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UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo

Postby Seizan » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:40 pm

Hello Everybody, and Greetings from Okinawa.

Lately, I have had some free time to web-surf several sites, and I am happy to see that a lot of my (actually, Toyama Sensei's) information regarding history, concepts, terminology, and other technical information has been used on many sites. In reading through the sites, I noticed a few errors, probably caused by transcriptional or translation difficulties. I would like to offer some corrections or clarifications if possible, and if you wish them.

Some published information and history was written prior to my training with Toyama Sensei, and may be erroneous in places. Some newer information had not been seen or read until it was published in the UechiRyu section of the Wikipedia in 2007. Since then, it has found its place in many UechiRyu brochures and training manuals around the world. This includes the history of the development of the five contemporary kata, meanings of kata names, and reference to some of the old-style concepts. I am highly gratified if it helps anyone's training and understanding of UechiRyu. But I had not realized how extensively it has been used until now.

Having lived and trained mostly on Okinawa since 1979 (41 years!), I have continuously gathered and researched historical and technical information, much of which has never been published or discussed before. Especially in the past 22 years, I've added a great deal more to our information base.

If you'd like to augment some of the information you already have, please feel free to ask. I only ask that you be specific with your questions.

We hope you can join in with some of our other guests this year or next. Next month (my spring break in late March) we will host a team from Pakistan and guests from the USA and France. This summer (late July through August) we will host an international mix from the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, and Norway. A few students in Russia and Viet Nam have indicated plans to train with us but have not yet confirmed their arrangements.

Our small website has a little more information. Near the top of the page (just under the photo) there is a link to "Supplemental Information". It takes a few seconds to load, and the title is rather small. For more history and other information, please visit that section too.

https://breyette.wixsite.com/urzk-nghm-dojo

The doors of the UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo are open to friendly and sincere fellow practitioners. When you visit Okinawa, please coordinate with your seniors here for a visit to the Nagahama Dojo.

We hope you read this message in a spirit of open camaraderie, and that we'll hear from you anytime.

Best regards to all,

Seizan, Sumako, and all Zankai Members
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Re: UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo

Postby Seizan » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:32 am

Hi Folks,

I just updated the entry on my site for guest students. I included a look at a set of possible training schedules for beginners through advanced practitioners. I've used almost all of them before.

Go to

https://breyette.wixsite.com/urzk-nghm- ... ahama-dojo

If this URL doesn't work, use this one:

https://tinyurl.com/w6a3opa

Hope everyone is well and doing what you can to avoid the virus outbreak.

Best regards,

Seizan
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Re: UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo

Postby Seizan » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:28 pm

Hello Everyone.

New text added to the Zankai website:

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To talk about this style or training, please feel free to Skype me at Seizan01. You can use the message service below or send an invitation via Skype with a short text, and we can arrange a time to connect (considering time zone differences and duty schedules).

We hope to hear from you anytime...!
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UPDATE: Several practitioners have postponed their visits for training this month because of the virus outbreak. One gentleman from France is still coming for a week anyway, and another from Pakistan (a member of the Olympic Committee) has just received sponsorship (from the Pepsi Company) for his visit.

We hope to see the rest for training this summer.
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Re: UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo

Postby Seizan » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:38 am

Hello Everyone,

Greetings from Okinawa.

A new section was added to my website. If you visit, go to "Supplemental Information" and you'll find steaming audio tracks are now available. They are not downloadable, so must be listened to while visiting the website.

These are meaningful and informative essays read (preferably) by the author. So far, one essay has been posted (by Joseph Bellone). He just wrote another and will record it soon (he is home "tele-working", so he may find the time) and send to me for formatting and final production. I am using Sumako's koto rendition of "Bashofu" as a subtle background to the essays.

In a short while, I will post 10 more essays regarding the Zankai training and testing philosophy -- it is actually one long essay broken into 10 parts. Other students are writing too, and we’ll see more in that section soon.

That's about all there is for now. Please stay safe, and we hope to see some of you on Okinawa this summer.

Best wishes for everyone's health and welfare,

Seizan and Sumako
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Re: UechiRyu Zankai Nagahama Dojo

Postby Seizan » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:14 am

NEW AUDIO SECTION ADDED!

Hello Everyone,

Sumako and I hope you are all safe and healthy. We'll all need our strength, patience, and goodwill to get through the social and economic crises that will come after this virus outbreak passes.

A new page was just added to the Nagahama Dojo Homepage. Go here:

https://breyette.wixsite.com/urzk-nghm-dojo/audio

The first audio selection is a ten-part essay on the UechiRyu Zankai's testing philosophy -- how we view tests and delineate the various Dan levels. If you tap the play button on the Wix Player, Part 2 immediately follows the finish of Part 1, and so one to the end of Part 10. Or, you can select individual tracks, as you like.

Please allow a short delay for the audio tracks to load -- sometimes they won't play immediately but might take a few seconds before playing.

This essay is followed by Joseph Bellone's "The Importance of Practice". Joseph is a Zankai Yondan in Massachusetts. I sincerely hope you all get to meet him on Okinawa this summer.

I have been using Sumako's classical koto rendition of "Bashofu" for essays, but we'll record more traditional Okinawan and Japanese music soon. Sumako promised to set some time aside for practice -- Bashofu was recorded 22 years ago! If she doesn't have the time, I can use pieces found in the Public Domain easily enough.

Comments for the audio section are disabled, so please send any comments or suggestions to my e-mail address.

More audio tracks will be posted from time to time. Enjoy!

Best regards,

Seizan
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