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    Possible source...

    "Empi uchi" is used to describe an elbow strike in various styles of karate-do including Shotokan.
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    What was Kaiso's view?

    FWIW -



    "In China, I was taught the meaning of the world "people." The character for people is made of two things each holding up the other. It is because they hold up each other that they mean...
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    WSKO status of Japanese kenshi

    Based on the WSKO website (here), comments from Sosai and the inclusion of Zaidan Hojin and Shukyo Hojin participants at World Taikai, the members in Japan are indeed members of WSKO.

    However, the...
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    BSKF's "The Way of the Fat Dragon" production at...

    BSKF's "The Way of the Fat Dragon" production at Hombu 1989. :D
  5. Thread: yay!!

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    Well done

    Congratulations Peter! :D
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    Yamasaki sensei - 40th anniversary taikai

    Here he is.
  7. Gassho, Peter - it was fabulous having you and...

    Gassho,

    Peter - it was fabulous having you and your boys come along to our dojo.

    Hopefully see you soon in Canada or Japan.

    Best wishes,

    John
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    Harumafuji - Natsu Basho 2009 Yusho

    FYI - here is a day-by-day account of Harumafuji's first Makuuchi division championship win (Natsu Basho 2009), including the "winner take all" rematch vs. Hakuho.
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    Trained fist

    Gassho,

    I agree with Johan - we spend a lot of our training time making punches with a closed fist - so we are indeed "Shorinji boxers."

    If you punch a solid bony surface there is a high risk...
  10. Wonderful!

    Gassho,

    Thanks Paul for sharing that beautiful footage from Shorinji Kempo's golden age.

    Yes - it definitely is Nakano sensei leading the practice. Yamasaki sensei is in the crowd too.

    I...
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    Chudan gamae, jo/chu nirenko

    For what it's worth, I think this is one of the greatest examples of punching using our type of kamae and footwork (mostly)...

    Enjoy it here!

    Best wishes,

    John
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    Berlin news

    Gassho,

    From the WSKO website:

    Branch Master Changed
    = Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin Branch, Germany, New Branch Master Joerg Rackwitz

    Congratulations Joerg sensei! I am sure you will do a...
  13. Championship decided by play-off match

    Talking to myself here...

    The Hatsu Basho came down to a play off between Yokozuna Hakuho and Asashoryu.

    Could Asashoryu prevail even with a bum elbow??? :(

    Feel the tension! :p

    See the...
  14. Prediction update

    "If Harumafuji loses I think he'll have a dreadful Basho but will claim a Yokozuna scalp later on to save some face."

    Hakuho vs Harumafuji

    Told you! :D

    Yours smugly,
  15. Prediction corner

    Good basho so far.

    Day 4 will see an interesting battle between the winless superstars Harumafuji and Kisenosato. If Harumafuji loses I think he'll have a dreadful Basho but will claim a Yokozuna...
  16. 98% Hakuho

    I reckon it would be a major shock if anyone except Hakuho wins this basho. He's doing good sumo, has good health and apart from the hiccup with Kisenosato no-one has made a dent in him this time...
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    Rogers cable technical support

    Hi Dan,

    WARNING: LOCAL CABLE PROGRAMMING ADVICE ONLY :)

    This post is not going to be a barn burner for readers outside of Ontario, but here goes.

    To switch to the secondary audio channel on...
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    Lightning prediction

    It's Hakuho's to lose although I would like to see Ama go all the way for a change. I also agree that Ama is Ozeki material if he can keep his consistency up.

    BTW, anyone else experiencing...
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    Please give a big "Yoroshiku" to Ota-sensei from...

    Please give a big "Yoroshiku" to Ota-sensei from all of us next time you see him.

    We had a great time with him when he visited.

    Best wishes,
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    Look forward to seeing you

    Gassho,

    Hi Peter,

    We look forward to seeing you in Toronto when you come home.

    BTW, here's a list of the Branches (and their contact details ) in the Toronto area - INFO

    Best wishes,
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    Ontario Gasshuku 2008

    Gassho,

    Here's a web report on the Gasshuku we held with Hiate-sensei in Toronto from Sep 13-14, 2008.

    REPORT

    Best wishes,
  22. Sounds great

    Hey Anders,

    This sounds like a great seminar - one that I would love to attend.

    Alas, I'm going to be at a conference somewhere else at that time. :(

    I hope you all have a great event.
    ...
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    Reefer madness

    Roho and Hakurozan (the two Russian brothers) are dismissed by the Japan Sumo Association for marijuana use and the Association Chairman (Kitanoumi) resigns.

    Full story here

    Mienoumi will...
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    Cheerio Wakanoho

    Russian rikishi Wakanoho has been expelled by the Nihon Sumo Kyokai for possessing marijuana - story here.

    Goodbye Wakanoho and your appalling henka.


    John McCulloch
  25. Gassho, No worries Ade. We'll see you at...

    Gassho,

    No worries Ade.

    We'll see you at the next one.

    Take care,
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