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Patrick McCarthy
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Attended Australian College of Natural Medicine
Lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


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OCEANIA Koryu Uchinadi GASSHUKU 2016 ~ Brisbane, Australia 

I am VERY pleased to tell you that our of special guest instructors this year will be Jim Sindt Sensei [our Danish Shibucho] of Copenhagen. Sindt Sensei will be teaching Yamane Ryu Kobudo along with KU Kata.

In addition to Sindt Sensei, Johnny Kennedy Renshi will be focusing on our stand-up skills, Bill Johansen Renshi will work the ground [Ne-waza], Nigel McReaddie Shihan will revisit "The Rules of Engagement," and I will focus on Riai-tegumi [emphasing the importance of effectively negotiating the clinch], deliver a lecture and carry out this year's rank evaluations.

I am especially looking forward to having at least two other special guest instructors from Germany
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Registrations conclude at the end of the month [Feb 2016].

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Koryu Uchinadi Mokuroku ~ 古流沖縄手目録

1. Uchi/Uke-waza: Giving/Receiving Percussive Impact: [29 techniques]
2. Tegumi: Dealing with the clinch through Kotekitai, Kakie, Ude Tanren and Muchimi-di, etc. [36 techniques]
3. Kansetsu/Tuite-waza: Joint Manipulation, Cavity Seizing & Limb Entanglements: [72 techniques]
4. Shime-waza: Chokes/Strangles-Air/Blood Deprivation: [36 techniques]
5. Nage-waza: Balance Displacement: [55 techniques]
6. Ne-waza: Ground-fighting & Submission: [72 techniques]
7. Gyaku-waza: Escapes & Counters: [36 techniques]
8. Kata: The classical mnemonic mechanism through which fighting principles are culminated, preserved and transmitted [solo routines]
9. Riai-Kumite: 2-Person engagement practice

Koryu Uchinadi is a completely systematised contemporary interpretation of the original four empty-handed fighting arts extant during Okinawa's old Ryukyu Kingdom-Period.

Ti'gwa: The plebeian form of percussive impact [referred to as "Te" or "Di" and written 手] introduced to Okinawa from the old Kingdom of Siam during its early period of inter-cultural commerce.

Kata: [Hsing/Xing 型/形 in Mandarin Chinese] Southern/Fujian-based solo quanfa [principally Yongchun & Monk Fist quanfa, etc] routines used as forms of human movement developed and popularized by the Chinese as ways of promoting physical fitness, mental conditioning and holistic well-being.

Torite: [Chin Na/Qinna/擒拿 in Mandarin Chinese] Shaolin-based methods of seizing and controlling once vigorously embraced by law enforcement officials, security agencies and correctional officers during Okinawa's old Ryukyu Kingdom Period.

Tegumi: [手組] Originally a multi-faceted style of fighting dating back to the time of Tametomo, the discipline is believed to have been derived from Chinese Wrestling [Jiao Li/角力 from which comes Shuai Jiao/摔角 --- name est. 1928]. Tegumi evolved into a form of grappling and finally became a rule-bound sport called Ryukyu Sumo.

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Congratulations to Bill Johansen Renshi, who received his 6th Dan at Hatsu-geiko today. In doing so he not only becomes Australia's senior most ranked Aiki Kenpo Jujutsu instructor but also the director and chief instructor for the association here in Oceania.

Congratulations Shihan
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Official Notice

West Watford Kai KU Study Group, headed up by Sensei Steve Howlett, will be hosting their first official KU-related gathering 22 Jan 2016 with Joost Frehé Shidoin. Any/all KU enthusiasts in the area, and or any traditional Karateka interested in kata application practices, 2-person drills and or KU curriculum, are welcome to participate. 

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Dear Mr. van de Wetering & Bass Sensei 

I would like to thank the CBME [Comite Behind Martial Erfgoed] and Dutch International Budo Hall of Fame for the 2016 induction ... it's a wonderful surprise and I am greatly honoured to be the recipient of your recognition, in support of the First Dutch Museum of Martial Arts. The Netherlands has a very long history and heritage rich in Asian fighting arts. May I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the other recipients and offer you the best of luck with your continued work and challenges which lay ahead. 

Patrick McCarthy 
IRKRS Director

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Dear KU-ka, IRKRS members, Google+ friends and Facebook subscribers,

Yuriko and I will be arriving in LA, at the end of the week, in an effort to continue our search to find suitable accommodations for our forthcoming relocation from Australia to the United States.

With Christmas, family and oversea's guests visiting for the holiday season and new year's, it's been a virtual madhouse here and we are struggling to get through an unrelenting pile of merchandise orders, membership renewals, instructor's program assignments and or other email correspondence.

If you have been/or are waiting on a response from either of us, please know that I/we will respond ASAP ... and will be taking our notebook computers with us and hope to be online much of the time we are away to catch up on all work.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this busy time of year.
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There is a HUGE void in the world of music this day.

Sad news that one of my longtime favourite pop stars has only just lost his battle with cancer ... David Bowie was 69 years old. RIP
I grew up on his music, loved his lyrics and out-of-the-box persona along with the remarkably ability to continually and successfully reinvent himself.

He passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

The influential singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.

Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.…/david-bowie-dead-legenda…
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I'd like to congratulate my longtime friend and fellow classmate [under the guidance of our late teacher, Kinjo Hiroshi] 8th Dan Shihan, Gerardo Manuel Pimentel, of Rosario, on establishing, "KU Argentina Kenkyukai," an official IRKRS branch of Koryu Uchinadi in Argentina. 

Un abrazo mi amigo :-)
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by The Kaizen Dojo & Sensei William Ford​

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2015 IRKRS Honour Roll Recipients

The Kinjo Hiroshi Humanitarian Award - Huub Meijer [The Netherlands]

Lifetime Achievement Award - Wendell Black  [Canada]

Person of the Year - Mike Coombes [Canada]

Researcher - Andi Quast [Germany]

Innovator of the Year - Ante Brännbacka [Finland] 

Writer of the Year - Marco Forti [Italy]

Instructor of the Year - Cody Stewart [Canada]

IRKRS Ambassador Award - Kimberly Spletter [USA]

Yudansha of the Year - Jannik Otterstätter [Germany]

Mudansha of the Year - Sascha Ringel [Germany]

Dojo Award - Koryukan Hungary 

Special Recognition - Paul Lopresti [USA], Olaf Krey, Dinah Kretschmer & Martin Cassel [Germany], Edina Imrik & Alan Richardson [The UK], Josh Stewart, Brian Sakamoto & Kai Kleinitz [Canada], Brett Hall & Erin Gamble [NZ], Damian Murphy [Ireland], Johnny Kennedy & Bill Johansen [Australia] and Paschal Wafula [Kenya]. 

These recipients are being honoured today, not just because of their physical prowess or passion for the art but also for their dedication, important accomplishments, valuable contributions and unwavering commitment to be the very best they can. Adorning the training costume, embracing physical training with earnest dedication, studying its philosophy and performing the esoteric rituals has transformed and empowered these recipients in such a way that their lives have become as much a product of the art as the art has become equally a product of their lives.  While this art is not their whole life, it most certainly makes their lives whole.

The art can condition the body, cultivate the mind and nurture the spirit, in an effort to improve health, the holistic purpose; be better prepared to protect oneself, the defensive application; build moral character, the social aim; discover and overcome the source human weakness; the philosophical nature; and finally, to know inner-peace, the spiritual essence. This tradition is also a provocative alternative to conventional methods of physical fitness and stress management. Learning how to respond dispassionately to unwarranted aggression requires self-empowerment. Such training promotes an inner-calm and, where conflict exists, helps restore balance to personal and professional relationships.

Deep roots strengthen the foundation of this art and yet wings provide the means to continue forth on the journey of discovery. Practicing the fighting arts link us inconspicuously to its past; through discipline and sacrifice we discover our inner-self; by training together we forge important bonds of friendship and by living the art we honour its heritage. 

I would like to say how very proud I am of his accomplishments and wish him the very best of luck on his onward journey and the many challenges, which lay ahead. 

Congratulations dear friends, today, we honour you...

Patrick McCarthy 
IRKRS Director
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Patrick McCarthy - IRKRS Director
I'm a Japan-accredited Karate instructor [Hanshi 9th Dan/範士9段], writer and founding director of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society/琉球唐手術国際研究会. My publications include, ‘The Bubishi,” “Classical Kata of Okinawan Karate,” “Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts, Volumes 1 & 2,” “Tales of Okinawa’s Great Masters,” “Tanpenshu”  [Funakoshi Gichin's Finest Work], “Karate, My Art” [Motobu Choki's Finest Work], numerous articles/papers, etc., and a collection of educational DVDs, which focus upon the nature and application of my historical and technical studies of, “The Old-Ways.

Originally from Canada I migrated to Japan during the mid 1980’s, married and spent many years there before relocating to Oz in 1995. I’ve studied the fighting arts since childhood and decided early on, “To live my dream,” and I was able to successfully transform a passion into a profession and have never regretted taking that chance. Now, I’m dedicated to helping other like-minded enthusiasts better understand the traditional art of Karate and live, "their dream."

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