Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate-do Club
News and Events!
Date: Saturday & Sunday -October 14th & 15th, 2023
Place: Magic Island, Honolulu Hawaii
Time 7:00 am to 12:00 noon
Sharing the Love of Karate in the Spirit of Aloha – Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Gasshuku: Traditional Intensive Training!
An open invitation to all friends of The Honolulu Uechi-ryu Karate-do Club! Join us for a two-day informal, but intensive, training session at Magic Island in Honolulu Hawaii!
There is a special kind of training event that typically lasts for a few days, the Japanese Budo tradition of the Gasshuku.
Gasshuku, meaning “lodging together”, immerses keen students in a lifestyle of coming together, and training for several hours each day. Quite often, it is remote places, some students may lodge together and depending on the facilities, Gasshuku participants may even share the duties of meal preparation.
While workshops and seminars are geared towards the instruction of new material, Gasshuku serve as an extension of regular class curriculum; the special difference being, however, that it is outside the common atmosphere and familiarity of the students’ home training hall.
As much of the Gasshuku is conducted out-of-doors, the diversity of training methods and activities is quite broad, and the senior organizers have the responsibility of arranging creative training exercises and activities to challenge the participants based on the surrounding environment of the Gasshuku; for instance, performing kata shin-deep on the beach as the surf comes in. Additionally, certain themes, ongoing challenges, and rules can be observed that add creativity and fun to Gasshuku training.
What especially distinguishes this tradition of Budo practice is the element of cohabitating with fellow students, socialization during meals and after training hours, and the bonds practitioners form throughout the experience. Gasshuku is not just a part of the student’s day, but a lifestyle gear-change, and important part of their mosaic of Budo training.
Please consider joining us at Magic Island in Honolulu Hawaii in January 2021 for the Honolulu Uechi-ryu Gasshuku.
Intensive training, knowledge sharing, challenging seminars, beach potluck barbecues and sunset kanikapila (Hawaiian for musical jam sessions/sing-a-longs). And of course, the usual tourist activities of beautiful Hawaii also make this an idyllic vacation .
Anyone wishing to attend from out of state will need to arrange their own transportation and accommodations.
Contact Al by email at email@example.com for any information and to RSVP.
A schedule of training segments for the two day period will be posted as time gets closer. Check for updates frequently. Aloooohaaa!
Check back regularly for some exciting news in the works. Confirmed presenters will be added as we get more information. This promises to be an awesome event!
The Honolulu Uechi-ryu Gasshuku 2023
Henry Thom's Visit to Honolulu October - November 2021
We are looking forward to the visit of our Grandmaster, Henry Thom-sensie! This will a special visit as he will be coming to visit after recovering from a very serious health scare. We are so happy that he is pulling throught it and is well on his way to health! Henry-sensie's visit will coincide with the 2023 Honoulu Uechi Ryu Gasshuku! In honor of Henry's visit, we will dedicate one presentation, lead by his student Al Cloutier (and overseen by Henrey-sensei) exploring a theme popularized by Henry called "Thinking Outside the Box - an Non-Traditional Approach to Uechi-ryu Bunkai"
Intruducing Presenter: Jose G Paman
Jose G. Paman (Joey) studied Ngo Cho Five Ancestor kung-fu (a sister art to Uechi-ryu from Fujian, China) in Manila's Chinatown in the early 1970s. Paman has taught Filipino, Chinese and Japanese martial arts since 1983, and is the author of martial arts books including Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu - Joey will teach two one hour long seminars (one on each day)
Seminar - Five Ancestor Kung-Fu
A one-hour presentaion on the vital techniques and core principles of Ngo Cho (Five Ancestor kung-fu, a sister art to Uechi-ryu from Fukien, China). Ngo Cho features primarily close-quarter techniques and incorporates an iron body training regimen
Jose G. Paman Paman studied kung-fu under Master Co Chi Po and Master Dee Se Giok in Manila's Chinatown in the early 1970s. Paman has taught the martial arts since 1983, and is the author of martial arts books including Ngo Cho: Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung-Fu
Seminar - Kombatan Arnis
A one-hour long presentaion on the fundamental postures, footwork, defenses and counterattacks of the Filipino martial art of Kombatan Arnis. Sticks are utilized in the instruction, with many movements translating to bladed and empty-hand applications
Jose G. Paman is a first-generation student of Kombatan Arnis founder Ernesto A. Presas. Paman has taught the martial arts since 1983, and is the author of several books including Arnis Self-Defense: Stick, Blade and Empty-Hand Combat Techniques of the Philippines
And more to come: Anyone wishing to voluteer as a presenter for the 2023 Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Gasshuku should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 808-221-6873. As this is a completely free event, presenters will be volunteering their talents freely. Each presenter will receive a free event T-shirt, and a gift bag as a small token of our esteem, along with an invitation to our presenters dinner on Friday night! All accepted presenters are guaranteed to have a full hour training slot (or more) in which to present their material. All attendees will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging. The month of October tends to be the least expensivbe time to visit Hawaii, the weather tends to be perfect, abd it is much less crowded with tourists during this time.