Fortunate Fellow

Friday, 29 August 2014 by

Some friends at my dojo began a “challenge” of writing notes about what they are grateful for. I like that kind of thinking in this world that I experience as increasingly fractured, polarized, and coarse each day. I am grateful that I get to go to my dojo and find a few hundred good decent

Students have asked how to get one of those beautiful metallic gold-striped Shihan black belts worn by Mark Sentoshi Russo, James Kentoshi Norris, and Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney. I always reply with the same 3-part answer: First, train for decades to develop incredibly refined martial arts skills. Next, perfect the art of looking at a student’s

Developing real martial arts skill is not a quick-stick tack-on, but rather a deep-seep accumulation. You have to learn good lessons and then repeat those over and over to make a part of you the new insights and ways of being. Make a point of sharing with everyone who enrolls alongside you in your martial

In my non-stop travels the first half of this year, I was teaching a private lesson to a To-Shin Do green belt student. We were talking about the pace of progress towards brown and then black belt. My friend commented, “It’s frustrating to look at my progress and think how much faster I would be


Thursday, 07 February 2013 by

Students who attend classes regularly often graduate to their next belt every three months. The graduation ceremony is a celebration of learning, growing, and accomplishment that usually occurs on the last Friday of the month. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend and show their support, and a real sense of community takes over

Iron Phurba Intensive Seminar

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 by

What if life were like a dream, and in that dream you forgot how truly powerful you were? What if in that dream you forgot how helpful you could be? What if you forgot how much everyone is counting on you to find your way to authentic power and purity? What if you forgot your

November 2012 Graduation

Monday, 19 November 2012 by

Congratulations to all of the color belt graduates who demonstrated high energy and skill for families and friends this month. We had multiple people promoted to the next level of training and exciting free response. Missed the show? Interested in seeing yourself or a fellow student under pressure, check out the full graduation on livestream

October 2012 Graduation

Saturday, 20 October 2012 by

Congratulations graduates! Color Belts and Black Belts alike showed incredible skill and energy during this October’s graduation. The Hombu is proud to acknowledge the 3rd Degree Black Belt promotions of instructors, Matt Chotoshi Herbert, and Robert Santoshi Hayes. Youth students Jill and Lucas Ruffing received their 1st Degree Black Belts. Adults celebrating their 1st Degree

Ryu Tai

Thursday, 04 October 2012 by

September 2012 Graduation

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 by

Congratulations to all of the color belt graduates. A special congratulations to Francoise Walusis and Brigid Griffin for receiving their Coaches Crests. Youth Black Belt students provided an accurate demonstration of the 4 1/2ft. jo staff and multiple Black Belts demonstrated their own skills in exciting fashion. Don’t miss An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’s demonstration of