The available members of Tesshinkan North America held a Shibucho meeting in Nanaimo Sunday February 21st, 2016 at the Shima Karate School. Mike Scales will send an email to Kurt Nordli to thank him for renting us his dojo.
The purpose of the get together was to have a meeting regarding issues surrounding the formal establishment of Tesshinkan North America (TNA) and to agree on the standardization of sets of Kihon for the various Kobudo weapons.
The day’s proceedings started with the Shibucho meeting at 11:00 am. Present were as follows:
Mike Scales – meeting chairperson.
On December 19th Tamayose Hidemi sensei was promoted to Judan by the Okinawa Ken Kobudo Federation. The certificate was brushed by Nakamoto Masahiro sensei. This is a great honour for sensei and a clear affirmation of his skills and contribution to the art.
We had two seminars this September. The first was in Chilliwack September 11 – 13 and the second (which was a first) on Salt Spring Island the following weekend. This is a time when Tamayose Sensei comes to give us the benefit of his knowledge and to conduct a dan grading along with Shapland Sensei and members of the Technical Committee. Here are the results. Omigoto to all.
Rainer Todsen Godan Qualicum
Mac Newton Yondan Courtney
Ionne McCauley Sandan Qualicum
Larry Gilbert Sandan Qualicum
Olen Vanderleeden Shodan Coquitlam
Lance Smith Shodan Coquitlam
Wayne Ferris Shodan Qualicum
Kirsty Oliviera Salt Spring
Jamie Hanlon Ikkyu Edmonton
Winners from Team Tesshinkan in the Okinawa Times
2015 Okinawa Traditional Kobudo World Tournament
These are the Tesshinkan placings at the World Tournament as posted by Sensei Frank Pelny. Omigoto everyone!
1st place : Hagen Walter (GER) / SAI adult male
Sergei Mirutenko (BLR) / BÔ senior male
Kyoka Yamakawa Shapland (CAN) / BÔ Junior High female
2nd place : Frank Pelny (GER) / BÔ senior male
Pavel Dolgachev (RUS) / BÔ-SHIAI
4th place place: Brian Ash (USA) / BÔ senior male
Kevin Mellor (CAN) / SAI senior male
5th place: Lisa McLain Ash (USA) / BÔ senior female
6th place: Sebastian Edelmann (GER) / SAI adult male
Igor Mirutenko (BLR) / BÔ adult male
Andrea Bernhardt (GER) / SAI adult female
7th place: Doreen Schilling (GER) / BÔ adult female
Pavel Dolgachev (RUS) / SAI adult male
13 of 14 Tesshinkan-paticipants placed!
Honor-Award (Honor-Certificate) of the Okinawa Ken Kobudô Renmei
At the Sayonara-party after the World Tournament, 9 foreigners received an Honor-Award in acknowledgment of their work spreading Ryûkyû Kobudô.
3 of them were Tesshinkan-members:
* Donald Shapland (CAN)
* Frank Pelny (GER)
* Rainer Seibert (GER)
5. DAN Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan – Frank Pelny (GER)
3. DAN Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan – Doreen Schilling (GER)
– Viktor Vollmer (GER)
3. DAN Ryûkyû Shôrin-Ryû Tesshinkan – Hagen Walter (GER)
Shapland Sensei at the Tesshinkan Honbu in Ozato, Okinawa.
Tamayose Sensei and Shapland Sensei with menjo
On his current trip to Okinawa, Shapland Sensei was awarded his hachidan by Tamayose Sensei. This is an incredible honour for Shapland Sensei and for Canada. Omigoto!
Don Shapland Sensei, our chief instructor for North America, has selected a Technical Committee to act as advisors and to direct the technical direction of NATR. They are:
Don Shapland, Chilliwack, BC
Dan Antonsen, BC
Brian Ash, Montana
Thomas Hodges, Florida
Rainer Todsen, Qualicum, BC
I had an amazing time. Tamayose Sensei and Masako are wonderful hosts.
The first day was a day to recover from the trip.
Sensei picked me up and we went to Miyagi Chojun monument. Then to Fukusyuen in Naha City. Was built in celebration of the sister city relationship between Naha and Fuzhou in China.
Then to Sensei’s home for the first of many lunches made by Masako.
Next day we toured to different castle sites and the Aquarium. I was able to go to Hama Higa island and Miyagi island. Sensei took me to Uechi Sensei for some Isshin-Ryu karate training.
The next six days we trained in the morning, and site seeing in afternoon. I was very fortunate that Sensei did not have other visitors during this time. I also went to Shurijo castle, the Habu museum, took in an Eisa show. Went to the Gyokusendo Cave, and many other cultural sites. I had an unforgettable time with Tamayose Sensei Masako and his family. Lisa and I will be going back in July for the world tournament. The last day We trained at the beach, had a great lunch by Masako, and sayonara party with the family that night.
Brian Ash, Bozeman, Montana
We are pleased and excited to announce the founding of the North America Tesshinkan Rengokai. At the recent October seminar with Tamayose Sensei in Chilliwack, BC, the shibu cho dojo instructors met to discuss current issues and to found the NATR. The purpose is to get all the dojo a little better organized and to make better use of the experience and knowledge we have in North America. We also want to take some of the weight for organizing events from the shoulders of Shapland Sensei who has been doing most of the organizing and planning on his own. With better communication, we can also make the best use of Tamayose Sensei’s time when he is in North America. It is our hope that we can meet regularly as senior kobudoka to share knowledge and improve our overall standard. These are pretty exciting times of Ryukyu kobudo in North America and we will let you know how things unfold.