Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Every ten years or so, I reinvent myself. I don’t have a schedule or a plan necessarily, but it’s not random either. I’ve always been looking for something and, if I can’t find it where I am, I have to keep searching.  
What am I looking for? It’s not that complicated really. I’m just looking to be my best and some peace of mind. No one can do that alone. We need community. We need to find the place where we fit. We need support. We need to be accountable to ourselves and to those who share our values and goals. Sometimes, we need to be challenged and pushed forward. Some people are fortunate enough to find themselves and their place in this world quickly and easy. Some people give up looking or never give themselves permission to try and instead just try to survive – making the best of their situation. Others, like me, have to learn the hard way until we get it right. It’s a struggle sometimes. But it’s so worth it.
I have been a teacher, a researcher, a consultant, a student, an administrator, a college professor, an organizer, a coalition builder. I've had many successes along the way, but right now, I’m making over my life again.

This Karate Association follows the same path and ideology as one can expect from its title "Loyalty". Its Karate teachings very much parallel the same virtues of loyalty, honesty and commitment; and it promotes supporting and helping each other to achieve the same goals and objectives in the way of Karate. This Karate Association can be viewed as a "way of life" to help promote a unique perspective of life - the wisdom to perceive the benefits of adopting a nonviolent attitude, the virtue of being patient and the tranquility of possessing peace in our lives.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Dominican Republic Gathering
November 3 2012

Take the unique opportunity to participate at our Karate gathering in Dominican Republic. It will take place on Saturday, November the 3.
If you are interested, please contact Jose Estrella, Sensei...786-290-6474. We will be leaving Miami on the 1st and coming back on the 4. This will be a 3 region gathering, The Puerto Rico Rigion will be joining us there as well.

During the seminar we will have the chance to get to know each other and have discussions and talk about the future of World Sansei. We not only want to enlarge World Sansei but build it into a stronger organization.

We would need to receive your reply if you could come to this gathering.
I believe it’s a great opportunity to gather with these regions. Travel expenses must be covered individually, we ask you to support this gathering with
your passion towards World Sansei.

Hoping to see many of you there!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Our Journey and Future 

I believe that everyone should have a dream, approximately many years ago when I decided I wanted to expand the World Sansei Organization worldwide this was my dream, I wanted to be associated with decent people and I wanted extraordinary Students. . 

The 33 years that have followed that decision have been years of great experience to me and all who have been with me. We have expanded from a small group of black belts in 1976, to an International organization with Affiliated Dojos in; India, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, China, Peru, and throughout the United States.

Not only is World Sansei organization we have an impressive quality of members. In our numbers we include many professionals, World Champion competitors, Masters, and Instructors from around the globe! I am very proud to say our members represent some of the most knowlegible Instructors in the world.

As an organization we are dedicated to promoting Sansei in a positive environment and our members are very active in giving back to our communities and supporting events worldwide. Many of our members perform seminars, tournaments, and other events to support and raise funds for charities in our community, including many children’s and special needs groups. As World Sansei members, it is our duty and responsibility to dedicate our efforts to a greater cause.

The World Sansei organization, its growth, the dedication & commitment of the members, and the integrity demonstrated has far exceeded my aspirations, but as all martial artists does, the organization will continue to challenge itself, and reach for new heights. In the next few years, we will sponsor our the 33 Silver Cup International Championships to be held In Miami , Florida on December, 2014 in addition, our Chile Director, Juan Gonzalez, is expanding his program of teaching Sansei to many parts of his country. Our hopes are to continue to expand this amazing Organization. The Puerto Rico Region is also planning a very prestigious event next year 2013. The South African region with James Vermaak at as the Regional Director will hosts a WKF event in South Africa next year. This year we are planning a tri Region Gathering in Dominican Republic. In addition I will be traveling to every region during the next two years.

So, as you can see, our organization and its members are people of action, not just words! We are a world renowned organization, but one with the highest honor and integrity. We are not only teaching the martial arts, but we are also using our gift of the arts to help those in our community that are less fortunate. The World Sansei Organization is made up of people that are not afraid to challenge ourselves to go above and beyond.

I have no doubt this organization and the people in it will continue to grow and support the greater cause. We have all been blessed with this wonderful gift of World Sansei and we want to share it. This commitment and dedication is exactly what has made us a World Leader in the martial arts community and a martial arts organization to be proud of.

Monday, August 13, 2012

At any point in our lives when we are making progress, there will always be someone who doesn't want to see us proceed and accomplish success. When we are dealing with "haters" and naysayers it is best that we don't waste any energy stressing or getting mad over there opinions, because no matter what we do somebody will always have something negative to say about it. 

The only time that we should truly worry is when we don't hear anyone talking about us at all, this means that you don't have anything going on for people to try and be cynical about. Never run away from what you are doing because someone says that you can't do it, or that you shouldn't be doing it. You know in your heart what is right for you to be doing, so make sure you follow it. Never let anything or anybody stand in the way of you accomplishing your dreams!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Karate is a civilian art developed in Okinawa
Civilians are not forced to live by military code; however Karate followers are by their own commitment.
The strength and uniqueness of Goju Ryu Karate lies in its heritage. Each one of us is an extension of the direct line from, Higashionna Kanryo to, Miyagi, Sensei to my teachers, to your Sensei’s, and to you. In order to put the philosophical, spiritual, and physical teachings of your seniors in proper perspective, you should understand the inspiring heritage of our Karate.
Karate is a peasant art of farmers. Learned from the Chinese and combined with their own cultural fighting art of "Te", the Okinawans did not rename "tode" (Chinese hand) to Karate (empty hand) until adopting the Japanese language after occupation. Did you catch that? OCCUPATION. (That means they were conquered)
"In Okinawa, an expert of Karate was called a "Bushi," which meant a true gentleman or a noble character. In feudal times in Japan, in contrast, "Bushi" referred to "warriors" or "samurai." Karate is a defensive art only - it is never used for offense. It is a self-defense art that should be mastered to conquer oneself and learn to behave modestly. For that reason, a well trained Karateman was looked upon as a "Bushi" - a noble Karateman."
Okinawan and Japanese concepts of "Bushi" differ and what does this mean for students of Karate? I started to review literature and websites and quickly found that many people associate Karate "Bushi" with the Japanese concept of warrior or samurai. If Karate people are this type of "Bushi" it is natural to think that they should follow the Code of "Bushido", literally, the way of the "Bushi." While at it, why not throw in Zen training for good measure?
At the time of the formation of Karate, Okinawa was not part of Japan. The Ryukyu or Loo Choo Kingdom, of which Okinawa was the largest island, was independent. It traded with Japan, China and many other countries. It had its own king, political and social structure, language, religion, arts and culture. Okinawans were not Japanese. So why should their martial artists follow the Japanese Code of Bushido, which was only applicable to the Japanese warrior class?
Was the problem with the word "Bushi" itself? Fortunately, a good friend of mine at the university is a professor of linguistics and I set to him a series of questions about this subject.
He explained that although "Bushi" uses the same kanji and is pronounced the same in Okinawa and Japan, it means different things. In Japan, a "Bushi" was a member of the warrior class. In Okinawa, the term "Bushi" was honorific. It was used to refer to a Karate practitioner who was respected and revered not only for of his superior martial arts skill, but for being a civilized, principled gentleman as well. "Bushi" did not mean the Japanese "samurai." As evidence of this, even the Okinawan King's official guards, who were referred to as "samurai" in Okinawa, were not referred to as "Bushi."
Karate did not stop the Japanese Samurai from coming in and occupying the island, nor was there any successful peasant revolt to overthrow the Samurai. Sure, there were a few famous isolated instances of Karate guys successfully defending themselves against an armed Samurai, and Karate training is admittedly grueling but the facts are facts...Okinawa, once an independent kingdom, is now part of Japan. Many Okinawans today refer to this following saying “Okinawa is not part of Japan”
Karate-do is in inner feeling about it. Preserved and practiced by its way and meditation through movement we call kata. When I go into karate-do, the self is accepting these simple patterns, their energy, and this strives to discover the ever-renewing truth, Strikes, blocks, kicks, connected by the step of determination – and eventually we go and find the balance.

Karate-do is simplicity; it is inner feeling, without any undue complications about the state of combat. As a guiding light we take the road of physical stress to reform and return to the most pure rebirth of humanity.

If you practice you keep the fire of concentration alive. Through these patterns you burn like a cosmic star, emitting the rays of techniques into an open space.

Karate-do is adherence to what we were taught about life and to what we discover by ourselves. Fundamental karate of Zen expresses a disregard for the foolish ways of the mundane world of social complications.