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Spring Martial Arts Seminar at the dojo 2014

Special Guest Sensei Stephen Coniaris
Seminar Details

This is a great opportunity to train with one of Shoshin Ryu’s founding members and teacher to Sensei Bair and Sensei Peterson. Sensei Coniaris is a great instructor that has a unique talent of bringing out the very best in his students.
Kids Seminar

Kids you won’t want to miss this class. Students of all ranks and ages will have the opportunity to train basics, drills and techniques with Sensei Coniaris.

Date: April 26, 2014 9:00am-10:00am
Adult Class Seminar

Adults will have a training day filled with Kihon, Drills, Kata, Knife, goshinjutsu and ground work.

Date: April 26, 2014 10:00am-7:00pm
Yudansha Seminar

Yudansha will start training Friday evening from 4:00pm-8:00pm, all day Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:00am-Noon.

Date: April 25-27, 2014

RSVP to your Sensei or email us at the dojo email

Shoshin Ryu Nationals 2012

I can always expect to return from Nationals with a lot of great memories, new and renewed friendships and an inspiration to keep training hard! Having recently returned from 2012 Nationals in Wilmington, North Carolina I can gladly say that this year is no different. A huge “Thank you!” to the SR Nationals committee and to Sensei Aaron Lawrence and his dojo for organizing such a rich and memorable seminar.

The event began Wednesday, August 1st with a very informative Instructor’s Seminar. The Shoshin Ryu Board has compiled and created not only a new Instructor’s Guidebook but also a systematized certification and ranking of Shoshin Ryu instructors. Now new black belts who want to teach will not only have a new curriculum to get to Nidan, but also a curriculum to follow in their path to becoming a great teacher. The new system includes requirements like written tests, required readings, and the need to produce a certain number of new black belts, thus helping to secure the future health of Shoshin Ryu. The new Instructor’s Guidebook is full of useful information covering many areas. From starting a new dojo to how to retain students, from martial arts history to Anatomy, every sensei should be able to take something useful from this guidebook.

After dinner that night was the official bow in and that’s when the training really began to break out. Sensei Combo led the group through several self-defense techniques from both standing and on the ground with a standing opponent. Almost everything taught was simply a different way of looking at a simple basic that most folks already had. Not only were the techniques fun to train but the bigger lesson showed everyone that even the most simple basic can be so much more, if only one has the eyes to see it.

The next few days were full of training as the schedule went from 9am-9pm each day, followed of course with lots of stories and laughs in “Cabin 8” (the official name of SR Nationals post-training social gathering). We were incredibly fortunate to have both Sensei Pete Campbell from BSU Judo and Tuhon Ray Dionaldo from Filipino Combat Systems as our guest instructors. Sensei Campbell’s flavor of throws incorporate great motion, we were fortunate to have him teach daily. It was interesting to see how some of the techniques fit right into self-defense scenarios. Tuhon Ray taught some great sessions on defending against both knife and stick, as well as some knife and stick templates that really help in finding the flow of those weapons. He even showed many techniques using a traditional scarf-like piece of cloth called a sarong. If you were fortunate enough to feel Tuhon Ray put a choke on you with his sarong you saw just how quickly it could be lights out!

Along with all the great information and training we got from our guest instructors we trained lots of SR core. Sensei Bair and I both had the opportunity to teach groups in Ne Waza and Kata. With Sensei Coniaris we trained some dynamic self-defense scenarios against multiple attackers that really got the mind and body moving quickly. Sensei also gave some very informative presentations: The first day on the Glycemic Index/Glycemic load and diet, the second day on the benefits of cross-training. Soucy Sensei taught very helpful sessions on how to use the body’s anatomy and internal mechanics to make virtually every area of our art stronger.

After a great weekend of training we got to enjoy many demonstrations as is tradition at SR Nationals. Many folks took the opportunity to get up in front of the group to demonstrate some new or elevated skill they have picked up during the weekend. I considered one of the highlights to the demo by our own Jim Bongiovanni who got up and flawlessly executed several knife disarms.

Finally with the training behind us for another year we gathered at a nice restaurant in downtown Wilmington for a closing banquet that in my opinion may have had the best post-Nationals banquet dinner yet. We enjoyed the great food and each other’s company as we wound down from the weekend and discussed our plans to do it again next year. In the mean time I will be riding that wave of inspiration that always drives me after attending Nationals. It was announced that next year’s Nationals will be in Minneapolis, MN. And don’t hesitate; start preparing now because Nationals in 2014 is going to be held in JAPAN!

Shoshin Ryu Seminar March 2012

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We are happy to announce that we will be offering a seminar on March 24-25 by Sensei Brian Combo. We are also very fortunate to have Sensei Stephen Coniaris at the dojo that same weekend.

ADULTS: The seminar will take place that Saturday and Sunday from 9am-1pm, then break for 2 hour lunch, and then back to training from 3pm-7pm. At that point we will finish up and meet somewhere for dinner each night. That’s 16 hours of training over the weekend! Cost for the seminar will be $100 for both days or $50 for one day. All aspects of the art will be touched on over the coarse of the weekend. It is such a great opportunity to have these guys here that we recommend committing as much time as you can to training that weekend.

KIDS: We will be having a special class Saturday morning that is open to ALL students in the kids class and is FREE to attend. The class will be from 9am-10am on Saturday morning (had to schedule a bit early in the day to leave time for the rest of the seminar). Again this is a FREE class that is open to all students in the kids class. We encourage all who can make it to attend.

Sensei Combo has an infectious personality and it should be a great time for all with lots of laughs and great training.
Combo Sensei is Senior Most Student (SMS) and a founding member of Shoshin Ryu. This means that he is the head of or president of our organization. Shoshin Ryu does not use terms like “Master”. No one person can know it all and we can all continue to learn and be students our whole lives. Hence the title SMS. Combo Sensei has an extensive background in Martial Arts and has a knack for elevating student’s level of training/understanding as well as keeping classes fun and exciting.

Coniaris Sensei is also a founding member of Shoshin Ryu and a very high level martial artist and teacher. He is currently an ER doctor who before deciding to attend medical school was a National level swim coach. He has a strong skill for teaching and bringing out the best in those he teaches.

We are very excited for this event and hope that you can make it! If you have any questions please feel free to email, call, or hit us up at the dojo.

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