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Patrick McCarthy
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Attended Australian College of Natural Medicine
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Didcot Koryu Uchinadi - Old School Karate Jutsu Presents: A Day of Matsumura Passai applications practices and associated drills. Open Seminar. Open to all styles and arts. Come and train with friends or make new ones. Learn the brutal applications that underpin many of the modern kata (Pinan, ...
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2016 North American Koryu Uchinadi Gasshuku ~ Calgary, Canada
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2016 Summer issue of Martial arts MASTERS magazine

I feel extremely privileged to be recognised by Masters Magazine for my contributions to the art of Karate and hope that my example might serve to inspire other likeminded enthusiasts. I am very grateful for your support... thank you Val Mijailovic, Don Warrener & Jose Fraguas

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Introduction to Koryu Uchinadi Gyaku waza

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Karate is a form of physical expression...a pathway! 

Karate is a mechanism about understanding oneself, life and the world in which we dwell; the further down its path I traveled the deeper inside myself I reached, until it became evident that it wasn't really about a destination...but rather, a journey!

Exploring every aspect of the art, I have practiced and studied since childhood. I decided early on to follow my dream and make karate my life's work...it's been a fascinating journey. During my travels I met many karateka from various styles, some were like-minded, others ... not so much. With few exceptions, and irrespective of the varying levels of experience they commanded, each enthusiastically pursued truth in their own way. Even though their way was not always the same as my way I could not ignore their passion for the art, which brought us together. 

From this I gained a healthy respect for other ways of arriving at the same understanding. More importantly, I also learned to appreciate how individualism served as the source from which "style" evolved.

Years of study the fighting arts in Japan, and cross-training throughout China and SE Asia, profoundly influenced my thinking. My collective experiences ultimately gave way to reshaping the way I came to understand, practice and teach the fighting arts. In 1995, after nearly thirty years of study, I took the International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society [琉球唐手術国際研究会/est. 1988] public and formally established, Koryu Uchinadi [古流沖縄手] as a contemporary interpretation of old-school karate.

Koryu Uchinadi/古流沖縄手
Koryu Uchinadi’s unique system of application practices bridge the gap between kata and kumite and enhance the depth and value of any dojo curriculum without adversely effecting the cosmetic appearance of style. KU can also be learned/imparted as 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 a natural balance to personal and professional relationships. Conditioning the body, cultivating the mind and nurturing the spirit, Koryu Uchinadi is a challenging pathway to improving health, its holistic purpose; providing life protection skills, its defensive application; building moral character, its social aim; surmounting the source of human weakness, its philosophical nature; and, revealing inner peace and tranquility, its spiritual essence.

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Congratulations Sensei Mike Coombes

I hope you'll join me in congratulating one of my Canadian students, Sensei Mike Coombes, who has just received his Renshi-level instructor's accreditation in Koryu Uchinadi and joins the ranks of other senior KU instructors around the world. 

A career professional, Coombes Renshi works as a full-time instructor at his own dojo, Hatsuun Jindo Martial Arts, in Courtice, Ontario, Canada.  He has been involved in the martial arts for much of his adult life starting with Goju Ryu in 1994 and came on board with KU twelve years ago, in 2004.  In 2010, and after embracing KU for six years, Mike made Yudansha and also received his Shidoin licence in the same year. Honing his skills for another two years of study he enrolled into the Instructor's Training Program, in 2012. 

Reaching out and working closely with his international KU family, Mike's established unshakable bonds of friendship with senior instructors like Damien Costello, Paul Lopresti and Darrin Johnson, ete., and enjoyed a widespread camaraderie with these mentors that dates back to his early beginnings with KU. Closest to him is his longtime friendship and respect for Helen and Brian Sakamoto, who started him on this pathway more than a decade ago. 

For years, he’s enthusiastically participated in a wide variety of training opportunities in several different fighting arts and attended seminars and Gasshuku in the USA and throughout Canada. Learning from the best has resulted in improving both his standard of karate and that of his teaching skills. An inspirational martial artist in both his training and teaching, he is known for being honest, fair, tolerant, encouraging and driven. His efforts and important contributions have not gone unrecognised either as he received IRKRS Special recognition in 2011, our Dojo Award in 2013, become the Yudansha of the Year in 2014 and in 2015 he was named the IRKRS' "Person of the Year."  Few, if any, can make such a boast in the organisation ~ Mike Coombes can, but his modesty would most certainly prevent him from ever doing so ... it's just the kind of person he truly is. 

He constantly endeavours to get the very best from his students by giving completely of himself and holding nothing back; giving is getting according to this instructor and he believes very strongly about contributing in a positive way to his community and is equally committed to bringing the holistic benefits of the physical and mental aspects of the fighting arts to those within his field of influence. 

One of the most well respected members of the IRKRS, Mike san lost his beautiful wife, Camille, in January of 2015 after her long battle with Cancer.  The father of two wonderful boys, Stuart and Logan, Mike remains fully committed to guiding his sons along this wonderful path of discovery and to keep strong the loving memory of their mom. 

Having only recently stepped into the new position as co-director of our Toronto-based movement, together with KU Shidoin, Josh Stewart, I would like to say, as the director of the IRKRS, how very proud I am of Mike's accomplishments and wish him the very best of luck with the many challenges, which lay ahead. 

As the recipient of this accreditation Coombes Renshi now joins the ranks of an impressive alumni, such as Dirk Thesenvitz and Olaf Krey [Germany], Per-Ivar Andersson [Sweden], Ante Brännbacka [Finland], Damien Costello [Ireland], Christopher Mazzali, Phyllis Chalmers and Bill Johansen [all of Australia], Verlin Koch [of Canada], Danny Spletter and Paul Lopresti [both from the USA], Marco Forti [Italy], Erin Gamble and Johnny Kennedy [both of New Zealand], etc. 

Koryu Uchinadi conditions the body, cultivates the mind and nurtures 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. These traditions are also provocative alternatives 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. Adorning the training costume, embracing physical training with earnest dedication, studying its philosophy and performing the esoteric rituals has transformed and empowered our lives in such a way that our lives have become as much a product of the art as the art has become equally a product of our lives. Your dedication and ongoing effort to study, preserve and promote the history, evolution and value of the fighting arts is exemplary.

Mike san, today the IRKRS salutes you my friend.

Patrick McCarthy
Director

PS Interested parties can find out more about Mike Coombes and Hatsuun Jindo here http://hatsuunjindomartialarts.perfectmind.com and on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/HatsuunJindo/  or contact him c/o hatsuunjindomartialarts@gmail.com 
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Sincere congrats. A huge accomplishment -- culmination of many years of hard work and training.

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The Easter Season will soon be upon us.

Easter symbolises sacrifice and the promise of renewal.

Tomorrow will be Good Friday [here in Australia], a day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. While I am NOT a terribly religious person [I have a problem with politics fused to spiritualism] I am spiritual, believe in a greater force that unites nature with the cosmos and freely embrace the human concept of living together in universal harmony.

Wishing my family [near 'n far], students and all my friends renewed hope, unwavering faith, blessed love and endless happiness this Easter season...

...and, if you're traveling, especially during such untenable times, keep your eyes & ears open, watch your ass and be safe!

Happy Easter/Passover
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Happy Easter to all our KU friends down under , happy Easter Hanshi 

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Hi folks,

Here are the dates and contact details for my Autumn seminar tour ... FYI, there will be a couple of other Toronto-related training opportunities but they are being organised by my dear friend, Hanshi Cezar Borkowski, through NKS, and it would be best to contact him directly.

* 7-11 Sep 2016 ~ Calgary, AB, Canada: KU Gasshuku c/o Alan Colter sensei.alan@bunbukan.ca
* 14 Sep 2016 ~ Aurora, ON, Canada c/o Steve Armes steve@shoshinkan.ca
* 15 Sep 2016 ~ Georgetown, ON, Canada c/o Tony Rampulla tony@rampullasmartialarts.com
* 17/18 Sep 2016 ~ Toronto, ON, Canada c/o Mike Coombes hatsuunjindomartials@gmail.com& Jos Stewart poet.josh.stewart@gmail.com
* 23/24 Sep 2016 ~ Miami, FL, USA ~ Karate-Do Legends Tournament c/o Jose Fundora usakensho@gmail.com
* 1/2 Oct 2016 ~ Fredericton, NB, Canada c/o Geoff MacDonald kimudo@gmail.com
* 8/9 Oct 2016 ~ Albany, NY, USA c/o William Reid 1budokai@nycap.rr.com
* 15/16 Oct 2016 ~ Toronto, ON, Canada c/o Brad Jones jonesbrad123@gmail.com
* 21-23 Oct 2016 ~ Vancouver, BC, Canada c/o Frank Clayton frankclayton@telus.net& Norma Foster guseikai@hotmail.com
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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."

More public stuff here …
http://seinenkai.com/salute-mccarthy.html
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* Favourite Movies: The kind that take you on a journey, compels you to question "things," think outside the box and make you laugh ... especially at yourself! * Favourite Music: The kind of music that moves, smooths and inspires you even when you're not feeling well... * Favourite Books: The kind that teach you things, take you places [both real and imaginary] and bring you in touch with the wonder of being alive...
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  • Australian College of Natural Medicine
    Martial Arts Instruction
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