Aloha Breakfast

Members of the dojo recently supported the Sansei Yonsei Athletic Association (SYAA) Basketball Clinic’s Annual Aloha Breakfast fundraiser! A Hawaii-style breakfast of Portuguese Sausage, Eggs, Rice, Spam, Sunomono, and Aloha Spirit were served on Saturday, May 13, from 9am-1pm.

Proceeds from the breakfast went toward gym upkeep and keeping the basketball clinic free for its youth participants, ages 4 thru 18. More about SYAA can be found here:

http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2017/2/15/chicago-athletic-association/

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Some of the many dojo members and their families who stopped through to support!

Horacio Higa of Argentina

83-year old Nisei Okinawan Argentinian Horacio Higa sensei, WMKA 7th Dan, featured on Buenos Aires television.

Higa sensei, born in Buenos Aires in 1933, is a student of Shigehide Akamine sensei and operates the Ken Zen Dojo in San Isidro.

Higa sensei states that he has been practicing karate for 45-years, which would put his start at 38-years of age. It’s never too late to start something new!

Yondan Promotion

On March 15, 2017, Ravenswood Dojo instructor Erik Matsunaga received a promotion to WMKA 4-dan from his teacher, Art Ishii-sensei (WMKA 6-dan, Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, CA).

Having begun his budo journey in another style of karate as a teen in 1989, in 1998 Erik relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles for work. Shortly thereafter, through a mutual friend he was introduced to Ishii-sensei and since that time has dedicated himself to the practice of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu.

The certificate is co-signed by Ishii-sensei and Yoshitaka Taira-sensei, current president of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karatedo Association.

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Little Tokyo Dojo 2017 New Years Party

Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo instructor Erik Matsunaga recently traveled to Los Angeles to attend his home dojo’s annual New Years party. With 100+ attendees filtering in throughout the evening, this potluck gathering is a celebration of friends, family, and community.

Since there are often first-time visitors (family members, friends, friends of friends, etc.) who may not be familiar with karate, the dojo puts on a little demonstration as part of the evening’s activities. In addition to karate, there was also a demonstration of classical Japanese dance, taiko drumming, karaoke, as well as live jazz music.