Thursday, March 23, 2006

A blast from the past.

How many of you remember me from my punk rock days???? This is my daughter's mom, Anna and I back in another time and place at least 20 years ago.

Copy and paste to hear what it sounded like:

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Oyama Stop Sign Hands

The Urbanism for this Kamae = posture, in the Kata Urban KuruRunFa is Oyama "Stop sign" Hands. It is performed on the first turn to the rear of the embusen = the performance line. It is inhouse jargon and practical application / the meaning of the motions, that will be addressed at the NYC Seminar.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

My NYC Seminar's Date and Time

Osu! During a conversation with my dear friend and KaraTe Older Brother, Hanshi Wilfredo Roldan "Inheritor and Grand Master of Nisei GoJu," we came up with the definate date and time of my Empi Ha and Urban Kururunfa bunkai seminar, which will be held on NYC's Lower East Side of Manhattan, at Nisei GoJu, HQ dojo = Hanshi Roldan's dojo

130 East 7th street
(7th street corner Avenue A)
2 flights up
New York City

web site:

The date is: Saturday, April 29th.
The time is: From 12 Noon till 2 pm.

The participant fee is: $35.00 US. Bring your gi. This will be a proper dojo class.
All participants will receive a participation certificate.

Spectator fee is: $5.00 US.
There will be an additional $5.00 fee to video tape.

There will be no sparring at this seminar.

Do your fighting on the next day, Sunday April 30th, at The Urban Legacy Cup Tournament up in Harlem. See the flyer for Sunday's tournament:

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

We interrupt this blog flow, to inform you that we lost another one.

Regretfully, I must once again inform my readers of the demise of one of our people. I spoke with Sempai, John Libutti this evening, seen here as a green belt breaking a board about 18 years ago, after he had lost a leg and paralyzed an arm in a motorcycle accident, back in the day when my dojo was more of a gangster hang out than a legitimate school of self improvement,and he informed me that our own Roberto Tapia, pictured here in back ground to John's right, has passed away. I am not meaning this as a slur against Roberto, but the truth need be told. Roberto Tapia, my student and friend, got into HEROIN and died of an over dose. I am saddened that this happened, but I will use this example to cry out to those of you who are still sewing your wild oats. TAKE THIS AS A LESSON LEARNED FROM ROBERTO!
In these two pics are some very colorful individuals who mostly changed their lives around later, but we all remember the days, and unfortunately, we all have only a memory of our dear friend Roberto Tapia. Osu! Mi amigo, Via con Dios!