Buckner-Sensei’s Saturday Class in Review – February 2014

Today’s class was fast-paced and exciting!

Buckner-Sensei covered the omote (front side) attack techniques known as irimi.

Irimi means “entering/putting in the body”, and is the act of entering straight into a technique (as opposed to an indirect entrance, know as tenkan.) When properly performed, irimi allows the defender to enter into and blend with an attack, uniting the movement of the attacker and defender, and leaving the opponent without a target to strike.

So, in what situation does one use irimi techniques?

When faced with multiple opponents. By keeping the techniques omote, one never exposes their back to a potential attacker, and also throws the first attacker into the path of the second – a two-fold defense!


Buckner-Sensei’s next class will be Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 9:30 AM.


Why children should practice Martial Arts

More than 6 million children in the United States participate in martial arts. Martial arts are known to improve social skills, discipline, and respect in children. Children can also improve their abilities to concentrate and focus on activities, as well as bettering their motor skills and self-confidence. Martial arts can be fun and beneficial at any age.

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Skills like empathy, responsibility, and self-discipline are not innate, they need to be taught.

For children whose brains are still maturing, it can be hard to learn and develop these behaviors, so they come with practice and age. Martial art is a useful way to train children in how to have self-discipline, as well as many other behavioral skills that will serve them well in life.
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Something to think about…

Something to think about…

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

Awards Night Gala this Saturday (1/4/14)!

Awards Night Gala this Saturday (1/4/14)!

Join The Cultural School this Saturday, January 4th 2014 at 4 P.M. for our Awards Night Gala and Potluck Dinner Party! We will begin our evening with set-up and demonstrations, followed by a potluck dinner. Volunteers, please RSVP to confirm via email to otaztoy (at) yahoo.com that you are bringing your potluck dish or call Miye at (805) 967-3103!

We hope to see you all there!