Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kenjutsu Seminar at Yoshukai Karate Dothan

You are invited to our first Bokken Week-end at the Yoshukai Karate Dojo in Dothan, AL on April 28, 29, 30. (Last week end of this month). During this seminar we will practice Kenjutsu and Jojutsu with partners and only use wooden weapons.

Kenjutsu Jojutsu Bokken seminar in Dothan last week end of April
Crossed Bokken ready to attack, or separate...

Some people like to brag about being “naturals” at sword. I'm sure you've heard this before.... This is to say the least unfortunate. There is nothing natural about sword or stick fighting. It takes proper instruction, time and effort. Just as being an expert in Karate Kata or Heavy Breaking does not make you a fighter, practicing beautiful Iaido or Tameshigiri does not make you a swordsman. 

Kenjutsu Jojutsu seminar at Yoshukai Karate Dothan April 2017
Shimabukuro Hanshi pressures Robin Ramirez

Short of actual fighting, paired practice is the best way to improve your distance and timing. It is also much safer... This is what we'll practice this week-end and will have fun doing it.

Programme : 
Instructor : Frederic Lecut, 3rd Dan MJER, 5th Dan Yoshukai Karate.

Schedule :
Friday, April 28:  6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 29 : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with one hour lunch break
Sunday, April 30 : 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location : World Yoshukai Karate Dojo : 1791 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36301

Cost : 1 Session $10.00, full week-end : $ 20.00

Practice Kenjutsu - Bokken Weekend at Yoshukai Karate Dojo, Dothan, Alabama
Shimabukuro Hanshi & Carl Long Hanshi

Contact : Frederic Lecut : (334) 798 1639,

Friday, March 24, 2017

3 Yoshukai Kata

Here are the official counts for Yoshukai Karate Mugen, Sanchiryu and Kusanku kata, demonstrated on March 18, 2017 at a Yoshukai Karate Instructors seminar in Dothan, AL.

 Mugen - open hand, by Mr Tony Adams

Sanchiryu by Mr Dennis Trawick

Kusanku by Mr Josh McCullars


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


When people speak and argue for hours it is often because they do not have a clear and common understanding of what they are talking about.

This at times happens in Buddhism. (Believe me, I was there...)

Clear definitions allow everybody to  be on the same page when discussing or reading about an issue.

Tibetan Buddhism defines mind as what distinguishes sentient beings from rocks or trees or bodies of water. Mind is that which grasps - or rejects - something external. It is characterized by a discriminating awareness or a sense of duality.

 "What is the mind? It is a phenomenon that is not body, not substantial, has no form, no shape, no color, but, like a mirror, can clearly reflect objects."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Sunday, February 12, 2017

RIP Katsuoh Yamamoto, 1938 - 2017

It is with much sadness that we share the  information  that Soke Katsuoh Yamamoto, founder of Yoshukai Karate passed away on February 12, 2017 in Japan.  Born on July 10, 1938, Soke was 78 years old. His long and courageous battle with cancer finally came to a peaceful end.

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One of the last masters who learned from the pioneers who brought Karate from Okinawa to mainland Japan, Soke Yamamoto acquired and honed his skills under Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder of Chito Ryu Karate, before founding Yoshukai Karate in 1963. 

He touched many lives and inspired many people with his bravery and strength of mind, keeping with this legacy through his last and most difficult battle against cancer. We will now carry on his legacy with pride, not forgetting the many teachings and lessons we all gained from him.  

Over the course of the last 23 years I had the honor to meet and train under him many times. I will miss his courage, integrity and kindness.  


Sunday, January 22, 2017


The least amount of leaning or twisting our torso tremendously decreases our stability. Keeping vertical and straight is extremely important no matter what we are doing, meditating, walking or fighting (from a standing position).

A common advice given to help us keep this proper posture is to imagine a golden thread glued to the crown of our head is pulling it upward.

Now it is a beautiful image, but it is not easy for everyone to imagine this kind of things. 

Last November, my Sword Master Carl Long Hanshi told us to make sure to always see our belly or chest in our peripheral vision when looking horizontally. 

I like this much better than the Golden Thread way, and it also works for Martial Arts as well as for Meditation. It is easier for most of us to see things than to imagine them. 

Positive secondary effect : Deeper breathing.

Additionally, while this should be part of our formal Zendo and Dojo practice, it can and therefore should also be practiced in everyday's life. 

This is primordial.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


There is a subtle but important difference between being aware of a thought and thinking it.

When you are just aware of a thought it is not fully born, it is not there yet, and if you play it well, you don't have to let it take over !

Once a thought becomes fully conscious, it is much more present and becomes commending and compulsive. It will suck you in and grab control of your consciousness. 

In terms of dependent origination, your ego is born.

This difference is better experienced than said. But I will try 1 simile.

Imagine you are on a board surfing the crest of a wave. As long as you stay balanced on your board, you are simply aware of the strength of the wave. The wave and you are one.

But if you dont pay attention and fall off your board, all of a sudden you feel the strength of the ocean. 

Training is necessary to acquire the ability to be aware of thoughts without being taken over by them.

This applies, of course, to Zazen. Be aware of thoughts, emotions or other mental activities before they become powerful enough to drag you in, you can keep surfing the crest of the wave. 

Try it...

Dharma gates are boundless, I wow to enter them...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cross Training

Practice is not just about improving skill in one discipline.

Martial Arts, Zen and Mosaics are the 3 legs of the chair I sit on. If you remove one leg, the 2 remaining legs won't stabilize your ass. If you make one leg stronger, it increases the stability of the whole chair.

That's what Cross Training is about...

Don't get stuck anywhere,  learn in one place to be more efficient somewhere else, Dharma gates are boundless, enter them !