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Yudanshakai July 2017

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We had our Yudanshakai for July (yudanshakai is a black belts only class) this past Saturday.  We also received new rank certificates that officially declared our ranks with our organization, Shobukan.  When my sensei, Lee Gray, lived in Okinawa, he trained with the organization's founder, Shinjo, Masanobu.   After Shinjo Sensei passed away, the organization was a bit in chaos from everyone wanting to be in charge.  Gray Sensei left the organization during that time.  Once Shinjo Sensei's oldest son, Musashi,  came of age and was at a level to take the organization over, he did, and he asked Gray Sensei to come back to the organization.  I made my Shodan (1st degree black belt) back in 1995 when we were not affiliated with the organization.  I never really pursued rank, I was more concerned with just improving myself and my technique.  I never knew what my rank was beyond Shodan, and honestly, I wasn't really concerned.  When we re-affiliated with Shobukan, Gray Sensei sent our ranks to them, and they issued our official rank certificates.  Sensei presented us with our certificates at this class.  I am now a Sandan (3rd degree).  Sensei isn't allowed to promote beyond Sandan.  Students have to go to Okinawa to promote beyond 3rd, but Sensei is meeting with Musashi and a contingent from Okinawa later this week, and one of the things he is going to request is that rule be lifted/exempted for him so that he can promote his students beyond 3rd degree.

But here are a few shots from that class.

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Always good to have high level training like that!

That's a small dojo.  Wow! 

You should make a trip out to Okinawa!  I enjoyed every time I visited there for work. 

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36 minutes ago, Drck said:

Always good to have high level training like that!

That's a small dojo.  Wow! 

You should make a trip out to Okinawa!  I enjoyed every time I visited there for work. 

I enjoy Yudanshakai classes.  I enjoy the regular classes, but getting to have a black belt exclusive class is nice.
It is a small dojo.  Sensei is looking at a couple of different spots to move us to, but he got that one right after he started running a dojo again, and the classes were small, so we didn't need a very big space.   Now, it's a little different story. :D

I would love to go to Okinawa.  He is planning a trip next year, but I don't know that I'll be able to go.  It is expensive to travel from here to there.  (At least, it is to me). 

35 minutes ago, KZero said:

Congratulations, Shane.  Well done.

Thanks also for sharing all the great pictures.

Thanks, Kenny!  I appreciate it!   I was glad to share them. 

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Cool picks. A few old boys in the black belt club. 

I remember going to school with a black belt in tae kwon do.  He was only 15 and black belt. We all called bullshit on him as he had qualified over in Singapore etc and we thought he was talking pork pies.   Few years later  i read in the paper the blokes repping nz at world competitions. O.o

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20 hours ago, Thumper said:

I enjoy Yudanshakai classes.  I enjoy the regular classes, but getting to have a black belt exclusive class is nice.
It is a small dojo.  Sensei is looking at a couple of different spots to move us to, but he got that one right after he started running a dojo again, and the classes were small, so we didn't need a very big space.   Now, it's a little different story. :D

I would love to go to Okinawa.  He is planning a trip next year, but I don't know that I'll be able to go.  It is expensive to travel from here to there.  (At least, it is to me).  

Yeah, it's probably pretty pricey.  I went for work, so didn't really notice.  Especially with per diem!  :D  I would think it would be a trip of a lifetime, especially given the amount of time, sweat, blood, etc you've dedicated to the art. 

Makes sense on the dojo size.  I heard in Japan, there are tons that size that are parts of family homes. 

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