but not as instructors and vice-versa. Some students can organize Clubs and some are not.
        Everyone is different, however people I trust are the people who love Muso-Kai Karate and try to teach it to make this world a little better bit by bit.
        They do not learn and/or teach Muso-Kai Karate only for self gain or self satisfaction, I believe that Karate means much more than that (Ha!).
         Below are some of the rules.

        1 The members of Okinawa Karate-Do Muso-Kai who belong to the Headquarters dojo, official Branch Dojo, official Sub-Branch Dojo, official Club dojo, or official member of Muso-Kai Karate Associate Member Group are those who are officially registered and pay full membership fees.
          2. We operate and teach Muso-Kai Karate at Headquarters Dojo, BYU Club (Chir: Mr. Vu Cat), Sapporo Club (Chir: Mr. Yusuke Kohira), LA Club Associate Committee (Chir: Mr. Hoan Do), Hochiminh City Club Associate Committee (Chir: Mr. Hoa Nguyen), Chiba Associate Member (Mr. Tsubasa Okamura), and Hiroshima Associate Member (Mr. Takayuki Isobe).

        3. Those seven places are the only ones who can teach and name themselves as Muso-Kai Karate.
        There are no other places who are the members of Muso-Kai Karate and teaching Muso-Kai Karate methods.

        4. People who are not the member of Muso-Kai Karate and not located those seven places claim to learn and/or teach Muso-Kai Karate are not official and we are not associated with them thereby refusing to take any responsibility for their actions.

        5. People who are teaching Muso-Kai Karate without permission of Muso-Kai Karate will be rejected to join any Muso-Kai Karate dojo.  Also any who start teaching without permission while attending any Muso-Kai Karate dojo will be immediately discharged from the Muso-Kai Karate dojo.

        6. People who take the seminar and/or workshop from Shihan Arakaki get a certificate of completion. Those certificates prove you entered the seminar and/or workshop and completed it. It is not shown that you are the member of the Okinawa Karate-Do Muso-Kai.

        7. People who want to join Muso-Kai Karate for first time, regardless of previous experience, must start from Mu-Kyu (10th rank, white belt).

        8. People who want to re-start Muso-Kai Karate, if he/she has an official certificate of Kyu (color belt ranking) by Muso-Kai Karate may retain his/her old ranking belt.

        9.People who want to re-start Muso-Kai Karate, if he/she has an official certificate of Dan (Black belt rank) by Muso-Kai Karate may retain his/her old ranking belt.

        10. People who are permitted to re-start Muso-Kai Karate may be able to take promotion tests more than 3 months after he/she admitted re-start.
         There will be more than 6 months of practice to take any test above 3rd Kyu (3rd degree Brown belt) test after he/she re-start. 
        They require more than 1 year to take the Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black belt) test since he/she re-started Muso-Kai Karate.
          11. Yu-Dan-Sha (Black belt holder) who are permitted to re-start Muso-Kai Karate may be able to take their next Ni Dan (2nd degree black belt) test and above will take more than 2 years training after their re-start.

        12. People who do not have any official documents to show their belt rank by Muso-Kai Karate and Shihan Kiyoshi Arakaki will be permitted to start as white belt.

        13. Students who want to skip a belt test must pay the full amount of each test they skip. If they fail, they will stay at the originating belt rank. In order to skip a belt test, instructor's permission is required. Students can only skip one belt at a time. 3rd Kyu Blown belt and above can not skip the belt test.

        Februaly 12 2011

Laziness and rule

    Last week, we announced a portion of the rules and regulations of Okinawa Karate-Do Muso-Kai on this Home page.
    I thought geveryone already knows such rules and regulations and they are following them; to announce these now is a waste of time!h
    To my surprise, there were many good responses from both the US and Japan.

    One student who is outside Utah sent me an email immediately that said gthis clear presentation of the rules and regulations makes it much easier to explain to the people who want to join our future club which I would set it up in this state. Especially when people want to know about their previous rank and about our belt tests. It is very convenienth
    In addition, there are some old students who want to come back and re-join Muso-Kai to take their next belt test after they read the rules and regulations on our Homepage.

    We have explained the history and purpose of our organization and described the goal on gwhat is Muso-Kaif on this site.
    What people want to know next is how can they join, how they will benefit from our organization, and where are we teaching/who is teaching Muso-Kai Karate officially, etc.

    These rules and regulations helped to give clear answers to those questions.

    We only showed a partial list of rules and regulations on this home page. We have the complete rules and regulations which tells about headquarters, branch dojo issues, and every memberfs right and duties which we will post at a later date.

    These rules and regulations clearly state that a member, even as lazy as I am, must act responsibly, especially as the head of this organization (Ho! What a pain! What should I do? )

    It is very important to show where you got the certificate of your karate degree, because in martial arts, your technical aspect background is essential. More so, it is most important who gave you the certificate!

    The last 15 years, I spent all my time training Karate as a martial art so I can say to my student gtell anyone that you learned Naifanchi Kata and Karate from Shihan Arakaki and Muso-Kai!h
    I think that who you learned from tells how good you are now. I believe that I can finally call my Naifanchi Kata and karate good enough to be talked about in this way.

    Before the organization of karate, teaching and learning would only be through non verbal or unwritten scripts.
    Everything was private and sometimes uncertain.

    When I was training in Okinawa as a young boy, all they asked me was "who taught you Naifanchi katah or "who introduced you to come here (to this instructor)?h
    That was it.
    In those days in Okinawa, we knew who was real and who was not;who was good and who was not.

    Since Muso-Kai Karate is planning to grow world wide, it is very important to let the world know that you are an official member of Muso-Kai and/or official branch/club of Muso-Kai Karate.

    In our rule and regulation we have clear statement about teaching certificates. In our future, we may have a rank of teaching and qualification exam too.

    More good News!!

    BYU Muso-Kai Karate Club representative Mr. Vu Cat and other members are training at the headquarter dojo (Honbu dojo) regularly. Soon they will become formal members of the Honbu dojo while continuing to organize the BYU club.

    It is lots of hard work to study at a University, operate a Club, and also drive all the way to Salt Lake City from Provo regularly.
    We appreciate their effort and dedication.
    We thank BYU Muso-Kai Club founder Mr. Hoan Do for his efforts to cultivate these dedicated members.

        February 19, 2011

Japanese Muso-Kai Karate Seminar

         We are in the process of deciding on the date and place of the Japanese Seminar in the next couple months.                                
         I have been preparing to face the challenge of this seminar in the last few months and I believe that my mind is well set.
        Now is the time to ask my Japanese students how much they can commit to this matter.
              I spent my full life in a very easy and lazy way, however I learned at least how to commit to things very well (Huh!).
        I believe that determination comes from how much accountability you are willing to take.
         It is now time to see how much accountability those students can take.
         I am hoping that we will have a seminar in several places in Japan with a comfortable number of participants.
         Also, I am finishing up book on gPinan Katah.
        As you can guess, my gPinan Katah book will be totally different than any Pinan book published before.
        I wrote and explained Pinan kata as a martial art kata and not like a sport and/or dance.
         Honestly speaking, there has been no one who has written a karate book as martial arts since Japan modernized. The closest anyone came was Master Choki Motobu who tried to explain Karate as martial arts and not a sport.
         The first time I published gThe Secrets of Okinawan Karateh, there was so much controversy because in that book, I wrote that the karate kata we perform is wrong and how we understood kata is wrong too.
        My book made quite bit of karate people really upset but surprisingly a lot of karate people started re-thinking their own karate as martial art.
        A lot got same answers as me.
        We learned karate as a sport and not as martial arts. Therefore all the movements and all the concepts of our karate kata is like sports but not martial arts!
         From my own experience, I know that it took a lot of courage for them to admit their own shortfalls about the meaning of kata and their practice methods.
        With all respect, quite few karate people did it after they read my book.
        Even though some of them could not change their karate as martial arts; at least they recognized that what they are doing is Karate as sports, not as martial arts.
         This book of gPinan Katah will show and explain how true martial arts kata was made and how we should practice it.
         It is now time I must show the difference between karate kata and its movements as martial art and not as sport in Japan (Hah!!  It is a big job, can I do it?).
         While my book was published and criticized by many in Japan and even here in the US or any English speaking world,  all I wanted was the opinions of people who practice karate as martial arts. Unfortunately, in this wide world, there are very very few who do this.
          I could not get any meaningful opinion and/or constructive criticism except from few of my old seniors.
                    As a man I believe that you must find the meaning of life, if only the existence of life itself is your meaning of life you are no different than any animal.
          I am very lucky one who found the meaning of existence by karate, and I believe any true martial arts will teach you that. I was really lucky to search the true meaning of karate and its own kata. Those seeking of the true martial lead me a truth of life (how lucky I am huh!)
          To me doing Karate was a 24/7 learning experience. Now, as the owner of a dojo, operating a small business is still a 24/7 thing.
         I have done well in my karate and been relatively successful in my karate business too but I still wanted the truth.
         Is the karate I was teaching real? Is the karate kata I practice and teach real?
         I do not mean I was not wondering if I was teaching karate and/or karate kata the way I was taught or not.
         I am as successful a karate instructor as I am Karate-Ka (Huh!)
          My quest was the existence of Karate in general.
         I did not believe true karate as martial arts did and could not move the way we are teaching now. I did not think old karate kata was not trained the way we move because it doesn't work the way we are training now.
          We must have lost some very important things in karate while we thought we were modernizing it.
           In the search for the answers to those questions, I lost nearly everything.
          Thankfully, I was lucky enough to find an answer!
          When I found the answer, I could only describe it as me being enlightened!
           I also believe that anyone can find the truth if they are not afraid of the any sacrifices i.e. money, your loved ones, or even your life.
          Most people have the common sense or wisdom to not to do so because it is too much risk!   
           I believe that God or Budda or some one above us looked at me, and felt pity and sorrow for my unwise quest and action.
          Again, lucky me, THEY (he or she or someone) gave me the ENLIGHTENMENT.
           I never wish anyone, even my worst enemy, to go through the hardships I went through during my re-training days. It felt like you are in an endless tunnel forever.
          The more I trained, the more questions I would have; the more I researched karate history, the more disappointed I was to know how much truth we lost in the aspects of karate.
           However when I hit the bottom of that and bottom of my life, the revelation came.
          After that, I realized how great martial arts are and how wonderful true karate as martial arts is too.
          I then spent the last ten years systematizing the teaching methods so nobody under Muso-Kai would have to suffer like I did.
           This year I will go to Japan to re-start karate as martial arts in Japan.
          You can expect that it will be a long, difficult journey ahead; however, I am committed to start this journey.
           I would like to share this long and difficult journey with all my students and friends.
          Letfs start now! 

                  February 26 2011