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"Karate training may extend over one's entire life.... Many people train furiously in Karate initially but loose their enthusiasm even before the end of the first year.  Clearly, very little good can be gained from such sporadic training...train systematically, without becoming impatient or overexerting yourself, and develop gradually, advancing steadily, one step at a time..."

Master Funkoshi, advice on training from the Master text.

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News:  Updated 3/30/14  


Congratulations to Ron Brown. 

Ron has been a dedicated student of Havasu Karate for 8 years.  On Saturday March 15 Mr. Brown successfully completed testing (over 10 hours of testing) and earned the rank of Sho-dan, 1st Black Belt.

Happy 89th Birhtday Sensei Jim Tatosky  
Feb 10, 2014.

 Follow this link to a short video of Sensei Jim being presented with a citation form the city of Somerville.


Check out the recently added photo of Sensei Sriamporn Surridge owner and operator of the White Mountain Shotokan Karate Dojo in Lancaster NH.  Sensei Surridge a, native of Tia Land, was recently promoted to Haci Dan by sensei Tatosky.  Sensei Surridge now a student of Sensei Tatosky’s  studied under one of Sensei Tatosky’s original students Sensei Mike Purcell now residing and teaching in Gillette Wyoming.  Sensei Surridge is a top fighter and kata instructor, well known in the Maine, NH, and VT area.




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 Please take a minute and visit the Kissaki-kai site http://www.kissakikarate.com/

The recent seminar with Sensei Vince in Phoenix AZ was a fantastic success.  Thank you to MR Rod Elliot for arranging and holding the seminar.

    Learn Kissaki by downloading the Master Classes: http://www.kissakikai.com



ASKA Sate Tournaments and info -  

Open Tournaments  - .  For info call 623- 556-0924  OR 928-684-2099


USKA Tournaments and info.
United States Karate Aliance 505 872 1091


My good friend Billy Moody has a great Martial Arts Video Rental Site “Goldstar Video”.  Just follow this link:



Check out my good friend John Peterson for the best in sensible lifelong health and fitness.  Pushing Yourself to Power, GUTS, and the Isometric Power Revolution.  If you stop by please say “hi” from Havasu Karate.

 Toll Free: 866.724.8200




My friend Greg Newton has a great fitness forum and blog, LionQuest Fitness, check it out:



For some great products, health newsletter and healthy links Check out my friend Dennis Rowley CPT, CN and his site here:



“In health and fitness – More power To Ya”


Havasu Karate really likes Alain Burrese, his blog, his books, and DVD's.

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 For great prices and service on martial arts supplies go to Sakura 



 Master Funakoshi devised and taught the 20 precepts of karate (Niju Kun). Sensei Funakoshi envisioned karate as being more than just self-defense, an art, or physical training, but a way of life.  Here's number 11;

Karate is like boiling water. If you don't heat it constantly, it will cool.


National Center for Victims of Crimes

  • In 2001, 248,000 people were raped/sexually assaulted in the USA.
  • Only 39% were reported to law enforcement in 2001.
  • In 2001, 91% of victims were female.
  • All victims of completed rapes are considered injured. 38% of rape victims sustained additional injury.
  • Approximately 2% of female murder victims were raped prior to being killed.
  • 90,491 reports of forcible rape, 44.3% cleared.


Being Aware - the 4 Basic Zones (states) of Awareness  

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Think of awareness as having 4 distinct Zones, from total unawareness to total involvement. We label them the White Zone, Yellow Zone, Orange Zone, and the Red Zone.

When you are in the White Zone you are a prime victim. Unaware of the potential dangers that surrounds you, purse-snatchers, stalkers, drunks, and gang members. 

Most people are in the White Zone most of the time. When you see a person jogging down the street listening to music on a Walkman, texting or on the cell phone while walking down the street or through the parking lot, they’re in the White Zone unaware of the possible dangers around them. This is not a safe practice.

When you are in the Yellow Zone you start to notice some of the potential, self defense and safety, dangers around you. When you are in this Zone you do things like, look both ways before crossing the street, check the back seat before getting in your car, take note of the transient at the ally opening.  This is very much like being a defensive driver, look ahead for the dangers that may be down the road.

When you are in the Orange Zone you’ve noticed that the potential for danger is high. Perhaps the transient you saw down the street is now staggering in your direction, you notice the car door or house door you thought you locked is now unlocked. If you were in the White Zone you would not have noticed these things, a stranger coming in your direction, a broken window, things that seem to have been moved that should not have been. Now is the time for action, the action of avoidance. Move, cross the street, don’t enter a place you’re not sure of, don’t walk to your car in that poorly lit parking lot because there seems to be someone hanging close to your car, go back into the store and ask management for an escort to your car, stay in a well lit and populated area and call for help on your cell phone, don’t allow this to progress to the Red Zone.  Is a person’s behavior or tone of voice making you uncomfortable?  This is an Orange Zone situation also.  If you have that “I’m not comfortable feeling, listen to that feeling.  You may be able to end the situation here using some verbal self defense or you may have to leave the location.

When you are in the Red Zone you are in the thick of it. The situation requires you to act, side step, pull back, block, kick, yell, call for help or strike. Had you been in the White Zone you may be so startled that you cannot react correctly. But if you started in the Yellow Zone, aware of your surroundings, you would have naturally progressed to the Orange Zone when the potential danger increased. Thus you would be much better prepared when you entered the Red Zone. By being in the Yellow Zone you should be able to act when you sense potential danger and avoid the Orange and Red Zones altogether. Trust that inner voice. If you feel something is wrong do not ignore that feeling.

There’s actually a 5th Zone, the Black Zone. The Black Zone is a progression of the Red Zone when you are in the thick of it actively defending yourself and things are not going well. We won’t spend any time on this Zone except to say that being aware of your surroundings in the yellow and Orange Zones are the best way to prevent yourself from entering the Red and Black Zones.  Best block – don’t be there.



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"Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price." -Sun Tzu


"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." -Chinese Proverb


"A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others." Confucius


A Man Of Tao

 Whenever Gichin Funakoshi's name is mentioned, it brings to mind the parable of "A Man of Tao and a Little Man." As it is told, a student once asked, "What is the difference between a man of Tao and a little man?" The master replies, "It is simple: When the little man receives his first dan (degree), he can hardly wait to run home and tell everyone he made his first dan. Upon receiving his second dan, he will climb to the roof and shout to the people. Upon receiving his third dan, he will jump in his automobile and parade through town with its horn blowing, telling everyone about it."

The sensei continues: "When the man of Tao receives his first dan, he will bow his head in gratitude. Upon receiving his second dan, he will bow his head and his shoulders. Upon receiving his third dan, he will bow at the waist and quietly walk alongside the wall so people will not see him or notice him."



 Bowing is very important in Karate.  As a Karate-ka (student of karate) formalities like bowing are a sign of respect towards others, and is a reflection of how you respect your discipline and instructor.  The standing bow like a handshake should not be too stiff or too relaxed.  Bowing should project humility but not subservience, respect but not arrogance.


 “The art of karate that we can now acquire openly was once taught only to the most trusted student in secret places seen only by the creatures of the night.”  Eihachi Ota


 The correct understanding of Karate and its proper use is Karate-do. One who truly trains in this do [way] and actually understands Karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight.


To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.   Gichin Funakoshi


"To practice kata is not to memorize an order. You must find the kata that work for you, understand them, digest them and stick with them for life."
- Gichin Funakoshi


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow!! What a ride!" unknown

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