12-11-14 First Dentokan grading in Russia, see link: First Dentokan Grading in Russia.docx

11-23-14 Please excuse the dated material on our website. We are in the process of exploring completely new website options. We are in hopes of redoing the website in early 2015.

11-16-14 Below is a report from Lytton Zulu, the Dentokan National President in Zambia:


Dear All,

A seminar was held starting from the 3rd of November and finishing on the 7th November at Judo Hall in Lusaka. The emphasis was on the nuances of Nakamoto Goju Ryu which is a style that is the closest to the one practiced by the founder of the Goju Ryu system. Although it was pegged at a low key (under closed doors with no spectators) due to the period of national mourning in honor of the late Zambian President, the seminar was well attended with numbers of students ranging from seventeen to twenty per day. The knowledge imparted had substance both in terms of breadth and depth. In view of the objective of Hobbs Sensei (to impart as much as possible), the number of attendants was ideal in the he was able to attend to each and every participant on a personal basis.

Results of Tests

Tests in Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu (also known as Kyan Ha Shorin Ryu and/or Chubu Shorin Ryu) and Nakamoto Ha Goju Ryu were conducted. The Goju practitioners were all put under continuous assessment throughout the period of the seminar. Bonar Noble Sensei was promoted to the rank of Kudan (9th Dan) in Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu and accorded the Shogo title of Hanshi in Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu. Raymond Mbazima was promoted to the rank of Hachidan in Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu and accorded the Shogo title of Hanshi in Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu.

The full test results are tabulated below:

Goju Ryu Grading Results
Name Rank
1 Raymond Mbazima Rokudan (6th Dan)
2 Lytton Zulu Godan (5th Dan)
3 Dauglas Chivandire Godan (5th Dan)
4 John Phiri Sandan (3rd Dan)
5 Zacky Zimba Nidan (2nd Dan)
6 Ezekiel Mangaba Nidan (2nd Dan)
7 Passmore Mukando Nidan (2nd Dan)
8 Nathan DeAssis Nidan (2nd Dan)
9 Innocent Gaini Shodan (1st Dan)
10 Kennedy Mukuka Shodan (1st Dan)
11 Russell Harawa Shodan (1st Dan)
12 Joseph Mumba Shodan (1st Dan)
13 Evaristo Kabuku Shodan (1st Dan)
14 Teddy Mzumara Shodan (1st Dan)

Shorin Ryu Grading Results
Name Rank
1 Dauglas Chivandire Rokudan (6th Dan)
2 Innocent Gaini Sandan (3rd Dan)
3 Passmore Mukando Nidan (2nd Dan)
4 Joseph Mumba Shodan (1st Dan)

2015 Program

The targeted contents for next year were proposed and agreed as follows:

           Proposed Program Comment
Day 1 Sukunai Hayashi Shorin Ryu revision Some nuances came out during the tests that are at variance with what is taught under this system. Sensei has advised we work to standardize as per taught syllabus.
Day 2 Nakamoto Ha Goju Ryu revision There is need to continue practicing as taught by Sensei
Day 3 Study of Okinawa Kobujutsu In view of the size of the syllabus, Hobbs Sensei has strongly advised that we start preparing with immediate effect
Day 4 Study of Okinawa Kobujutsu As in day 3 above
Day 5 Introduction to the study of Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo New sets of kata will be taught

We wish to thank Hobbs Sensei for his attention to detail and great patience. Those who attended truly benefited a lot.

Kind regards,

Lytton Zulu
National President, Dentokan Zambia

10-15-14 Hobbs Sensei has been appointed the USA Shibucho for the Dai Nippon Toyama Ryu Iaido Kyokai. The appointment was made by Atushi Shimojo, Kaicho following Hobbs Sensei's September visit to Japan. During that time in Japan; Hobbs Sensei, Neil Malpas, Phil Baldwin, Tony Aloe, and Raymond Mbazima completed an intense week-long instructor's course in Morinaga Ha Toyama Ryu Iaido Kyokai. Furthermore, the practice of Iaido within the Dentokan now follows the teachings of Shimojo Sensei.

02-12-14 Hobbs Sensei will be teaching a Morinaga Ha Toyama Ryu Iaido (sword) seminar at Kurt Ecker's Martial Arts Training Academy, 6166 Morganford Street, St Louis, MO 63116. The seminar will cover the Morinaga Ha Toyama-Ryu Iaido syllabus as taught within the Zen Nippon Toyama-Ryu Iaido Kyokai in Japan. The fee will be $50 for 2 days or $30 for one. It should turn out to be both fun and very educational for both beginners and the more experienced. Dates are Saturday, March 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Sunday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please call Ecker Sensei for more info if interested: 314-757-0214

01-28-14 Our latest Japan adventure is coming to an end. We trained with many of Japan's best swordsmen thanks to Ishikawa Sensei. The Zen Nippon Toyama Ryu Iaido Kyokai now has branches firmly established in the USA and the UK. Specifics are as follows:

USA Branch: Rudy Crosswell, Shibucho and Roy Hobbs, Fuku Shibucho

UK Branch: Chris Spencer-Hicks, Shibucho and Neil Malpas, Fuku Shibucho

Morinaga Ha Toyama Ryu Iaido promotions were awarded as follows:

Rudy Crosswell, Rokudan
Roy Hobbs, Godan
Chris Spencer-Hicks, Yondan
Neil Malpas, Yondan
Dawn Crosswell, Sandan

We must now train hard!

01-03-14 Happy New Year! 2014 will be a year of transition for part of our Dentokan Iaijutsu syllabus. Currently our Dentokan Iaijutsu includes three main components: Nakamura Ha Toyama-Ryu Kata (The Army Set), Dai Nippon Batto Ho Kata (The Navy Set), and the Kenjutsu Paired Sets. The transition will apply only to the Toyama-Ryu Kata. Specifically we will transition from Nakamura Ha Toyama-Ryu to Morinaga Ha Toyama-Ryu. We suggest those interested go to our "History" page and read the article entitled "The Practice of Iaijutsu Within the Dentokan".

We will be updating our "Links" page. So, if anyone wants a website included on the "Links" page, please send a message to Hobbs Sensei within the next two weeks. Thank you….

11-21-13 We are very pleased to announce that Hobbs Sensei is now a member of the Goju-Ryu Okinawa-Kan Karate-Do Kyokai and the Ryuku Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai. As such the Dentokan Hombu Dojo serves as the Illinois Branch (So Hombu) Dojo for the same two organizations, which are based out of Okinawa.

A special certificate (menjo) was issued to Hobbs Sensei to certify the relationship. The menjo was signed and awarded by Kiichi Nakamoto Hanshi. A translation, provided by Masanori Zaha Kyoshi, appears below:

第壱号 No.1
認定書 Certification
会長 ロイ ボブズ President Roy Hobbs
右の者は当協会の規定により頭書の通り允許する By convention of the Association I want to allow member.
23年10月28日 October 28, '23
剛柔流沖縄館空手道協会本部 The GOJURYU OKINAWA-KAN KARATE-DO Kyokai
琉球伝統古武術保存武道協会宗家 The Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai Soke
会長 仲本 喜一 President Kiichi Nakamoto

This now gives Dentokan members the opportunity to learn Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate and Uhuchiku Kobujutsu as it is taught at the Okinawa-Kan, Okinawa, Japan.

11-20-13 From Hobbs Sensei: I have been a bit negligent in updating the news page as of late. Mainly due to being out-of-country for an extended period of time, and then having to catch up on a loads of things once I did return. So here are some significant updates:

- The second weekend in November I was at Matt Ubertini's dojo in Queens, New York City. Visiting Ubertini Sensei's dojo is always great fun. We spent the first day training in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, and the second day was spent training in Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu. I was very ably assisted by Erik Johnstone and Matt Ubertini throughout the weekend. I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Seoan Henderson and his lovely wife Christon. Seoan and Christon are now a part of the Dentokan Family, and operate a dojo located in Ashland, PA. Lastly, I also had the pleasure of meeting a long time Budoka named Tony Aloe. Tony and I are both members of the Nippon Seibukan Academy - All Japan Budo Federation. It was a very rewarding weekend.

- After teaching in Zambia I traveled to Nairobi Kenya in late October where I taught for a full week. We had sessions on Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Okinawa Kobujutsu, and Detokan Iaijutsu. It was a great visit thanks to Antony Harvey's organization, and Sally Crafter's sponsorship and hospitality. I look forward to seeing all my Kenyan friends again in the not too distant future.

11-7-13 There are two corrections to the 10-21-13 entry. First, Abdallah's last name was misspelled. It should be "Syadombozya". Second, Kennedy Mukuka was promoted to Nidan in Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do.

10-21-13 From Hobbs Sensei: I've been teaching in Zambia for the past two weeks. This year we focused on Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, and to a lesser extent, Okinawa Kobujutsu. While in Lusaka we also managed to conduct a Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do testing for those yudansha who were eligible. The results of the testing was a follows:

Zacky Zimba to Godan
Nathan De Assis to Yondan
John Phiri to Yondan
Abdallah Syandombozya To Yondan
Innocent Mwiinga to Sandan
Phyela Mtika to Nidan
X-Mass Siankomo to Shodan
Calistus Sitwala to Shodan
Everisto Mupemo to Shodan

I also want to thank Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe and his lovely wife Dudu for so graciously allowing me into their home. Their hospitality was superb. A thanks also to Raymond Mbazima and Lytton Zulu for organizing the course, and expertly managing all the associated details.

10-1-13 From Hobbs Sensei: September was a very productive month for the Dentokan. We took an international team to the annual Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei (SoBuRen) Budosai. The team consisted of me, Dr. Michael Nemeth (USA), Raymond Mbazima (Zambia), Neil Malpas (UK), and Ales Primcic (Slovenia). Our embu (demonstration) went very well. This year we tried to give better insight into the broad range of arts practiced in the Dentokan. Thus, we demonstrated Shorin-Ryu Karate, Okinawa Kobujutsu, and Aiki Jujutsu. In the past our demonstrations centered around Goju-Ryu Karate. In addition to the Budosai, we again trained at the Nippon Seibukan Academy's Hombu Dojo in Kyoto. Kawano Sensei continues in high spirits and good health.

While in Kyoto I also spoke with Takashi Ishikawa, Hanshi, President of the Zen Nippon Toyama-Ryu Iaido Kyokai. As a result, I am very happy to report that Ishikawa Sensei has accepted me as a personal student. I will be traveling to Kyoto in January of next year to train with Ishikawa Sensei. Ishikawa Sensei was a student of Hiromichi Morinaga, who in turn was a student of Hakudo Nakayama.

After visiting, training, and demonstrating in Kyoto our team traveled down to Okinawa. We had a remarkable full week of training at the Hombu Dojo of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Okinawakan Karate-Do Kyokai and the Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai. The President of both organizations is Kiichi Nakamoto, Hanshi. He is the last living student of Chojun Miyagi, and studied Uhuchiku/Ufuchiku Kobujutsu under Shosei Kina. Nakamoto Sensei is a wealth of knowledge, who readily shares that knowledge with others. His hospitality was fantastic. The Dentokan Hombu in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA will now serve as the Okinawakan SoHombu for Illnois.

1- Founder (seconded to Toyama Mil. Academy): Nakayama Hakudo
2- Co-founder (Toyama Mil. Academy sword instr.) Col. Morinaga Hirimichi
3- Current President/Principal Instructor (ZNTIK) Ishikawa Takashi-sensei

08-09-13 The Dentokan's Kung-Fu Advisor, Sifu Iwanto Zhang, has opened a private Kung-Fu class in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will be teaching Lou Han Quan and Southern style Kung-Fu. Anyone interested in attending Sifu Iwanto Zhang's classes, or visiting Indonesia to train with him, please contact Hobbs Sensei for full details. It is Hobbs Sensei's intention to again visit and train with Sifu Iwanto Zhang when he visits Indonesia next year (2014).

08-14-13 From Col Hobbs: I'm back from a fantastic visit to the UK and Slovenia. Wonderful training, sightseeing, and hospitality in both countries. I'm now trying to catch up after being out of the USA for approximately three weeks. A special thank you to Chris, Neil, Lloyd, and Ales.

First order of business: Last year when I was in Indonesia, I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Sifu Iwanto Zhang. He is now our Chinese Martial Arts advisor, and has written a brief history of the Chinese Martial Arts. You can read it on this website's "History" page. It's article number nine (9). Big thank you to Sifu Iwanto Zhang!

07-01-13 For all of you who have had problems loading videos and PDF files, and any other abnormal problems with the website for the last month, our hosting company finally found and resolved a network problem on their end. Everything should be back to normal again.

06-25-13 This past weekend (21-23 June 2013) I taught a course in Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu and Goshinjutsu at Robin Ramirez's Bakersfield Budokan.
We even managed to squeeze in a little Goju-Ryu Karate kata review.
The course was well attended and brought together practitioners from California, Arizona, and Texas. The course was professionally organized and the hospitality was superb. Thanks Robin!

Promotions awarded were:

Dan Keupp, Yondan (Tucson, Arizona)
Jesus Fernandez, Yondan (Bakersfield, California)
James Reilley, Sandan (Sacramento, California)
Walter Yturralde, Sandan (Tucson, Arizona)
Miguel Jurna, Nidan (Marysville, California)
Andrew Hudson, Nidan (Bakersfield, California)
Dallas Shelby, Shodan (Marysville, California)
Alexander Snook, Shodan (Sacramento, California)
Brian Nolte, Shodan (Austin, Texas)
Phillip Cortina, Shodan (Bakersfield, California)

06-08-13 The Dentokan Kobujutsu syllabus has been updated. Also, two new nunchaku kata have been added. Those being Sakagami No Nunchaku Ichi and Sakagami No Nunchaku Ni. Please see all under our "Kata" link.

06-03-13 We are pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Jones Sensei to the grade of Shichidan & Kyoshi in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. Jones Sensei was also promoted to Nidan in Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu. At the conclusion of the the recent course in Swayzee, Indiana, Tony Willis Sensei was promoted to Shodan in Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu. Congratulations to both Mike and Tony!

05-22-13 From Hobbs Sensei: I am pleased to announce that Lloyd Allum, Hanshi has been appointed the Dentokan Hombu's Chief Instructor for KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu. Additionally, Allum Sensei has been appointed the UK Representative for the Kamishinkai International, by Don Phillip, Kaicho. Congratulations Lloyd!

05-06-13 The Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do syllabus has been changed to include "Maezato No Nunchaku" at the Sandan level. The associated PDF file on the Dentokan Hombu website has been updated. There is also a video clip of this kata on the Dentokan Hombu website.

03-14-13 Kobujutsu Syllabus Update

We have made an addition to the kobujutsu syllabus. Having decided some time ago we needed a single nunchaku kata to balance the syllabus we have looked at those with a respectable lineage, and have finally decided to add two kata for the single nunchaku.

Both kata will be a requirement for 3rd Kyu to 2nd Kyu in Dentokan Kobujutsu.

They are

1. Maezato No Nunchaku - this kata is correctly attributed to Taira Shinken, who was chiefly responsible for bringing together and developing Okinawan Kobudo in the 1900's.
2. Sakagami No Nunchaku - this kata is also attributed correctly to the lineage of Taira Shinken, recorded and popularized by his student, the great Sakagami Ryusho.

Taira Shinken

Taira Shinken was born as Maezato Shinken on the tiny island of Kumejima in the village of Nakazato, in what is now Okinawa Prefecture, on June 12, 1897. Although officially recorded in the census records as Maezato Shinken, he often used the name "Taira", his mother's maiden name.
His students on the mainland were a veritable "who's who" of Karate greats, such as Sakagami, Ryusho (Shito-ryu), Hayashi, Teruo (Shito-ryu), Kuniba, Shogo (Shito-ryu) and Mabuni, Kenei (son of Shito-ryu founder Mabuni, Kenwa). In addition, in the early 1960's Taira published the first comprehensive book on Ryukyu Kobudo in Japanese entitled, "Ryukyu Kobudo Taiken" which added greatly to popularize the art on Okinawa.
He remains a legendary figure in the development and history of Okinawan Kobudo.

Sakagami Ryusho

Sakagami Ryusho was born in 1915 in Hyugo Prefecture, Kawanishi City, Japan. He began practicing Kendo around the age of ten, and in his later years began to study Iaido. He quickly became a dedicated student of Kenwa Mabuni in Osaka.

By 1955, he had firmly established the "Zen Nippon Karate-Do Itosu-Kai" headquarters for instruction in Kendo, Karate-Do, Kobudo, and Jodo. Over the next few years, he continued the study of Ryukyu Kobudo under Shinken Taira who awarded him a Shihan license in 1959, and promoted him to 8th Dan (Kobudo) in 1963. Master Sakagami's reputation became legendary throughout the martial art world. By this time, he had distinguished himself to 5th Dan in Aikido, 5th Dan in Judo, and 7th Dan in Jukendo. In 1962, he was honoured by being awarded 7th Dan Kendo, Kyoshi.
Besides serving as a director for the "Protection and Promotion of the Ancient Martial Arts of the Ryukyu Islands", he was one of the founding fathers of the "Federation of All-Japan Karate-Do Origanizations" and served as its chief technical judge. Among his disciples were Shihan Sakaaki Sakagami (Chief Instructor), Shihan Kei Tsumura (Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Canada), Shihan Seiko Suzuki (Seiko-Kai Shito-Ryu) and Shihan Fumio Demura (Shito-Ryu Genbu-Kai USA).
In 1980, Master Sakagami was awarded the 8th Dan Karate-Do, Hanshi, by FAJKO (Federation of All-Japan Karate-Do Organizations), and in 1987 was an 8th Dan Iaido, Hanshi in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai. He was also elevated to the 10th Dan Karate-Do (Grandmaster) level by Nippon Karatedo Rengokai (Japan Karate-Do, All Styles Organizations).

Maezato No Nunchaku has already been added to the the syllabus and video clip provided. Over the next few days, Sakagami No Nunchaku will also be reflected within the syllabus, and a video clip added.

01-31-13 Thanks to Bill Klym there will be another Dentokan Aiki-Jujutsu course in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The course will be held the weekend of 18-20 October 2013. Please go to the "Events" page for contact information.

01-29-13 Below is the latest revision to Sensei Hobbs' schedule for this year. It clarifies a couple of courses that are coming up in Indiana, and provides confirmed dates for events in Kyoto and Okinawa.


4-20 February 2013, Dentokan India Visit, Mumbai, India, POC: Vernon Clifford, E-Mail: karatevernonclifford@yahoo.com

12-13 April 2013, Dentokan Advanced Aiki-Jujutsu Course, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, POC: Andy Bryant, E-Mail: indybudokan@yahoo.com

27-28 April 2013, Dentokan Instructors’ Course, Stonington, Connecticut, USA, POC: Erik Johnstone, E-Mail: shindokan1@gmail.com

11-12 May 2013, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobujutsu Course (Black Belt Course, Limited number of attendees), Swayzee, Indiana, USA, POC: Mike Jones, E-Mail: cmjones@yushikan.com

2-16 July 2013, Dentokan Turkiye Visit, Alanya, Turkiye, POC: Adnan Safak Yuksel, E-Mail: safakadnan@ttmail.com

29 July – 5 August 2013, Dentokan United Kingdom Visit, Eastcote, Northamptonshire, England, POC: Neil Malpas, E-Mail: foundryuk@hotmail.com

5-10 August 2013, Dentokan Slovenia Visit, Ljubljana, Slovenia, POC: Ales Primcic, E-Mail: ales.primcic@gmail.com

16-18 August 2013, Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. (Dentokan) – International Goju-Ryu Karate-Do (IGKA) Joint Course, Swayzee, Indiana, USA, POC: Mike Jones, E-Mail: cmjones@yushikan.com

12-17 September 2013, Annual Nippon Seibukan Academy Visit & Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei / All Japan Budo Federation Budosai, Kyoto, Japan, POC: Roy J. Hobbs, E-Mail: senseihobbs@dentokanhombu.com

17-24 September 2013, Okinawa Visit (Karate & Kobujutsu Training), Okinawa, Japan, POC: Roy J. Hobbs, E-Mail: senseihobbs@dentokanhombu.com

November 2013 (Dates to be confirmed), Sensei Hobbs to accompany Kawano Kaicho on his annual visit to Hong Kong & China, POC: Roy J. Hobbs, E-Mail: senseihobbs@dentokanhombu.com

Note: All “Dentokan” courses are joint courses along with the Nippon Seibukan Academy (Kyoto, Japan) and the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei / All Japan Budo Federation (Kyoto, Japan) unless noted otherwise.

01-06-13 We are pleased to announce that Mike Jones, Shihan has been elevated from an advisory position in the Dentokan to that of Vice President. Jones Sensei's particular area of knowledge and expertise is in the Karate and Kobujutsu/Kobudo of Okinawa. Congratulations Mike!

01-05-13 We are pleased to announce that Hobbs Sensei has been appointed an Advisor to the North American Branch of the Goju-Ryu Okinawakan Karate-Do Kyokai and the Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai. Both of these organizations are headed by Kiichi Nakamoto, Judan Hanshi. Mike Jones Sensei is the President of the North American Branch of both organizations.

12-11-12 A Dentokan Aikijujutsu Instructors' Course was held at Erik Johnstone's Shindokan Dojo in Stonington, Connecticut, 30 Nov 12 - 2 Dec 12. Participants trained extensively on Yondan Gi, Shihan Gi, and Kaiden Gi. At the conclusion of the course the following individuals were promoted as indicated:
Matt Ubertini - Godan & Shihan, Chris Gueli - Sandan, James Davis - Sandan, and Chris Morse - Sandan. Everyone who participated performed exceptionally well, and the hospitality was outstanding. A special thanks to Johnstone Sensei for sponsoring and organizing the course.

12-10-12 All, I am pleased to announce that Ben Haryo, having achieved Shihan & Godan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu and proven his trustworthiness, has been elevated to the position of President of the Indonesia Dentokan National Federation.

12-9-12 All, I am very pleased to announce we have two new Advisors for the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. They are: Sifu Iwanto (Zhang Wen Ci), who will advise us regarding Chinese Martial Arts in general, and Ngo Cho Kun Kuntauw specifically. The other advisor is Guru Galih Iman Hidayat, who will advise us regarding Indonesian Pentjak-Silat. My sincere thanks to both of these gentlemen for accepting their new roles within the Dentokan.

12-07-12 Here's a brief write-up about my Indonesian visit:

I departed the USA on the second of November for Jakarta, Indonesia. I was making the trip for two reasons. First, I was traveling there to visit and train with our Dentokan members in Indonesia. Second, I was going to do some research on the martial arts indigenous to Indonesia. I have had a fascination with the Indonesian martial arts of Kuntauw/Kuntao and Pentjak-Silat since reading Donn F. Draeger’s book entitled Weapons and Fighting Arts of the Indonesian Archipelago in 1972.

On the teaching front, we conducted two weekend courses, as well as sessions at various locations at other times. The instruction emphasized the martial arts represented within the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. Specific Dentokan arts taught were Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do, Okinawa Kobujutsu, Nihon Aikijujutsu, and Nihon Iaijutsu.

At the end of the training five Dentokan Indonesia members were awarded promotions, as follows:

- Ben Haryo, Godan & Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu
- Arman Syah, Godan & Shihan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do
- Abraham Nugroho, Nidan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu
- Yogi Harimurti, Shodan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu
- Galih Iman Hidayat, Shodan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Before going any further I want to express my sincere thanks to Ben Haryo for arranging my visit, to Mr. Saleh for taking care of my accommodations, to Sifu Iwanto and Abraham for teaching me, to Guru Galih for sharing his knowledge, and to Yogi for their assistance and good humor throughout my visit.

My research into Indonesian martial arts not only gave me the opportunity to observe, but to actually do some hands-on training. With it all I came to realize that I had only scratched the surface of what Indonesia has to offer the serious student of hoplology.

Two individuals were most helpful with my research into the martial art of Kuntauw/Kuntao. An art largely practiced within the ethnic Chinese communit y in Indonesia.

Foremost was Sifu Iwanto (Zhang Wen Ci), who is a very accomplished master of Ngo Cho Kun (Five Ancestors Fist) Wuzu Quan. He and I discussed the history of Chinese martial arts in Indonesia. We also discussed the varying terms used for those arts. Specifically Sifu Iwanto explained that “… the term 'Kungfu' is not essentially correct for 'martial art'. 'Kungfu' means 'dilligent effort', which could be applied to many things, such as dancing, cooking, sciences, and off course the martial art. The traditional martial art itself is called 'Quanfa' in Mandarin, 'Kuoshu' in Taiwan, and Kuntauw/Kuntao in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. The hanzi [kanji in Japanese] for Quanfa is 拳法, the hanzi for Kuoshu is 国術, and the hanzi for Kuntauw is 拳道. Kuoshu is the short version of Chungkuo Wushu /Tiongkok Bu Sut - 中国武術, literally means 'Chinese martial Arts'.”

Being a practitioner of Okinawa Goju- Ryu Karate-Do I am naturally curious about the similarities between the techniques and forms contained in Goju-Ryu as compared to those contained in Chinese martial arts. After all, as legend has it, Kanryo Higashionna studied the martial arts in China, and brought what he had learned back to Okinawa. Under Higashionna’s student Chojun Miyagi this unique style of Karate would become known as Goju-Ryu.

The kata Sanchin is one of the best known and discussed forms in Goju-Ryu Karate. I knew that a number of Chinese martial arts contained forms similar to it, and I was curious as to whether Sifu Iwanto knew such a form. As luck would have it he did, and within the Ngo Cho Kun style it is called “Sam Cien”. Sifu Iwanto was kind enough to teach me “Sam Cien” and I plan on incorporating it into my own Goju-Ryu syllabus once I feel proficient enough.

I also had the good fortune of learning the twelve Tan Tui short forms of Shaolin Hu ng Mei Kuntauw/Kuntao from Sifu Abraham Nugroho, who was a student of Sifu Sugiarto of Indonesia. These too will be incorporated into my martial arts teachings once I am proficient enough. Although I have not yet decided exactly where to put them, I am thinking of designating them as auxiliary training options for those interested.

When it came to learning about Pentjak-Silat, the indigenous martial art of Indonesia, I again was most fortunate. Guru Galih Iman Hidayat was my main source of information on all things Pentjak-Silat. He is a very accomplished expert teacher of the Pengasinan, Paseban, and Macan Ngawahan styles. He is also knowledgeable of many other styles of Pentjak-Silat, and is on good terms with many teachers of other styles. It was Guru Galih that supplied a parade of Pentjak-Silat experts to discuss and display their particular brands of Silat.

One of the most fascinating and devastating aspects of Pentjak-Silat is its array of edged weapons. These weapons carry names such as karambit, pisau, sabit, kris, parang, etc. Each is distinctive in its shape and use.

In the future I plan on writing a more lengthy and detailed article on Indonesian Kuntauw and Pentjak-Silat. But, whatever I write will be only a feeble attempt at describing the cornucopia of martial arts that exists in Indonesia. In so doing I will rely upon my Indonesian friends who have so kindly and openly shared their cultural treasure with me.

11-26-12 Buyer Beware! Some unscrupulous individuals are attempting to sell the website domain named “dentokan.com”. They even list their contact e-mail address as dentokan.hombu@gmail.com. Be advised this is NOT an e-mail address used by the real Dentokan Hombu (Headquarters). The purchase of this domain is essentially useless because the “Dentokan,” and its associated logo, is a registered trademark with the United States government, as well as internationally under the Madrid Protocols.

10-16-12 We now have a Facebook page, which is named "Dentokan: Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. - Hombu (Headquarters)". The URL is: https://www.facebook.com/SekaiDentokanBugeiRenmeiHombuHeadquarters

10-15-12 Raymond Mbazima, Kyoshi has authored a very good description of the Dentokan's participation in this year's Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei's Budosai in Kyoto, Japan.
Here is the link: Kyoto Martial Arts Festival Report-1.docx

09-22-12 Notice: Brian Rogers of the United Kingdom holds no grade, title, or position in the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. He has no authority to teach or grade in any Dentokan art. Furthermore, his use of a modified Dentokan Aikijujutsu syllabus is not reflective of the art as properly taught and practiced in the Dentokan.

09-21-12 We are very pleased to announce that Team Dentokan won "The Kyoto Shimbun" award for outstanding performance at the Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei's Annual Budosai. The Budosai was held on September 16, and took place at the famous Butokuden in Kyoto. Team members consisted of yours truly, Bill Stockey, Raymond Mbazima, and Neil Malpas.
Click the link for photo: 2012Kyoto_WinningTeam.jpg

09-09-12 A Dentokan Aikijujutsu and Iaijutsu course was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 1 to 5 September. The course was sponsored by Dentokan Zambia and taught by Nigel Goodier, Hachidan & Kaiden. In addition to Dentokan Zambia participants, representatives from Dentokan Zimbabwe and Dentokan Kenya were also in attendance. All reports indicate it was a highly successful event, with another course already planned for next year. A special congratulations to Antony Harvey (Dentokan Kenya) for achieving his Shodan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. We want to give a huge thanks to Goodier Sensei for donating his time and treasure to make this event possible. A thank you also to Lytton Zulu, the National President of Dentokan Zambia, and Raymond Mbazima, Vice President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. for organizing the course.

09-10-12 We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dauglas Chivandire, Renshi to the position of President of the Zimbabwean Dentokan National Federation. Chivandire Sensei is highly respected for his technical expertise, as well as his vision and hard work in developing and growing the Dentokan in Southern Africa. Congratulations Daug! We look forward to working more closely with you.

08-30-12 From Hobbs Sensei: I was in Nairobi, Kenya from August 15 to August 27. The purpose of my visit was to help establish the Dentokan in Kenya. I was sponsored by Sally Crafter. The hospitality shown by Sally and her husband Geoffrey was wonderful.

Now for a little background: One of the Dentokan's Vice Presidents, Raymond Mbazima, Kyoshi from Zambia, had previously made a visit and liaised with Sally Crafter and our point man in Kenya, Antony Harvey Owino Alogo. My visit was to provide further instruction to Antony, Sally, and other select Kenyans. Instruction in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu was provided to the larger group. Instruction in Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobujutsu was also provided to Antony and Sally. Just prior to my departure two-days of gradings were held in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu and Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The results were as follows:

Antony Harvey Owino Alogo promoted to Sandan of Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do and Sankyu of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu

Sally Crafter promoted to Nidan of Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do and Sankyu of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu

Newton Saddy Abich promoted to Sankyu of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu

Mathai Munyori Ndungu promoted to Sankyu of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu

Cripon Mwiti Mburugu promoted to Sankyu of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu

Congratulations to Dentokan Kenya!

08-01-12 To the worldwide Dentokan membership, from Hobbs Sensei:

The Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. is going through a period of transition. A transition purposely instigated by me.

I founded the Sekai Dentokan Renmei in 1994, while still on active duty in the military. I did not retire from the military until 2004, and did not discontinue working full time until 2010. In preparation for “retirement” I incorporated the Dentokan and trademarked it.

Once “retired” I began traveling and teaching extensively throughout the world. Some wonderful achievements were accomplished, such as the Dentokan gaining organizational membership in the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei, in Kyoto, Japan, and the development of a close relationship between the Dentokan and the Nippon Seibukan Academy, also in Kyoto, Japan.

Unfortunately, not all discoveries were positive. What I found was that the Dentokan had really grown too large, with a too broad span of control. Additionally some individuals entrusted with leadership positions outside the United States had taken the Dentokan in a never intended direction.

My vision of the Dentokan has always been an organization that is dojo focused, where senior yudansha work harmoniously for the betterment of the Dentokan. What I found in one location in particular was a Dentokan that had morphed into a bureaucratic nightmare. These bureaucratic structures took on a life of their own, and began delving into governance and policy-making. Such activities should have been the sole purview of the National President. The result was individuals vied for power, cliques developed, senior yudansha were pushed aside, and juniors acted inappropriately. It became a leadership issue.

Another related problem was the increasing, unapproved variances that had crept into Karate, Kobujutsu, and Aikijujutsu kata. My emphasis on decreasing the variance in these kata simply fell on deaf ears. So it became not only a leadership issue, but a technical one as well.

In order to correct this wrong-headedness I have asked some individuals to leave the Dentokan. I have expelled others, and I have asked others to choose (i.e., stay or go). But, I have not allowed those concerned to simply sit on the sidelines. I feel a somewhat smaller Dentokan, filled with dedicated, and trustworthy members is the best way forward right now.

As we separate ourselves from the now non-Dentokan groups (those who have departed or been expelled), I request all Dentokan members allow for a cooling off period. By that I mean we should reframe from participating in any martial arts activities organized or sponsored by those who have left. How long we will need to do this is undetermined at this time, and will hinge on the behavior of the non-Dentokan groups.

Until all of this is fully sorted out, my advice is don’t let the turmoil bother you. The key is to get back to training, unencumbered by politics. We remain committed to our individual dojos, senior yudansha, and students. As the old saying goes: “You have to break some eggs to make an omelet.” We’re breaking eggs right now, but the omelet will be delicious in the end.

07-22-12 The last day of the event was on Sunday. It was a welcomed chance for participants to take part in a Embu (demonstration). The atmosphere was relaxed and collegial.

The Embu consisted of the following demonstrations, in no particular order:

- A demonstration of Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu by Robin Ramirez and David Loya

- A demonstration of Mugai-Ryu Iaihyodo and Tameshigiri by Bill Henderson

- A demonstration of Dentokan Kobujutsu by Neil Malpas

- A demonstration of Karate-Do by Raymond Mbazima and Kennedy Mukuka

- A demonstration of Dentokan Aikijujutsu by Nigel Goodier, Raymond Mbazima, and Kennedy Mukuka

- A demonstration of Karate-Do by Dr. Michael P. Nemeth

- A demonstration of Shin Shin Ryu Iaijutsu by Daniel Keupp and Goya Kenny

- A demonstration of Dentokan Aikijujutsu by Chris Spencer-Hicks and James Reilley

Training certificates were provided to everyone at the end of the Embu.

The event was topped off with a luncheon at "Lengthwise".

Needless to say, the 2012 Dentokan Annual Conference and Seminar was an outstanding success. Special thanks to our English and Zambian friends who traveled so far to participate. Also, a big, big thank you to Robin Ramirez and David Loya of Bakersfield Budo for so expertly organizing and executing this year's event.

So everyone knows, the 2013 Dentokan Annual Conference and Seminar will be held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 July 2013. Tony Carrick is the sponsor. More information to follow at a later date.

07-21-12 Dentokan Annual Conference & Seminar update:

Today started with Hobbs Sensei leading a Kumite session which focused on combinations, footwork, timing, and combative distance. The aim was to provide Kumite training appropriate for both competition and self-defense.

It was followed by a Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do kata session, which was also taught by Hobbs Sensei. Special thank you to Erik Johnstone for his expert assistance.

The last session of the day was a Tameshigiri (sword cutting) sessions lead by Bill Henderson. Everyone throughly enjoyed this session. There is nothing like cutting through challenging targets with a live blade.

Following Saturday's training promotion menjo were presented to the following individuals:

- Neil Malpas, Godan, Shihan, & Renshi of Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

- Erik Johnstone, Yondan & Shihan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do

- Neil Malpas, Yondan & Shihan of Dentokan Kobujutsu

- Jesus "Chuy" Fernandez, Sandan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

- Waddy "Tom" Haynie, Sandan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

- Neil Malpas, Sandan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do

- James Reilley, Nidan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

- Matthew Ubertini, Shodan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do

- Andrew Hudson, Shodan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Congratulations to the successful candidates for promotion.

07-20-12 Update from the 2012 Dentokan Annual Conference & Seminar:

Today we had three seminars, and folks are getting tired and a bit bruised.

We started with a Dentokan Aikijujutsu session, followed by a Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do session. Both sessions emphasized decreasing the variance in our kata and technique.

Iaido/Iaijutsu/Kenjutsu was the final session of the day. It was expertly taught by Bill Henderson and Matt Ubertini. A big thanks to both for a most interesting presentation of this ancient art. It was really nice to see our members working the Kenjutsu paired sets with such enthusiasm.

07-19-12 Today's sessions at the 2012 Dentokan Annual Conference and Seminar were most excellent. Hobbs Sensei taught a Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do session in the morning. It was followed by a Kobujutsu/Kobudo session taught by Neil Malpas. Neil did a fantastic job. Many compliments, all well deserved. Same goes for the final session today. It was a Dentokan Aikijujutsu session taught by Nigel Goodier. All were followed by some socializing and good eats at the "Lenghtwise" Brewery.

07-18-12 Latest from the 2012 Dentokan Annual Conference & Seminar:

Things are going very well here at the Dentokan's Annual Conference and Seminar. It's the first time the event has been held in the USA. Thanks to Robin Ramirez for hosting the event at the Bakersfield Budokan, Bakersfield, California.

This year's event is noteworthy because of the number of senior yudansha attending, many for the first time. Of note, Dr. Michael P. Nemeth, PhD, NASA research scientist, 8th Dan Hanshi of Karate-Do, and Kaiden of Dentokan Aikijujutsu is participating. Mike is literally one of Hobbs Sensei's students, going back to the 1960s.

Raymond Mbazima, 7th Dan Kyoshi is representing Dentokan Zambia.

Chris Spencer-Hicks, 8th Dan Hanshi is representing Dentokan UK.

Today we had sessions on Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do and Dentokan Goshinjutsu. I taught the Shorin-Ryu session, where we concentrated on decreasing the variance in our kata. We also worked extensively on body mechanics as it relates to proper basics, generating power, and economy of movement. Chris Spencer-Hicks taught the Goshinjutsu session, which was well received by everyone. Its practicality and relevance was readily apparent to all who took part in the training.

We had a great dinner at a local Mexican restaurant last night. Everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to more training and fellowship throughout the week.

Today we'll be having sessions on Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, Kobudo/Kobujutsu, and Aikijujutsu. I'll give a followup report later.


2012 Annual Dentokan International Seminar &Conference
18-22 July 2012
Bakersfield Budokan
6801 White Lane, Suite E-3
Bakersfield, California 93309
United States of America

07-03-12 We are pleased to announce that Lytton Zulu, Renshi has been appointed the new National President for Dentokan Zambia. Congratulations Zulu Sensei!

06-27-12 We are proud to announce that Chris Spencer-Hicks, Hanshi has been appointed the new National President for the United Kingdom. Please join us in congratulating Spencer-Hicks Hanshi.

6-27-12 Hobbs Sensei has made some recent changes to the Dentokan Board of Advisors. All five of the current Dentokan Vice Presidents are automatically included in the Board of Directors. For everyone's general information, the key responsibility for the VPs is to provide advice and assistance to the President (Hobbs Sensei) as it relates to the general operation of the worldwide Dentokan, as well as those matters to which they have specific expertise. Advisors provide and assist in those matters to which they have specific expertise. Here is the current make-up of the Board of Advisors (in alphabetical order):

Lloyd Allum, Vice President
Andy Bryant, Japanese Sword Arts
Michael Galose, Legal Matters
Nigel Goodier, Dentokan Aikijujutsu in Southern Africa
Bill Henderson, Japanese Sword Arts
Chief Mike Jones, Okinawa Karate &Kobudo
Trisno Kuswanto, Chinese-Indonesian Martial Arts
Neil Malpas, International Business Operations
Raymond Mbazima, Vice President
Dr. Michael P. Nemeth, Vice President
Robin Ramirez, Japanese Sword Arts
Chris Spencer-Hicks, Vice President
Col Tony Willis, Traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do
Adnan Safak Yuksel, Vice President

06-05-12 Hobbs Sensei has established a Dentokan Board of Advisors. All six of the Dentokan Vice Presidents are automatically included in the Board of Directors. For everyone's general information, the key responsibility for the VPs is to provide advice and assistance to the President (Hobbs Sensei) as it relates to the general operation of the worldwide Dentokan, as well as those matters to which they have specific expertise. Advisors provide and assist in those matters to which they have specific expertise. Here is the current make-up of the Board of Advisors (in alphabetical order):

Lloyd Allum, Vice President
Andy Bryant, Japanese Sword Arts
Dr. Stephen Chan, Vice President
Michael Galose, Legal Matters
Bill Henderson, Japanese Sword Arts
Chief Mike Jones, Okinawa Karate &Kobudo
Trisno Kuswanto, Chinese-Indonesian Martial Arts
Neil Malpas, International Business Operations
Raymond Mbazima, Vice President
Dr. Michael P. Nemeth, Vice President
Robin Ramirez, Japanese Sword Arts
Andy Roosen, Sports Biomechanics, Motor Control, &Kinesiology
Chris Spencer-Hicks, Vice President
Col Tony Willis, Traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do
Adnan Safak Yuksel, Vice President

We anticipate adding additional advisors in the future.

05-29-12 From Hobbs Sensei: After much thought and discussion we have decided to expand the number of Dentokan Vice Presidents from one to six. Please join with me in welcoming and supporting the following Dentokan Vice Presidents (in alphabetical order):

Lloyd Allum
Dr. Stephen Chan
Raymond Mbazima
Dr. Michael P. Nemeth
Chris Spencer-Hicks
Adnan Safak Yuksel

These gentlemen, as Vice Presidents, automatically become members of the newly formed Board of Advisors. Other individuals will be added to the Board of Advisors in the near future.

05-11-12 Hobbs Sensei visited Mike Holmes' dojo in Leland, North Carolina from 25 April to 28 April. The first three days of the visit were spent training with Dr. Mike Nemeth and Mike Holmes. The last day consisted of a full-day course in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. Highlights of the visit were the promotions of Dr. Nemeth to Kaiden &Shichidan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu, and Charles Hamilton to Shodan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. Dr. Nemeth is the first individual to achieve Kaiden in the U.S. Congratulations to both Mike and Chuck! A big thank you to Mike, Ruby, and Brandon for their wonderful hospitality. image

04-24-12 Hobbs Sensei just returned from teaching joint Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. - Nippon Seibukan Academy - Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei courses in England and Slovenia. Please see the linked report which was prepared by Neil Malpas for full details. Hobbs Sensei expresses his thank you for the fantastic hospitality shown by the Malpas family, Ales Primcic, and Chris Spencer-Hicks.
Hobbs Hanshi NSA UK Seminar 2012 April.pdf

04-23-12 We are pleased to announce that Ali Nyoni was part of the team which won the team gold at the recent World Karate Federation (WKF) English Nationals. Congratulations Ali! We're all proud of you.
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04-09-12 We are pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Jones to the grade of Hachidan &Hanshi of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. Congratulations Chief Jones!

04-03-12 News from Zimbabwe &Botswana: Dentokan's very own Paul Danisa coached Team Zimbabwe to a fantastic performance at the recent Gaborone Open in Botswana.

Zimbabwe managed to send 4 athletes and the results were as follows:

Naomi Mandengenda (Dentokan) – Under 16 Girls – Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Elizabeth banda (Dentokan) – Under 14 Girls – Gold in Kumite
Winston Nyanhete (Dentokan) – Under 67 kg male – Bronze in Kumite
Justin Mashiri (JSKA Shotokan) – Under 60 kg male – Bronze in Kumite

Our hearty congratulations to Team Zimbabwe!

04-02-12 From Sensei Hobbs: Friends, I taught in both Sacramento and Olivehurst, California recently (23-26 of March). This was a joint Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. - Nippon Seibukan Academy - Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei course. We had sessions on Dentokan Aikijujutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. Bill Henderson also taught an excellent session on Tameshigiri. All in attendance gave their best throughout all the training sessions. My hosts, Bill Henderson and Miguel Jurna were great. Of note was Rev Jurna's promotion to Yondan &Shihan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. My sincere thanks to everyone involved. I'm already looking forward to a return visit to California for the Annual International Dentokan Conference and Seminar. That event will take place at the Bakersfield Budokan in Bakersfield in July. For those interested please go to the Dentokan Hombu website (www.dentokanhombu.com) and click on the "Events" page for dates and contact information. Or one can go directly to the Bakersfield Budokan website (www.bakersfieldbudo.com) for information and registration.

03-19-12 From Sensei Hobbs: I'm back in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA now. Had a great weekend at Andy Bryant's Dentokan Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA dojo. Not only was it nice seeing and training with Andy again, but the same with my good friends Mike Jones, and Scott Kays. It was a fun packed weekend. Friday we trained in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do. Saturday was all day training in Sandan Gi of Nihon Aikijujutsu Dentokan. We topped off Sunday with training in the Army and Navy kata sets of Nihon Iaijutsu Dentokan. Before I departed, Andy and I reviewed both Shihan Gi and Kaiden Gi of Nihon Aikijujutsu. Although we were tired, we all had a very good sense of accomplishment. Many thanks to Bryant Sensei for his outstanding hospitality.

03-05-12 Dentokan Great Britain National Karate Championships 2012 - Report by Emma Aveston Martial artists from across the country converged in Canterbury on Sundayfor the Dentokan Associations inaugural National Karate Championships. Mark Caddy (National President and Chief Instructor for Dentokan clubs in Canterbury and Faversham) hosted karate clubs from as far afield as Nottingham, Northampton and Bath joined those around Canterbury for the association's 2012 national championships. From children to veterans, Karateka of all ages and grades competed side by side with nervous grins on their faces. There were many categories throughout the day, including men, women, and children's kumite (sparring) and kata (sequences of pre-arranged techniques where competitors are marked on their grace, balance, and sharpness) among others. Friendly rivalry abounded in the Male Team Kumite when the karate veterans took on their eager students. The gold eventually went to the University of Kent dojo with some ex-students returning specially for the day. It was a particularly successful day for the University club, with gold medals won for self-defence, weaponry self-defence, weapons kata and silver for the Female Team Kata along with many other wins. Other Kent clubs had much success too in all their categories. The children in particular brought home a hoard of gold, silvers, and bronzes through a technique and focus which more than matched their older colleagues. It was a useful day for all who entered with every club winning medals including Margate Karate Club, Faversham &Whitstable Shotokan club and the Crow Karate Club from East Kent. Following the success of the day all the competitors are planning to defend their titles next year in Nottingham and looking forward to more events in the year ahead. For information on future Dentokan Martial Arts events and how you can join in visit www.allenglanddentokan.org.uk or www.shinbukandojo.org.uk for details.
Results: 2012 Championship Results.xlsx

02-18-12 The first ever Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc.; Nippon Seibukan Academy; and Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei combined course to be held in Slovenia will be take place this coming April. Please see the attached brochure/flyer for complete details.
April 2012 - RJH NSA-ZNSBR-Dentokan Seminar - Slovenia - Final.pdf

02-16-12 From Paul Danisa, Zimbabwe National Karate Team Coach: There are eighteen Dentokan members who are a part of the Zimbabwe National Karate Team for the upcoming World Karate Federation (WKF) African Zone 6 Championships. See Dentokan members on Zim National team.doc for a complete listing. This is a very impressive achievement for Dentokan Zimbabwe. Congratulations to all the team members for their selection.

02-14-12 If you haven't already, recommend checking the "Events" page. A good number of upcoming events have been added. The courses in the U.S. are geographically spread out nicely, thus creating more opportunities for our members and guests.

02-13-12 The Dentokan Ireland team performed exceptionally well at the Irish Inter-varsitys. The team was comprised of Matt Leebody (Captain), Dave Armstrong, Jordan Brown and Jermey Surgenor. The results were as follows:

Men's 4th - 6th kyu kumite: Jordan Brown - Gold
Mens 3rd kyu+ kata: Dave Armstrong - Bronze
Men's Team kumite: Matt Leebody, Dave Armstrong and Jordan Brown - Bronze
We're all very proud of this great performance, and know the team is very much looking forward to the British Dentokan National Championships next month in Canterbury.

02-12-12 We are excited to announce that Paul Danisa, Renshi has been retained as Technical Director and Head Coach of the Zimbabwean National Karate Team. Congratulations to Danisa Sensei! Those of us who know Paul, know this is the result of his outstanding knowledge and dedication to building competitive Karate in Zimbabwe.

02-07-12 From Hobbs Sensei: Friends, I'm just back from doing a private weekend training session with Bill Henderson and Robin Ramirez. We did a thorough review of Shihan and Kaiden Gi of Dentokan Aikijujutsu. We also reviewed all of Sandan and Yondan Gi, as well as portions of Shodan and Nidan. We had good discussions on henka and oyo to top it off. Both Bill and Robin have an excellent grasp of the waza. As a result, both Bill and Robin were promoted to Rokudan. Congratulations guys! Hugh thank you to Bill and Sara for the wonderful hospitality.

01-28-12 From Lytton Zulu, Dentokan Zambia International Secretary: Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate and Kobujutsu tests were held on 28th January, 2012 at the Andrews Motel, Lusaka, Zambia.

  • Shihans in active attendance were seven (7).
  • Students from six (6) clubs/dojos attempted various grades in three arts.
  • The following is the summary of results of the tests:
Name Grade Attempted Result Art Club/Dojo
1 Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe 2nd Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Budo Art
2 Kennedy Mukuka 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Andrews Motel
3 Annet George 1st Dan (Shodan-Ho) Pass Shorin – ryu Budo Art
4 Iman Abdi 1st Dan (Shodan-Ho) Pass Shorin – ryu Budo Art
5 Isaac Ntambo 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Budo Art
6 Rodgers Mubonde 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Chelston Karate Club
7 Evaristo Kabuku 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu NASDEC
8 Mtika Phyela 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Olympia Fitness Centre
9 Steven Sinkala 1st Dan Pass Shorin – ryu Olympia Fitness Centre

1 Lytton Zulu 3rd Dan Pass Goju – ryu Andrews Motel
2 Kelvin Mofya Chikwanda 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Andrews Motel
3 Dora K. Zulu 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Andrews Motel
4 Nathan De Assis 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Budo Art
5 Astrida Kaseba Willombe 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Budo Art
6 Claude Hamwiibu 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Chelston Karate Club
7 Victor Mayeya 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Chelston Karate Club
8 Mwewa Besa 1st Dan Pass Goju – ryu Chelston Karate Club

1 Lytton Zulu 3rd Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Andrews Motel
2 Nathan De Assis 1st Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Budo Art
3 Astrida Kaseba Willombe 1st Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Budo Art
4 Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe 1st Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Budo Art
5 Russell Harawa 1st Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Budo Art
6 Salim Dawoojee 1st Dan Pass Okinawa Kobujutsu Power Team

Chief Examiner: Kyoshi Raymond Mbazima
Assistants: 1 Kyoshi Wycliffe Mushipi
2 Renshi Lytton Zulu
3 Shihan Luke Phiri
4 Shihan Munyaradzi Mangaba
5 Shihan Zacky Zimba
6 Shihan Kelvin Chikwanda Mofya
In Attendance: Hanshi Bonar Noble
Witnessed by: Sensei Simba Mangaba (ZAMAF)

01-24-12 Please join us in congratulating Mike Jones for his recently being appointed as the Chief of Police in Swayzee, Indiana, USA. Chief Jones has practiced Goju-Ryu Karate-Do from childhood. He is also a respected, long time member of the Dentokan.

Hobbs Sensei's calendar for 2012 is rapidly taking shape. Specifically, he'll be teaching in England &Slovenia in April, and in Turkiye/Turkey &California (USA) in July. Please refer to the "Events" page for additional information. If anyone is interested in having Hobbs Sensei visit, it is requested they contact Hobbs Sensei as soon as possible so as to avoid scheduling conflicts.

01-16-12 Nelson Wong Sensei sent us some additional photos from Hobbs Sensei's visit to Hong Kong and China. As most of you know Hobbs Sensei was accompanying Kawano Hanshi, President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy in Kyoto, Japan. The photos can be seen here: IMG_4199.JPG, IMG_4204.JPG, IMG_4211.JPG, IMG_4214.JPG, IMG_4217.JPG

01-16-12 Nigel Goodier, Kaiden &Hachidan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu recently visited Tony Hammersley's Dentokan New Zealand dojo. Goodier Sensei was on vacation in New Zealand, and kindly took the time to visit Hammersley Sensei's dojo. During the visit Goodier Sensei taught a much appreciated Aikijujutsu session which included the testing of Hammersley Sensei for promotion to Sandan. We are pleased to announce that Hammersley Sensei passed his test, and we offer our hearty congratulations. We also wish to thank Goodier Sensei for taking the time and making the effort to visit the Dentokan New Zealand dojo of Hammersley Sensei. An article describing the visit was published in a local newspaper and can be seen by going to the following URL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/sport/6239944/Lessons-from-a-jujutsu-master . A group photo was also taken and can be seen by clicking on this link: Nigel Goodier Visit cropped.jpg

01-06-12 A message from Hobbs Sensei: I just recently received a copy of Okinawa No Bushi No Te by Ronald L. Lindsey. Since receiving it, I have picked it up to read at every opportunity. Lindsey Sensei's work is not the typical martial arts book. It is a book that is loaded with many little known historical facts of Okinawa Karate, first hand accounts, old letters, etc. The photos alone in this book make it well worth the price. Purchasing information can be found by going to this URL: http://oldfightingarts.com/about-us/okinawa-bushi-te-2/

01-04-12 The Dentokan Hombu is pleased to announce Michael Galose, Attorney at Law, has become a member of the Dentokan. Galose Sensei is a respected, long time Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do practitioner, and currently holds the grade of Rokudan &Renshi. Additionally, Galose Sensei has been appointed the Dentokan Hombu Legal Advisor. We welcome Galose Sensei to our worldwide Dentokan family.

12-30-11 Moodlee Chola, the General Secretary of Dentokan Zambia, recently graduated with a Diploma of Law from Zambia's National Institute of Public Administration. He is now qualified to pursue a Bachelor's in Law degree. Chola Sensei accomplished this while balancing his military career, family, the martial arts, and educational studies. On behalf of the worldwide Dentokan family we offer our hearty congratulations.
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12-05-11 We are very pleased to announce the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei has now expanded to include Austria and Switzerland. The Dentokan Austria President is Talip Okcuoglu Shihan, and the Dentokan Switzerland President is Hakki Guldur Shihan. Welcome to the Dentokan!

There is also some good news for our Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karateka. As most of you know, we originally practiced the Toguchi version of the Goju-Ryu kata. We now practice the Miyazato version of the Goju-Ryu kata. The good news is these kata are now posted on this website. These can be found on the "Kata" link to the left. The kata are performed slowly for teaching/learning purposes. They were recorded at the residence of Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe in Lusaka, Zambia. A big thank you to Raymond Mbazima Kyoshi, Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe, and Per Hagstrom for their help in completing this project.

12-04-11 From Moodlee Chola, General Secretary Dentokan Zambia:


Below are some details of the named karate championships.

Livingstone karate championship (Southern province)– Saturday 26th November 2011
Livingstone Dentokan karate club hosted a karate championship on Saturday 26th November at Hindu hall. Participating clubs included Choma, Power Team (Lusaka), Green Eagles of Zambia National Service, Zambia Army’s Green Buffaloes, YMCA Lusaka, University of Zambia, Mighty conquerors and hosts Livingstone. Veteran karateka Luke Phiri of Power Team beat Kelvin Yamboto in senior kumite final in revenge of kata loss. Buffaloes Joe Mumba was junior kumite champion. Others were as below.

Under 10 yrs kata
1.Tojana Mudenda (YMCA) – Champion
2.Danyaal Dawoodjee (Power team)– 1st runner up
3.Levy Mwana (Livingstone) – 2nd runner up

Under 14 yrs kata
1.Levy Mwana (Livingstone) – Champion
2.Leonard Chabu (Buffaloes)
3.Kapamba Mwape (Buffaloes)

Ladies kata
1.Violet Sakala (Green Eagles) – Champion
2.PurityTete (Buffaloes)
3.Susan Namainga (Buffaloes)

Junior men kata
1.Mohamaud V. Chisali (Livingstone) – Champion
2.Martin Sichibeya (Livingstone)
3.Caristus Sitwala (Livingstone)

Senior kata
1.Slater Mushila (Buffaloes) – Champion
2.Abudallah Siadombozia (Livningstone)
3.Kelvin Yamboto (Green Eagles)

Team kata
1.YMCA – Champions
2.Green Eagles
3.Green Buffaloes

Under 14 yrs kumite
1.Joseph Mulenga (YMCA)
2.David Lubasi (YMCA)
3.Levy Mwana (Livingstone)

Men Senior kumite
1.Luke Phiri (Power) – Champion
2.Kelvin Yamboto (Green Eagles)
3.Danny Silungwe (Buffaloes)

Winners went home with certificates and medals.

Present were government officials from provincial sports committee, Buffloes chairman Lt Col Maulu, Dr Olivia Dhaz and representatives from sponsors.
Chief Referee was shihan Munyaradzi Mangaba. Other Shihans were Luke Phiri and Moodlee Chola.

Copperbelt shotokan karate individual closing championship –Saturday 3rd December 2011
Power karate club of Kitwe successfully hosted individual karate championship on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at Power hall at Arthur Davis Stadium where in world of soccer Power Dynamos played and won the cup. The karate championship attracted active sports clubs like Nchanga, Mufulira, Nkana, Kalewa, Buffaloes, Unza, Mighty Conquerors,Zambia Army’ individuals and hosts Power. Two old timers Jeff kashiko of Nchanga and Zambia Army’s Moodlee Chola emerged winners in senior kumite and kata respectively. Dewin Tete Buffaloes beat Lombe Lombe of Mufulira to get to the final while Jeff beat Slater Mushila of Buffaloes in semi final of sparks and subsequently beat Dewin in the final. Other finals as translated in the results below.

Sub junior kata
1.Leonard Chabu (Buffaloes) – Champion 26.8 points
2.Nicky Kunda (Kalewa) 25.5 points

Junior kata
1.William Mambwe (Kalewa) – Champion 25.6 points
2.Edmond Zulu (Buffaloes) 25.5 points

Senior men kata
1.Moodlee Chola (Zambia Army) – Champion 27.5 points
2.Lombe Lombe (Mufulira) 26.7 points

Ladies kata
1.Purity Tete (Buffaloes) - Champion 26.5 points
2.Nana Siabula (Kalewa) 25.6 points

Ladies kumite
1.PurityTete (Buffaloes) - Champion
2.Susan Namainga( Buffaloes)

Sub junior kumite
1.Leonard Tete (Buffaloes)
2.Kennedy Mwansa (Mufulira)

Junior kumite
1.Emmanuel Musenge (Nkana) known for his legendary kicks
2.Allan Zulu (Nkana)

Senior men kumite
1.Jeff Kashiko (Nchanga) – Champion
2.Dewin Tete (Buffaloes)

Winners got cash money.

Present were Copperbelt Technical advisor Justin Chemba, championship organizer/Power instructor Anderson Tembo, Buffaloeschairman Lt Col Maulu, Kalewa Garrison Medical Officer Major Mulenga and Mufulira Patron Amos Bwalya among others.

Dentokan Zambia looks forward to the closing championship scheduled for 17th December 2011 upon meeting the required factor.

12-01-11 Adnan Safak Yuksel, Hanshi, just recently taught a grueling series of courses in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria. Here's the impressive list of dates, subjects taught, and locations:

16 Nov - Iaijutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate in Switzerland
17 Nov - Iaijutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate in Switzerland
18 Nov - Iaijutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate in Switzerland
19 Nov - Karate Championships in Switzerland, Safak Sensei served as visiting coach
20 Nov - Karate Championships in Switzerland, Safak Sensei served as visiting coach
21 Nov - Aikijujutsu, Iaijutsu, and Kobujutsu in Liechtenstein
22 Nov - Aikijujutsu, Iaijutsu, and Goju-Ryu Karate in Liechtenstein
23 Nov - Aikijujutsu, Iaijutsu, Goju-Ryu Karate, and Kobujutsu in Liechtenstein
24 Nov - Aikijujutsu, Iaijutsu, Kobujutsu, and Goju-Ryu Karate in Austria
25 Nov - Aikijujutsu, Iaijutsu, Kobujutsu, and Goju-Ryu Karate in Liechtenstein
26 Nov - Goju-Ryu Karate, Iaijutsu, Kobujutsu, and Aikijujutsu in Switzerland
27 Nov - Goju-Ryu Karate, Iaijutsu, Kobujutsu, and Aikijujutsu in Switzerland

Safak Sensei is in high demand as a very effective teacher/coach, and has been instrumental in spreading the Dentokan in continental Europe. A big thank you to Safak Sensei for his hard work on behalf of the Dentokan in Europe.

11-30-11 From Hobbs Sensei: November was a very busy, but very rewarding month for me. I traveled to my home State of North Carolina the early part of the month. While there I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Mike Nemeth, Hanshi and Mike Holmes, Kyoshi. Both of these fine gentlemen have been my friends since my high school days. Quite amazing when I realize that both Mikes have been my friends and students for over forty years! Before the scheduled joint Dentokan - Nippon Seibukan Academy seminar/course (11-13 Nov 11) occurred we spent several days working on Goju-Ryu Karate-Do kata. The training was good, and the fellowship was superb. The course consisted of a Friday night session which concentrated on proper body mechanics as it relates to Karate, footwork, and timing and distancing. Saturday and Sunday were full days of Nihon Aikijujutsu as practiced within the Dentokan. We made it through all of Shodan Gi and Nidan Gi, with a good bit of Sandan Gi as well. Everyone was sufficiently tired, bruised, sweaty, and happy by the end of the course. There was one promotion by evaluation, with that being Tom Hainie achieving Shodan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. Tom is a student of Nemeth Sensei. Congrats Tom! A big thanks to Holmes Sensei for sponsoring and organizing the course. He did a fine job as always. Thanks Mike!

Immediately following the North Carolina course I got into my Toyota TRD and drove straight through to O'Fallon, IL (St Louis Metro East). I wouldn't recommend that fourteen hour drive, through the night, to anyone. But, I had to get back in order to prepare for and make my flight to Hong Kong. As most of you know, I was invited to accompany Yasuo Kawano, Hanshi and President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy in Kyoto, during his annual visit to his Goju-Ryu Karate-Do schools in Hong Kong. It was an honor to be asked, so I wasn't going to miss out on such a wonderful opportunity. The experience was absolutely fantastic. I sat in on two promotion panels and participated in two demonstrations. I made new friends such as Chan Shia Fat, "Roy" Cheng Mun Ching, Terence Loo, Ngan Chi Ming, Chan Ching Lung, Wong Tat Fai, Francis S Y Lau, Xavier Duval, and many others whose names I can't recall. I'm excited that I've already been invited back next year. My sincere thank you to Kawano Sensei for the invitation, and to my Chinese hosts for the superb hospitality.
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10-26-11 Hobbs Sensei taught a course at Matt Ubertini Sensei's Masakatsukan dojo in New York City this past weekend. On Friday evening there was a session which concentrated on Sanchin kata of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. Saturday and Sunday consisted of endless, enjoyable hours of Nihon Aikijujutsu Dentokan. Promotions were awarded following the completion of training on Sunday, with the most notable being Jim Liegey's promotion to Shodan in Nihon Aikijujutsu Dentokan. Congrats Jim! Another highlight was the opportunity to meet and dine with Toyotari Miyazaki Hanshi of Shotokai Karate. Anyone seeking information about the Masakatsukan dojo is invited to visit their website at www.nycbudo.com. Hobbs Sensei wants to thank Ubertini Sensei for the warm hospitality expressed during his visit.
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10-17-11 From Moodlee Chola, General Secretary Dentokan Zambia:

Mighty Conquerors karate academy successfully hosted the 2nd Andy Roosen Karate Championships held at Judo center central sports Lusaka on Saturday 15th October 2011. Independent participants and thirteen Clubs drawn from three provinces namely Copperbelt, Southern and Lusaka and showed potential international talent. Clubs present were UNZA, Power Team, Cooperative College, OYDC, Kalewa, Green Buffaloes and Host Mighty Conquerors. Others were Mufulira, Nakambala, Sikatali, Tug Argan, NRDC, and Livingstone. Shihan (master) Ibrahim Kairah graced the MPN Associates sponsored event .Zodani Banda of Green Buffaloes famously known as ‘commando’ by fans got the men Junior kata championship while club mate Kelly Mukosa was Senior kata champion. Danyaal Dawoodjee of Power Team, Nick Kunda of Kalewa, Lukwesa Chola (Mighty Conquerors) and Marjorie Nkonde of Maina Soko Military Hospital were 10 yrs boys ,12 yrs boys, 12yrs girls and ladies kata champions respectively.
Nakambala’s Aaron Kapusu and Chrivious Mweembani were 10 yrs and 12 yrs boys kumite champions respectively. Thapson Mweembani of Nakambala beat Preden Chilambwe of Green Buffaloes to be crowned junior kumite champion while Christopher Mwansa (Kalewa) beat Abudallah Siadombozia in a skillful senior kumite final. Marjorie was ladies kumite champion. Buffaloes beat Kalewa in team kata final. Pride and Nick were voted best karatekas of the day.

Full results of the 2nd Andy Roosen karate results were as below.

Team kata
1.Green Buffaloes

10yrs boys kata
1.Danyaal Dawoodjee - Power Team
2.Pride Kambilombilo - Mighty Conquerors
3.Vincent Zulu - Nakambala

12yrs boys kata
1.Nick Kunda - Kalewa
2.Lenard Chabu - Green Buffaloes
3.Mate Siambango - Nakambala

12yrs girls kata
1.Lukwesa Chola - Mighty Conquerors
2.Chisha Chola - Mighty Conquerors

Ladies kata
1.Marjorie Nkonde - Maina Soko Military Hospital
2.Jane Zulu - Green Buffaloes
3.Prisca Phiri - OYDC

Men junior kata
1.Zodani Banda - Green Buffaloes
2.Joseph Mumba - Green Buffaloes
3.Vincent Lipanga - Nakambala

Men senior kata
1.Kelly Mukosa - Green Buffaloes
2.Dewin Tete - Green Buffaloes
3.Charles Phiri - Green Buffaloes

10yrs boys kumite
1.Aaron Kapusu - Nakambala
2.Pride Kambilombilo - Mighty Conquerors
3.Kennedy Kazwami - Kalewa

12yrs boys kumite
ChriviousMweembani - Nakambala
2.Kabamba Mwape - Green Buffaloes
3.Nick Kunda - Kalewa

Ladies kumite
1.Marjorie Nkonde - Maina Soko Military Hospital
2.Memory Mambwe - OYDC
3.Anite Mfune - OYDC

Junior kumite
1.Thapson Mweembani - Nakambala
2.Preden Chilambwe - Green Buffaloes
3.Chisala Misengo - Mighty Conquerors

Men senior kumite
1.Christopher Mwansa - Kalewa
2.Abudallah Siadombozia - Livingstone
3.Slater Mushila - Green Buffaloes

Best karatekas – Pride Kambilombilo (Mighty Conquerors) and Nick Kunda (Kalewa)
Up coming karatekas – Abhinav and Anish Balasubramanian both of Sikatali dojo.The two brothers look forward to more participation and improvement after a splendid debut karate championship appearance.

Dr Any Roosen (www.kokenryu.com) now in Solomon Island is Ko ken Ryu international President and Solomon Island Dentokan National President .Andy expressed humbled by the introduction of the championship that he is honored while living.
Chairman Green Buffaloes Lt Col Maulu thanked all present and edged all karatekas to continue being active to maintain fitness. Former Zambia international fighting legend Sam Sikatali encouraged the young boys and women to come and join martial arts for their mental, physical and spiritual development. Sole sponsors of the 2nd Andy Roosen Karate championships MPN Associates representative Jacob Ndhlovu pledged continued support to karate.

Nakambala takes over from Kohima to host Dentokan karate championship on Saturday 29 October 2011 while on 5th November and 26th November 2011 Mufulira and Livingstone are hosting respectively.

Dentokan Zambia is scheduled to have awards presentation end of year to the deserving winners.

Prepared by

Moodlee Chola
General Secretary Dentokan Zambia
Overseer Ko ken ryu Zambia

10-16-11 Hobbs Sensei visited our Dentokan members in Canada from 30 Sep 11 to 2 Oct 11. This was Hobbs Sensei's first visit to Canada since attending the Canadian military parachute course in Edmonton, back in 1989. Hobbs Sensei found Bill Klym, our Dentokan Representative in Canada, and his students of a very good standard. Of particular note was the promoting of Bill Klym to Sandan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu, and Paul St. Denis to Nidan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. Our hearty congratulations go out to the both of them. The hospitality shown was wonderful, and Hobbs Sensei is already looking forward to the next visit. Please see the link for Klym Sensei's course write-up, as well as some photos from the course.
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10-11-11 On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Andrew Bryant of the Denbukan Dojo in Indianapolis, Indiana, conducted a one-day workshop covering Dentokan Aikijujutsu and Iaijutsu at Aikido of Owensboro (Kentucky). Participants came from both Kentucky and Indiana. Instruction included basic sword kata and select techniques from the syllabus of Dentokan Aikijujutsu, including waza from Shodan-Gi, Nidan-Gi, Sandan-Gi and Yondan-Gi. Of particular interest to many of the Aikido students in attendance, were the similarities and differences between many Aikido and Dentokan pinning techniques. Participants were also introduced to some of the basic principles of Dentokan Aikijujutsu and their self-defense applications. Future visits are planned to the Evansville/Owensboro area. Those interested may contact Mr. Bryant for more information, or visit www.indyaiki.com for future announcements.

10-05-11 We have added another kata to our Kobujutsu syllabus. It is a single nunchaku kata called "Sakagami No Nunchaku". Our Kobujutsu syllabus has needed a single nunchaku kata for some time. After extensive research it was decided that "Sakagami No Nunchaku" best meets our requirements. Hobbs Sensei first learned this kata in the late 60s, as a Shito-Ryu Karate stylist. It was widely practiced within various Shito-Ryu Karate groups at the time.

09-27-11 An important message from Moodlee Chola, Shihan &Renshi, General Secretary of Dentokan Zambia: The "Mighty Conquerors Karate Academy" will host the Second Andy Roosen Karate Championships on Saturday, 15 October 2011, at the Italian School, Lubu Road, Long Acres, Lusaka, Zambia at 8:00 AM. Please see the link for complete details: Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia.docx

09-26-11 The Dentokan contingent from Slovenia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zambia have all returned from a fantastic experience in Kyoto, Japan. For over a week we had the opportunity to train at the Nippon Seibukan Academy (NSA), attend NSA seminars and the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei Budosai at the famous Butokuden. Some of the highlights included each "foreign" country having the opportunity to demonstrate in the Butokuden during the Budosai. Of note was the Dentokan team from Turkiye/Turkey receiving an award for giving one of the best demonstrations. We were all very proud of our Turkish brothers and sisters. One other highlight was Hobbs Sensei's testing for Kudan Hanshi of Nihon Karate-Do in the Butokuden. He passed and his menjo was awarded at the closing ceremonies of the Budosai. There was also numerous social events and sightseeing opportunities. We will be returning for next year's Budosai. [Photos to follow]

09-02-11 Our very own Dr. Andy Roosen, President of the Solomon Islands Dentokan National Federation and Director of Dentokan Operations in Oceania, recently took a Solomon Islands Karate Team to the 2011 Pacific Games. Dr. Roosen served as the team's coach, before and during the competition. This was the first time Solomon Islands sent a Karate team to the Pacific Games, or other recognized international competition.

The team consisted of the following members:

Christopher Araitewa, -60kg, Team
Frengy bisoka, -67kg, Team
Selwyn Kuru, -75kg, open, Team
Christian Kabei, -84kg, Team
Ron Maefasia Uate’e, +84kg, Team
Janet Gwai, -68kg, Open
Andy Roosen, Coach
John Hollan, Manager (President, of the Solomon Islands Karate Federation)

The results from an Solomon Islands report were as follows:

The team of six athletes won bronze medals in four categories: -60kg male; +84kg male; Open male; -68kg female. Fourth places, narrowly missing the bronze in the fight off, were obtained in two further categories: -67kg male and Open female. Athletes in the male -75kg and -84kg and team event lost in the quarter finals. Karate uses a seeded system. This meant that favorites either received byes into later rounds or faced our athletes, being new to the competition database and therefore unranked, early on as thus providing the favorites with a higher likelihood of reaching the final rounds.

The above results were truly outstanding, especially in consideration that most of the team members had only been doing Karate for a few years. It's also our understanding that this was the first time a Solomon Islands team and individuals had placed in a recognized international team.

Way-to-go Andy! We're very proud of you and the whole Solomon Islands Karate Team.

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08-26-11 This year's Annual Dentokan International Seminar and Conference was actually held in two locations. The first part was held in Lusaka, Zambia and the second part was held in Harare, Zimbabwe . The Zimbabwe portion concentrated on Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. Goju-Ryu Karate testing took place the last day of the seminar and conference. The results were as follows:

Fradson Shavi, Promoted to Yondan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Paul Danisa, Promoted to Yondan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Douglas Chivandire, Promoted to Yondan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Steve Taplin, Promoted to Yondan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Winston Nyantete, Promoted to Sandan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Godwin Murambiwa, Promoted to Nidan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Katy Crofton, Promoted to Nidan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan

Hobbs Sensei expressed his appreciation for all the hard work that went into making the Zimbabwean portion of the seminar and conference such a great success.

08-19-11 This year's Annual Dentokan International Seminar and Conference was actually held in two locations. The first part was held in Lusaka, Zambia at the newly constructed Olympic training center. It was a tremendous success with instruction provided in Karate, Aikijujutsu, Jujutsu, and Iaijutsu. The last day of the course testing took place with a list of those passing shown below:






Charles Phiri

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Reagan Sichone

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Kenny Musonda

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Teddy Lufwendo

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Denson Tete

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Hamwiibu Claude

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Victor Mayeya

1st Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Susan Namainga

2nd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Innocent Mwiinga

2nd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Christopher Simwanza

2nd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Salim Dawoodjee

2nd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Andrew Mbangu

3rd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

George Chiyayika

3rd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Alex Kabemba

3rd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

John Phiri

3rd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Dora K. Zulu

3rd Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Isaac Banda

4th Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Munyaradzi Ezekiel Mangaba

5th Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Luke Phiri

5th Dan



Okinawa Shorin Ryu

Raymond Mbazima

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Wycliffe Mushipi

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Fradson Shavi

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Lytton Zulu

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Douglas Chivandire

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Godwin Murambiwa

1st Dan



Dentokan Nihon

Munyaradzi Ezekiel Mangaba

1st Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

John Phiri

1st Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

Isaac Banda

1st Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

Zacky Zimba

1st Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

Luke Phiri

1st Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

Raymond Mbazima

5th Dan



Okinawa Goju Ryu

Munyaradzi Ezekiel Mangaba

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

John Phiri

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Kelvin Mofya Chikwanda

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Isaac Banda

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Zacky Zimba

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Dora K. Zulu

1st Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Luke Phiri

2nd Dan



Dentokan Okinawa

Raymond Mbazima

5th Dan



Dentokan Okinawa Tested: 30/4/2008

Hobbs Sensei expressed his sincere appreciation for all the hard work that went into making this event possible. He also expressed his thanks to Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe and his family for their kind hospitality during his stay, both during and after the seminar and conference.

07-31-11 From Moodlee Choa, Shihan, General Secretary Dentokan Zambia:

Mufulira Karate club of the Copperbelt province successfully hosted a club karate championship at Chawama hall-Mufulira on Saturday 30th July 2011.
The championship attended by eight (8) clubs from two karate associations namely Shotokan Karate Association of Zambia and Dentokan Martial arts Association of Zambia saw Kalewa Barracks Karate Club of Ndola emergy overall winners.
Shotokan clubs present were Kamuchanga,Nchanga,Kalewa,Zamefa and hosts Mufulira while Dentokan was represented by Mighty Conquerors karate academy,Green Buffaloes and Tg-Argan Karate Club.
Categories were Sub juniors,Juniors and Seniors and both kata and kumite.
Results as per the rules used for this championship were as below.

Club Sub junior junior senior Total
1.Kalewa 15 15 15 45 Champion
2.Mufulira 12 14 15 41 1st Runners up
3.Tug – Argan 14 14 14 41 2nd Runners up
4.Nchanga 12 12 12 36
5.Kamuchanga 12 12 11 35
6.Green Buffaloes NIL 15 17 32
7.Mighty ConquerorsNIL 12 12 24

Club Sub junior junior senior Total
1.Kamuchanga 2.5 7 8 17.5 Champion
2.Mufulira 4 4 7 15 1st Runners up
3.Green Buffaloes Nil 7 5.5 12.5 2nd Runners up
4.Kalewa 5 5.5 1 11.5
5.Tug – Argn 5 6 0 11
6.Nchanga NIL .5 5.5 6
7.Mighty ConquerorsNIL 5 NIL 5
8.Zamefa NIL NIL Nil NIL

1.Kalewa 56.5 Champions
2.Mufulira 56 1st Runners up
3.Kamuchanga 52.5 2nd Runners up
4.Tug Argan 52
5.Green Buffaloes 44.5
6.Nchanga 43
7.Mighty Conquerors 29
8.Zamefa NIL

To wind up the championship ladies and under 5 years boy demonstrated individual kata and kumite to the excitement of the audience.

Director and Counsellor of Christian Resource Center of Luanshya town Dr Patrick G. Coleman graced the championship.
Others present included club leaders and Zambia army officers.

For further details about the championship contact the hosting club leader Sensei Sunday Mwansa on 0968252045.

07-09-11 From Moodle Chola, General Secretary of Dentokan Zambia:


Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia held a gruelling eight hour karate championships at Italian School Lusaka on Saturday 09th July 2011 starting at about 09:00hrs.Nine clubs participated in both kata and kumite namely Kaunda Square, Mutendere, Mufulira, NRDC, Nakambala, Mighty Conquerors, Jacaranda, Young Tigers and independent members. Others clubs represented in different capacities included Chelston, Andrews, YMCA, African Directions, Green Buffaloes and Co-operative College.
The championships started on high note were Young Tigers beat Mufulira on slip point decision. Pride Kambilombilo of Mufulira emerged under 12 years Boys kata champion while 7 year old Aron Kapusa of Nakambala beat club mate Chrivious Mweembani in the same age category exciting kumite.8 year old Lukwesa Chola beat twin sister in under12 years Girls kata. Junior men kata championship went to Kelvin Kambilombilo of Mufulira after beating Smart Lumbembe of Nakambala. Presslee Chola of Mufulira beat Ellis Willis of Mighty Conquerors in senior men kata. Marjorie Nkonde of Maina Soko Military Hospital participating as independent beat Olipa Daka of Mufulira in ladies kata final. Marjorie settled for second position in weapon kata final against Green Buffaloes’ Kenny Musonda. Winding up kata category Liyali Nyambe of Young Tigers beat Albert Hamainde of Nakambala in under 16 years kata. In the same age category final Thopson Mweembani of Nakambla beat club mate Albert.
In Junior men kumite Bwalya Chisansa of Mufulira beat Smart Lumbembe of Nakambala while clubmate Evaristo Mwambwa emerged senior men kumite champion beating Coornlee Chola in the final. Olpia Daka of Mufulira proving to be HAYASHI- HA Botswana karate championships double gold medallist revenged beating Marjorie in ladies kumite.
Albert Hamainde and Marjorie Nkonde were voted best male karateka and best female karateka respectively.
Below are the category results for those that got certificates as champion and runner up respectively.

Team kata
1.Young Tigers – Lusaka province
2.Mufulira –Copperbelt province

Under 12 years boys kata
1.Pride Kambilombilo – Mufulira
2.Chrivious Mweembani – Nakambala

Under 12 years girls kata
1.lukwesa Chola – Mighty Conquerors
2.Chisha Chola – Might Conquerors

Under 16 years boys kata
1.Liyali Nyambe – Young Tigers
2.Albert Hamainde – Nakambala

Junior men kata
1.Kelvin Kambilombilo – Mufulira
2.Samrt Lumbembe – Nakambla

Senior men kata
1.Presslee Chola – Mufulira
2.Ellis willis – Mighty Conqureors

Ladies kata
1.Marjorie Nkonde – Independent
2.Olipa Daka – Mufulira

Weapon kata
1.Kenny Musonda – Green Buffaloes
2.Marjorie Nkonde – Independent

Under 12 years boys kumite
1.Aron Nakambala
2.Chrivious Mweembani – Nakambala

Under 16 years boys kumite
1.Thopson Mweembani – Nakambala
2.Albert hamainde – Nakambala

Junior men kumite
1.Bwalya Chisansa – Mufulira
2.Smart Lumbembe – Nakambala

Senior men kumite
1.Evaristo Mwambwa – Nakambala
2.Coornlee Chola – Mufulira

Best male karateka – Albert hamainde
Best female karateka – Marjorie Nkonde

Sensei Kingfred Chewe was arbitrator of the championships assisted by Green Buffaloes senseis in refereeing and judging.

Dentokan National President /Chief instructor kyoshi (master) Wycliff Mushipi graced the occasion. After certificates presentation he congratulated winners and encouraged the rest to work hard next time. He encouraged all to attend the weekly preparatory clinics for the international clinic in August to be at Olympic Youth Development Center.
Others present were shihan (master) Lytton Zulu of Andrews, Sensei Munyaradzi Mangaba of YMCA, sensei John Phiri of African Directions, sensei Eddie Mwila Shotokan Karate Association of Zambia Midlands Region Tournament Organizer, sensei Simba Mangaba leader Kyokushin kan Zambia and Mr Kennedy Sikombe Vice Secretary Nakambala karate club.

Sensei Perry Ziba’s Tug -Argan barracks karate club and Choma karate club failed to attend due to transport and communication challenges. Other clubs did not attend because of other karate engagements. All confirmed.

Dentokan Zambia now focuses on the August international clinic before championships resume. The Association is also looking forward to having a Special General Meeting to review its operations in an effort to further improve its performance.

07-09-11 We regret to report, that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Joint Dentokan - Nippon Seibukan Academy course, Indianapolis, Indiana, scheduled for 15-17 July 2011 has been canceled. However, the upcoming U.S. courses in New York City (21-23 October 2011) and Leland, North Carolina (11-13 November 2011) are still on track.

07-07-11 New Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. policy statement: "The worldwide Dentokan and the Nippon Seibukan Academy are both member organizations of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei. As such they are mutually supportive of one another's Budo activities. Dentokan members are authorized to hold membership and office in the Nippon Seibukan Academy." [Point of Clarification: The Nippon Seibukan Academy, which is located in Kyoto, Japan is in no way associated with George Parulski's Dai Nippon Seibukan Budo Bugei Renmei/Kai.]

07-03-11 Col Hobbs traveled to Ipswich, England, the United Kingdom to teach a week long series of KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu courses, which culminated in a joint Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. - Nippon Seibukan Academy seminar the weekend of 25 &26 June 2011. Participants came from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Slovenia, and the United States. During the course of the week gradings occured for a small, select group. Those who achieved promotions were: Lloyd Allum - Hachidan, Hanshi, &Shihan of KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu; Angelo Ragucci - Rokudan of Nihon Aikijujutsu Dentokan; David Cook - Godan &Shihan of KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu; Dr. Hutan Ashrafian - Godan of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan; Eddie Cinquini - Yondan of Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan; Stephen Shaw - Nidan of KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu, and Neil White - Nidan of Nihon Aikijujutsu Dentokan. The whole week of activities were sponsored and organized by Allum Hanshi, who did an absolutely superb job. Lloyd was a fantastic host and Col Hobbs thoroughly enjoyed his return visit to Ipswich.

Following the week of teaching in Ipswich, Col Hobbs traveled to Eastcote, Northamptonshire, England for some much needed rest and relaxation. Col Hobbs stayed in the home of Neil, Laura, and Anna Malpas, who are dear friends. Also staying the week in the Malpas family home was Chris Spencer-Hicks, a long time student and friend of Col Hobbs. Aside from the R&R, Neil, Chris, and Roy engaged in extensive Goju-Ryu Karate training. Neil was also evaluated for advancement in Okinawa Kobujutsu Dentokan, of which he achieved promotion to Nidan. Additionally, both Neil and Chris, were promoted to Shodan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. A big thank you to the Malpas family for the wonderful hospitality.

06-28-11 From our Vice President, Dr. Stephen Chan, PhD, OBE:

Dear Friends

I said to some of you this last weekend, at the wonderful clinic Lloyd Allum organised, and at which Roy Hobbs taught (in alarmingly good form), that I would send this flyer. Do have a look at it. The Solomon Islands, where Dr Andy Roosen now teaches, is one of the poorest places in the world, with mass unemployment and where those who are employed earn an average of only $US1000 per year.

For the first time, this tiny and poor country will send a national karate team to the Pacific Games in New Caledonia. They are all Dentokan fighters trained by Dr Roosen, and they include a female fighter. They could pick up some bronze medals - although, obviously, they are aiming higher, having good spirit.

Please help them. They need US$4000 to complete their financial needs, and they need it quite swiftly. Dr Roosen's brochure, attached, gives all the background and details, including his own email address for queries. If we can all give a little, the team will have lift-off. Andy Roosen is an excellent coach, having been himself an excellent competitor. It is only right that the stadium in New Caledonia should resound with his interesting use of encouraging language as his fighters do their country justice. The Solomons have never won anything in any major championships. Let's help the team make history and thereby honour the country about which none of us know anything, but of which they are very proud.



Click for flyer: SI Karate Team Pacific Games 2011.pdf

06-26-11 Col Hobbs is very pleased to announce that Ales Primcic has been appointed the new Dentokan representative for Slovenia.

06-22-11 There will be an instructional clinic and Karate championship in Zambia early next month. For complete information please see below:

Dear Dojo Heads,

Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia will host a clinic and karate championships on 02nd July and 09th July 2011 respectively at Italian School, Lusaka at 08:30hrs.

-Date: Saturday 02nd July 2011.
-Meant to intensify preparations for August international event.
-Register to be marked.
-Karateka must come with karate weapons – one weapon one karateka.

-Date: 09th July 2011
-World Karate Federation rules and regulations shall apply.
-Team kata to include bunkai.
-Karate weapons included.
-Women and children are encouraged.
-Participation is K20,000=00 per participant.
-Prizes – certificates.

For further details contact the undersigned on mobile: +260977727080 or email: moodlee@yahoo.com.

Yours in National Sports Development,

Moodlee Chola (Godan Shihan)
General Secretary

06-08-11 The Union of Africa Karate Federation, the African member organization in the World Karate Federation, held their Zone 6 (13 countries of Southern Africa) Karate Championships on 28 May 2011 in Mozambique. We are very pleased to report that three Dentokan Zimbabwe members won medals:



(Under 75kg)

The Zimbabwean team was coached by Dentokan Zimbabwe's Paul Danisa, Godan &Renshi, who was the first Zimbabwean adult gold medalist many years ago.

We congratulate the medal winners, the entire Zimbabwean team, and Coach Danisa for their outstanding performance.

05-29-11 We are pleased to announce the results of the Nakambala Individual Karate Championships. A hearty congratulations to the winners, competitors, officials, and sponsors for such a successful event:

Dentokan Martial arts Association of Zambia in conjunction with Nakambala karate club hosted Nakambala individual karate championships at Nakambala Community hall in Mazabuka on Saturday 28th May 2011.The grueling eight-hour championships was attended by about 100 karateka from Choma, Nakambala, Green Buffaloes, Mighty Conquerors, NRDC and Young Tigers.

Full results were;

10 years kata
1. Junior Beenzu - Nakambala
2. Mate Siabango - Nakambala
3. Abraham Choongo - Nakambala

12 years kata
1. Chrivious Mweembani - Nakambala
2. Raymond Zulu - Nakambala
3. Matakala Ngombe - Nakambala

14 years kata
1. Vincent Lipanga - Nakambala
2. Albert Hamaida - Nakambala
3. Allan Nduruma - Nakambala

17 years kata
1. Dan Mulauzi - Buffaloes
2. Mike Siazilo - Nakambala
3. Micho Zulu - Nakambala

Senior kata
1. Kelly mukosa - Buffaloes
2. Charles Phiri - Buffaloes
3. Reagan Sichone - Buffaloes

10 years Kumite
1. Mate Siabango - Nakambala
2. Abraham Choongo - Nakambala
3. Junior Beemzu - Nakambala

12 years kumite
1. Chrivious Mweembani - Nakambala
2. Raymond Zulu- Nakambala
3. Matakala Ngombe - Nakambala

14 years kumite
1. Albert Hamainda - Nakambala
2. Raphael Siamubayi - Nakambala
3. Obrien Nyambe - Nakambala

17 years kumite
1. Brighton Lubinda - Nakambala
2. Robert Nyangu - Nakambala
3. Christopher Musoni - Choma

Senior – 60kg kumite
1. Charles Phiri - Buffaloes
2. Redson Han’gandu - Buffaloes
3. Edmond Zulu - Buffaloes

Senior – 67kg kumite
1. James Muke - Buffaloes
2. Reagan Sichone - Buffaloes
3. Danny Mulauzi - Buffaloes

Senior – 75kg kumite
1. Andrew Kabamba - Choma
2. Clive Gatsi - Choma
3. Evaristo Mwambwa - Nakambala

Senior – 84kg kumite
1. Slater Mushila - Buffaloes
2. Cathel Siamazenta - Nakambala
3. Maurice Michelo - Nakambala

Best Karateka of the day
1. Chrivious Mweembani - Nakambala

The following were upgraded to their next belt grades after an outstanding performance;

1. Chrivious Mweembani - Blue belt
2. Raymond Zulu - Blue belt
3. Albert Hamainda - Orange belt

In attendance were Green Buffaloes Karate Club Chairman Lt. Col Maulu, Choma karate club team leader Pitcher Nc’ube, Mighty Conquerors Karate Academy Patron Lytone Kanowa Nakambala karate club secretary Sam Mandunga and Nakambala Community Development Officer Kingston Hagonka.
Association challenges remain to be equipment, medals, general sponsorship etc.
The association looks forward to hosting the June international karate championships and August International clinic.
National team training is meantime at Africa Directions and soon may move to Salim dojo after finalizing arrangements.

Prepared by: Moodlee Chola (Godan Shihan), General Secretary

05-28-11 We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Andy Roosen, President of the Solomon Islands Dentokan National Federation and Director of Dentokan Operations in Oceania, has been appointed the National Coach for the Solomon Islands' Karate Team. This is quite an achievement, and a clear indicator of the good character and technical expertise of Dr. Roosen. In line with his duties and responsibilities please see this link, which announces the National Team selections: Pacific Games Final Team.pdf

05-25-11 From Col Hobbs: I had a short, but rewarding trip to Colorado Springs. My main purpose in making the trip was to officially give Second Lieutenant Sarah Smith her commissioning oath. It was a big honor to be asked by her to give the oath. For those that don't know Sarah, she was one of our senior students at the Dentokan Hombu dojo in O'Fallon, Illinois before she went away to the U.S. Air Force Academy. An outstanding Karateka and competitor, she's made us all proud yet again. Here's a link to Sarah's Academy graduation photo: SarahSmith.jpg

Originally I was going to stay in a hotel in Colorado Springs, but Captain Jason Gramling, U.S. Army Infantry, who'd just recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, invited me to stay at his place. Jason was Sarah's senior at the Hombu dojo, and he departed not long after her. Loosing both of these fine Karateka dealt a significant blow to our instructor staff at the Hombu. But others have stepped up and we're getting well again. While at Jason's we took advantage of the time and practiced Dentokan Iaijutsu. At the end of the training I was pleased to promote Jason to Yondan in Dentokan Iaijutsu. He was awarded his Shihan menkyo as well. To Jason I want to openly say how proud all of us are of what he's accomplished in his Army career and in the martial arts. Here's a photo of Jason and I shortly before I had to depart for home: CptJasonGramling.jpg

05-18-11 The 2011 Dentokan International Seminar &Conference will be taking place in Zambia and Zimbabwe this summer. The Zambia portion will occur in Lusaka from 15 August to 20 August. For complete details and registration procedures, please go to the following links:
2011 Dentokan Seminar Registration Form - International.doc

05-13-11 All Dentokan time-in-grade requirements have been organized into a single document. Please go to the link to view and print the document. DentokanT&G-Req.pdf

05-11-11 The Nakambala Leopards Karate Championships will be held on Saturday, 28 May 2011. The location is Nakambala, Zambia. For full details please click on the following:
Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia.docx

05-04-11 From Erik Johnstone, Shihan, Special Advisor for Dentokan East Coast Operations:

Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Course Held in Ontario, Canada (submitted by Erik Johnstone):
I am pleased to add to Hobbs Sensei’s announcement of the recent expansion of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu north of the US-Canadian border and the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei’s new official representation in the great and vast country that is Canada. William Klym Sensei, a long time practitioner and instructor of Hakko Denshin-ryu Jujutsu, had previously inquired Hobbs Sensei with an interest in the possibility of membership within the Dentokan. As a result of that inquiry and follow –up conversations, I was invited to conduct an Aiki Jujutsu course at his dojo in Guelph, Ontario, held over the first weekend of April. Matt Ubertini, Dojo-cho of Masakatsukan Dojo in New York, also made the trip to provide his always excellent ukemi skills as well as to assist during the course.
The course commenced on the evening of my arrival on Friday, with a special session for Klym Sensei and his senior-most students. The focus for the evening session was on Shodan-gi, so that they could get a feel for differences in approach and technical execution. The main portion of the course took place on Saturday, with nearly all of Klym Sensei’s students in attendance, many of whom are police officers from various regional departments in southern Ontario. We choose to give everyone a feel for the spectrum of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu, teaching a comprehensive, principle-based session. With a number of principles derived from a handful of waza, I think that we everyone a good introduction to the almost limitless potential for the application of Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu. Sunday morning featured a brief review of waza from Shodan-gi for all participants. We were also afforded the honour to sit on a testing board with Klym Sensei and his senior student Paul St. Denis Sensei for a special shodan grading examination for Annamaria Bartolomucci. Ms. Bartolomucci performed very well, executing strong techniques on her much larger uke! We were happy to recommend her for advancement to shodan, which, along with Klym Sensei’s and St. Denis Sensei’s current Hakko-Denshin-ryu grades, will be recognized by the Dentokan.
We all certainly had a great weekend of training and camaraderie that weekend. Klym Sensei and his students were all incredibly gracious in their hospitality and were just great fun to be around! On a personal note, it was also a very special weekend for me. As a Canadian citizen with very deep roots in Ontario (but who has lived his life outside of Canada) I was truly honoured and privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to go back home to present Hobbs Sensei’s art and to have been part of successfully establishing Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu in Canada. In closing, I offer my gratitude to everyone at the Guelph dojo for welcoming me “home” and on behalf of Col. Roy J. Hobbs Hanshi and the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, I am both honoured and thrilled to welcome William Klym Sensei, Paul St. Denis Sensei and all the students of the Shinsengumi Dojo in Tiverton, Ontario and the Guelph, Ontario dojo to the Dentokan!
In Gratitude, Erik A. Johnstone

04-30-11 We have several updates as follows:

We are very pleased to announce we now have a Dentokan Representative in Canada. His name is Bill Klym and he comes to us with a long history of martial arts training to include Aikijujutsu. Klym Sensei teaches at his Shinsengumi Dojo in Tiverton, Ontario.

The dates for the course to be held at Matt Ubertini's Masakatsukan Budo Dojo in New York City have been determined. The course will be held 21-23 October 2011. Details will be out in the near future. Until then one can find information about the Masakatsukan Budo Dojo by visiting the dojo's website: http://www.nycbudo.com/

We are proud to announce the promotion of Jeffery Foutch to Yondan in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan. Jeff came to the Dentokan Hombu Dojo in O'Fallon, Illinois approximately seven years ago. He had already studied Okinawa Karate for many years, but made the transition to Dentokan Karate through hard, diligent training. As Hobbs Sensei's primary assistant in teaching Karate at the Dentokan Hombu Dojo, Jeff was also presented with a Shihan menjo in recognition of his teaching activities.

We now have some pictures from the 8-10 April 2011 course, held at the Shindokan Dojo / Black Bear Martial Arts Center in Pawcatuk, Connecticut. Click for photos: Course Photos.zip

04-26-11 From Neil Malpas of One Dentokan:

Dear Friends

We are delighted to announce this year's awards.

Please see the Awards page on the website for further details (the page has some detail still to be added, but the main items are in place).

The link is as follows


Please do forward this on to our friends and colleagues in the wider Dentokan

Donations welcome as we go forwards - please check the website for details

Regards to all on behalf of OneDentokan

04-23-11 Dentokan Zambia Karate Team Selection Accomplished! We congratulate the winners, all competitors, organizers, and officials for such a successful event. Please see a full report below:

Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia successfully hosted the first selection for the national team on Saturday 23rd April 2011 at Italian School for the triangular championship to be hosted in June. The championship graced by Dentokan National president kyoshi Wycliffe Mushipi featured Chelston, Zangi, Mazabuka, Buffaloes, Mighty Conquerors and Power team. Kyoshi Mushipi advised all to train hard and equally prepare well for the Dentokan International seminar in August. Kelly Mukosa of Green Buffaloes was voted karateka of the day. Kelly beat Loyd Siluyele of Zangi in the senior kata final. Dewin Tete of Buffaloes beat club mate Edmond Zulu in junior kata final. Aswell Phiri (Zangi), Vincent Lipanga (Mazabuka) and Mwape Kabamba (Buffaloes) were champions in Under 17 years, Under 14 years and Under 12 years respectively. In an exciting Under 17 years kumite dreadlocked Ngoma Musimu of Zangi skillfully stole the limelight. Chrivious Mweemba (Mazabuka) beat Buffaloes’ Mwape Kabamba in Under 12 years Kumite. Vincent (Mazabuka), Charles Phiri (Buffaloes), Slater Mushila (Buffaloes) and Liswaniso Lisulo(Mazabuka) were champions in Under 14 years, 60kg, 70kg and 80kg respectively.
Full results were as below:

12 Years Kata
Champion - Mwape Kabamba (Buffaloes)
1st Runner up – Danyaal Dawoodjee (Power Team)
2nd Runner up – Chrivious Mweemba (Mazabuka)

14 Years Kata
Champion – Vincent Lipanga (Mazabuka)
Runner up – Vorak Beenzu (Mazabuka)

17 Years Kata
Champion Aswell Phiri (Zangi)
1st Runner up – Ngoma Musimu (Zangi)
2nd Runner up – Mike Siazilo (Mazabuka)

Junior Kata
Champion – Dewin Tete (Buffaloes)
1st Runner up – Edmond Zulu (Buffaloes)
2nd Runner up – Dabwiso Mwale (Buffaloes)

Senior Kata
Champion – Kelly Mukosa (Buffaloes)
1st Runner up – Loyd Siluyele (Zangi)
2nd runner up – Charles Phiri (Buffaloes)

12 Years Kumite
Champion – Chrivious Mweemba (Mazabuka)
1st Runner up – Mwape Kabamba (Buffaloes)
2nd Runner up – Raymond Zulu (Mazabuka)

14 Years Kumite
Champion – Vincent Lipanga (Mazabuka)
Runner up –Vorak Beenzu (Mazabuka)

17 years Kumite
Champion – Ngoma Musimu (Zangi)
1st Runner up – Micho Zulu (Mazabuka)
2nd Runner up – Mike Siazilo (Mazabuka)

60kg Kumite
Champion – Charles Phiri (Buffaloes)
1st Runner up – Redson Hang’andu (Buffaloes)
2nd Runner up – Dewin Tete

70kg Kumite
Champion – Slater Mushila (Buffaloes)
1st Runner up – Kelly Mukosa (Buffaloes)
2nd Runner up – Preden Chilambwe (Buffaloes)

80kg Kumite
Champion – Liswaniso Lisulo (Mazabuka)
Runner up – Smart Lumbembe (Mazabuka)

The following junior and senior karateka have been picked to be included in provisional national team.

1. Dewin Tete
2. Dabwiso Mwale
3. Maurice Michelo
4. Edmond Zulu
5. Charles Phiri
6. Loyd Siluyele
7. Kelly Mukosa
8. Redson Hang’andu
9. Slater Mushila
10. Preden Chilambwe
11. Liswaniso Lisulo
12. Smart Lumbembe

Ladies to be called include:
1. Marjorie Nkonde (Buffaloes)
2. Susan Namainga (Buffaloes)
3. Jane Zulu (Buffaloes)
4. Olipa Daka (Mufulira)

Final selection is on Saturday 30th April 2011 at Jesus Army Kalingalinga. Dentokan National Team Manager Salim Dawoodjee thanked all for the good work put in and advised the competitors to keep fit as the needed maximum number for provision team is 25.Training starts soon after the final selection.
Dentokan challenges include equipment like mats, gloves, karate gi, transport etc.

Prepared by

Moodlee Chola
General Secretary
Saturday 23rd April 2011

04-20-11 The United Kingdom based "One Dentokan" charity has made its annual awards. The most recent recipients live in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Solomon Islands. This year is the first time "One Dentokan" has made an award to someone in the Solomon Islands. Please click on the link to view a newspaper article reporting on the award.

04-15-11 Competition Alert! The Dentokan Zambia Individual Karate Championships will be held on 23 April 2011. Please see the link for additional information.
Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia.docx

04-13-11 Col Hobbs will be at the following locations and dates indicated:

7-13 November 2011: Dentokan course (tentative), Leland, North Carolina
October 2011 (Exact date to be determined): Dentokan course, New York City, New York (Course Organizer: Matt Ubertini)
15-22 September: Nippon Seibukan Academy - Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei Budo Festival, Kyoto, Japan
13-31 August 2011: Dentokan International Conference &Seminars, Lusaka, Zambia and Harrare, Zimbabwe
15-17 July 2011: Joint Dentokan - Nippon Seibukan Academy course, Indianapolis, Indiana (Course Organizer: Andy Bryant)
27-30 June 2011: Visiting friends, Eastcote, Northampshire, England
19-26 June 2011: KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu course, Ipswich, Suffolk, England (Course Organizer: Lloyd Allum)

04-12-11 The 3rd Dentokan International Karate Championships will be held in Lusaka, Zambia on 25 June 2011. Competitors from Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will be competing in this event. Any worldwide Dentokan members who wish to participate should contact Moodlee Chola, Dentokan Zambia General Secretary.

04-11-11 The recent course at the Shindokan Dojo / Black Bear Martial Arts Center in Pawcatuk, Connecticut was a resounding success. A Goju-Ryu Karate-Do session was held Friday evening. The Aikijujutsu started Saturday morning with a full mat. By the end of the course on Sunday afternoon, everyone was sufficiently exhausted. Yudansha promotions were earned as follows: Matthew Ubertini to Yondan, James Davis to Nidan, Christopher Gueli to Nidan, and Christopher Morse to Nidan. A hearty congratulations to these individuals. Col Hobbs also wants to thank Erik Johnstone, the course organizer, for his organizational expertise and outstanding hospitality.

03-24-11 Col Hobbs taught a day and a half Karate &Jujutsu course in Gallipolis, Ohio this past weekend (19 &20 March 2011). This was a charity event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gallipolis, Holzer Health Systems, Holzer Clinic, and Gallia Academy. The Friday evening prior to the course, Col Hobbs spoke at the Rotary Club of Gallipolis. His talk centered around the application of Budo training in one's life, to include explanations of Fudoshin, Mushin, and Zanshin. A special thanks from Col Hobbs' to his long time friend Dr. Lee Saltzgaber, MD for the wonderful hospitality shown during his visit.

Click for flyer: 2011Hobbs_flyer.jpg

03-23-11 A message from Eric Johnstone:


The return of Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi/Menkyo Kaiden to Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear Martial Arts in Pawcatuck, CT for another great weekend of Aiki Jujutsu is just under three weeks away. Sensei will be here from April 8th through April 10th.

I have attached a registration form and have included hotel information below. Please note: If you pay via Paypal, the registration fee is $155 for the whole seminar; $85 for one day. Dojo-cho/Study Group Leaders: Please forward the registration form on to your students!
Click for form: 2011 Shindokan Aiki Jujutsu Sem Reg Form.doc

A block of rooms has been reserved at La Quinta in Pawcatuck, CT at a somewhat reduced rate from the normal rates. Please mention Black Bear for the reduced rate.

I currently have a block of 6 rooms (2 are now taken), but there can be additional rooms added to the block if we give them a week's notice.

If you need a room, please make arrangements as soon as possible. If the rooms that I have blocked are already spoken for, please let me know so that I can add some.

Additionally, we may be able to make arrangements to put folks up with some of our guys should the need arise!

If you are planning on attending and are flying in, please let us know what your itinerary is so that we can arrange to pick you up at the airport.

In the interim, if you have any additional questions, please let me know. We hope to see you here at Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear in April!


Erik A. Johnstone, Dojo-cho
Shindokan Dojo

Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai /Jikishin-Kai International
Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei

03-20-11 Dentokan Zambia continues to go from competitive success to competitive success. Here's an update on Dentokan Zambia's latest success, courtesy of Moodle Chola, General Secretary:
Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia.docx

03-04-11 We're pleased to provide the following report from Dentokan Solomon Islands:

27 February 2011

Multipurpose Hall, Honiara, Solomon Islands

I first started liaising with the Embassy of Japan in 2009, when I was trying to apply for their 'Cultural Grassroots Project' in the hope of getting some much needed karate equipment for the country. This process took a very long time and many documents were being shuffled backward and forward between Tokyo and Honiara. But to spare you all the boring details, we were awarded in excess of USD18,000 of equipment and shipping. Subsequently, we were asked to formally demonstrate for the Japanese at an 'Equipment Handover Ceremony' that year. This was the first time we demonstrated karate in public. Since then, we have built a good relationship with the Japanese Embassy here and we have been working towards a new demonstration to strengthen and celebrate Japanese assistance in the country, and they thought a further karate demonstration would be a wonderful way to do this. In our initial consultations, I made the Embassy aware that judo is also being practiced here and encouraged them to widen the scope of the demonstration to include judo, and I said we'd be willing to demonstrate some other items too.

On 27 February at 2pm it was the day to show off everything the 20-strong demonstration team had been working on. I had set a challenging programme which was planned and choreographed to the very small detail, how you walk on and off the mat, the opening and closing formalities, the exact performance of the kata and goshin techniques. I was confident we would give a great performance.

The Honourable Iwanade, Charge D'Affaires of the Embassy of Japan, formally opened the day and gave a speech on the background of the federations. Once he finished, we had to kick off! Our programme started with all 20 displaying a well synchronized performance of pinan nidan. Then, as Andy introduced Matsumura-no-seisan, the front and back lines smoothly disappeared leaving 12 to perform the kata, which again was done brilliantly. Then a bit of clever reshuffling saw 6 line up in a triangle shape to perform pinan yondan. I ensured that this smaller group was lead by my senior female, Janet Gwai.

We then moved on to the bojutsu display. 6 senior brown belts performed toma-no-kun. The bo we used for this were all handmade by one of my brown belts and master carver, Helix Samson. After this, I demonstrated tokumine-no-kun.

Then it was over the centre piece of the demonstration: the goshin jutsu section. Violence against women and children is still very prominent here, so I decided to put together a piece in which a young mother and her son, are harassed and set upon by 3 drunken thugs. It was a risk which paid off! It went down a storm and the crowd loved it. Janet and Ashley (13) beat up Harry, Tommy and Christian in a wonderful display of throws, jumping kicks, punches and kicks. It is all on video and I hope to be able to send it out. The whole scene was done in a very humorous way and the crowd laughed all the way.

Then it was time to show the serious part of goshin jutsu. Whilst I demonstrated the basic kihon or kata technique, Selwyn and Frengy on my right, and Luke and Gerry on my left, showed the applied versions making sure they added plenty of drama worthy of a Hong Kong cinema stunt man! They did a great job. You can see the seriousness on their faces in some of the shots.

This was followed by me performing Kushanku to explain to the crowd where some of these techniques come from. The whole group of 20 then got up again to perform pinan shodan. Thereafter we invited members of the audience for a train-along and after some gentle encouragement, some people joined in - Solomon Islanders are very shy and do not like to perform in front of others. Even Ms Suzuki from the Embassy had a go and showed quite some natural talent for kicking!

We then formally closed the demonstration under roaring applause from the crowd.

Japanese volunteers then did about 10 minutes of Radio Taisou exercises which the crowd loved. And then it was over to the judo federation which displayed a range of break falls, throws and shoulder locking techniques, basically going through some of their kyu grade and shodan kata.

The Japanese and the crowd were very impressed and as we left there were already talks about the next one.

My students are now preparing for the first Honiara Goodwill Martial Arts Tournament on 12 March, which will be Dentokan karate vs. TKD and kungfu. the tournament will feature a kata section of 10-man teams of each school doing synchronized kata, and then 2 senior students of each school demonstrating a higher kata. The kumite section will be 5 junior lightweights of each school working through an elimination tournament to reach the final. Before the final there will be some demonstration fights for higher grades: Dentokan will field 2 ladies to fight TKD, Rachel and Janet, 1 lightweight Christopher to fight TKD and one light heavy weight Desmond and our superheavyweight Ronnie at 120kg to also fight 1 opponent from TKD. The event is the first of its kind and will be held behind closed doors. If it proves a success, more will follow that will be open to the public. As it stands, people are asking for tickets already so the word must have gotten out!


Dr Andy Roosen,
PhD Sports Biomechanics &Motor Control, BSc (1st Class Hons) Sports Science
Godan Renshi and Shihan

President, Solomon Islands Dentokan National Federation
Director for Oceania of Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei
Director &Chief Instructor, Ko Ken Ryu Karate Jutsu International

Click on link for zipped photos: SolomonPhotos.zip

02-20-11 Dentokan Zambia members performed exceptionally well at the recent Zambia Martial Arts Federation National Team Selection. Our congratulations to Dentokan Zambia for such an outstanding performance. Message follows:

Dentokan Martial Arts Association of Zambia participated in the Zambia Martial Arts Federation national team selection held in Kitwe on Saturday, 19th February 2011.Two semi - contact associations were present having the event dubbed Shotokan Vs Dentokan. In Team Kata , Shotokan unanimously beat Dentokan. Jane Zulu and Susan Namainga beat their shotokan opponents in ladies kata. Danyaal Dawoodjee of Salim dojo beat his opponent in under 12 years kata. Kelly Mukosa, James Muke and Boima Chipulu successfully represented Dentokan in individual kata. Dentokan beat Shotokan by a win difference. Over all, Dentokan beat Shotokan.

Dentokan members selected are:

1.Kelly Mukosa to join the shotokan winning team.

2. Boima Chipulu Individual kata

3. Kumite
3.1 Luke Phiri
3.2 Slater Mushila
3.3 Charles Phiri
3.4 Mike Liteta
3.5 Reagan Sichone

Boima was classic both kata and kumite

With full blessings of always supportive Dentokan National President/Chief Instructor Kyoshi Wycliff Mushipi and Dentokan Zambia Chiarman Major Samuel Soko , the winning Dentokan team was sponsored by Dr Olivia Dhas, Sensei Slim Dawoodjee and Mwewa Besa (Dentokan Treasurer).

Dentokan returns to routine on Monday as they look forward to the Botswana event.

Prepared by: Moodlee Chola, General Secretary

02-14-11 We now have a new service available to Dentokan dojos and members. That being the ability to order Dentokan t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. We invite everyone to have a look at the following website: http://www.ad-pro.net/dentokan/ . The site is ready to take orders.

02-14-11 The schedule of events for the upcoming Nippon Seibukan Academy and Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei's Budo Festival in Kyoto has been established as follows:

- Thursday, 15 September - Arrive

- Friday, 16 September - Free Time (Individual Choice)

- Saturday, 17 September - Seibukansai in the famous Butokuden
  -- This will include seminars on Karate, Aikido, Iaido/Kenjutsu, Ko-Budo (Koryu/Old style Budo), and Jukendo (Bayonet fighting)
  -- All participants will receive a menjo (training certificate)
  -- A dinner reception will be held in the evening
  -- Total cost for training, menjo, and dinner is only 10,000 Yen (Approximately $90.00 USD)

- Sunday, 18 September - 20th Annual Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei (SoBuRen) Budosai in the famous Butokuden

- Monday, 19 September - Free Time (Individual Choice)

- Tuesday, 20 September - Seibukan Keiko (Training) at the Zurin-ji Temple in Kyoto

- Wednesday, 21 September - Visit Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) Military Base
  -- This visit is being arranged by Takashi Ishikawa, Hanshi, Kaicho (President) of the SoBuRen

- Thursday, 22 September - Departure, Sightseeing, Free Time, etc. (Individual Choice)

Since the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. is an organizational member of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei, Dentokan members are eligible to attend this Budo Festival. Questions regarding the festival should be directed to Col Hobbs.

02-05-11 Dentokan Zambia recently held its "Dentokan Season Opening Championship". Please see the link for the tournament results. Our congratulations to Dentokan Zambia, the winners, competitors, and officials for a job well done. Dentokan Karate Results.docx

02-02-11 Attention Dentokan Shorin-Ryu &Goju-Ryu Karate-Do practitioners: Please click on the kata link to the left for updates on the Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu syllabi. Both syllabi have slight changes in time-in-grade requirements. The Shorin-Ryu syllabus has a new "Kihon Kata" (Basic Kata), and a slight reordering of kata requirements. You can see the new "Kihon Kata" by associated video clip. All of these changes were made at the direction of Col Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi, President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc.

01-30-11 There was a Dentokan International Tournament recently held in Harare, Zimbabwe. Dentokan members from Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia participated in spirited competition. We congratulate the winners, competitors, judges, referees, and organizers for a job very well done. Please see the link for full results. Report on Dentokan International Tournament.doc

01-29-11 Col Hobbs has been appointed the Branch Director in the State of Illinois for the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai - U. S. A. Branch. He has also been appointed as an Advisor to the International Goju-Ryu Karate Association - Pan America Branch. Additionally, the Dentokan Hombu Dojo is now a Life Member Dojo within the International Goju-Ryu Karate Association - Pan America Branch. All of this is indicative of the high standard of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do being practiced within the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc.

01-24-11 Recent Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Workshops and Growth in the Northeast:

At the request of Robert Herten, Kyoshi, Shorin-ryu (Kobayashi) Karate-do, Erik Johnstone recently taught a Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu seminar at his dojo in New Jersey. The workshop was well attended by approximately 20 Shorin-ryu practitioners from Herten Sensei’s dojo, ranging in experience from kyu grades to seventh degree black belt. Additionally, Matt Ubertini Sensei and Chris Gueli of the Masakatsukan Dojo in New York City, a Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu dojo under Johnstone Sensei’s guidance, attended the session. The seminar, focusing on foundational principles of Aiki Jujutsu, expressed through Kihon and Henka waza, was enthusiastically received by all in attendance and it is hoped that future training sessions will follow. We wish to express of sincere thanks to Herten Sensei for giving us the privilege of inviting us into his dojo to our art with his students. Thanks also to Ubertini Sensei and Chris Gueli for taking excellent ukemi and for their assistance in instruction.

A Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Instructor Development Workshop was recently held at Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center. Lead by Johnstone Sensei, the session was part of a continuing series for senior students that wish to serve as assistant instructors, study group leaders or dojo-cho under Johnstone Sensei’s guidance, and for those from other Jujutsu systems seeking to transition into Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu. The session was attended by seven of Johnstone Sensei’s students at Shindokan Dojo, with Matt Ubertini Sensei and Chris Gueli once again making the trip from New York City to attend as well.

In other developments, Chris “Sarge” Morse, under Johnstone Sensei’s guidance, is now leading a study group in Providence, Rhode Island. The group currently meets once a week, with additional sessions to follow in the future.

01-19-11 From Col Hobbs: This message is especially intended for Dentokan U. S. members. Many Dentokan members outside the United Kingdom, Ireland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Solomon Islands are unaware of the successful, ongoing charitable efforts which have had a tremendous positive impact on our less fortunate Dentokan members. I am personally inviting everyone to go to the following "One Dentokan" URL: http://www.onedentokan.com/#. At the top of the page are some tabs which once clicked on give information on how the charitable activities are organized. Dentokan members outside Great Britain will see the donation methodologies are rather British unique. However, there is a mechanism in place wherein one can donate to an U. S. established charity and designate one's donation go to the "One Dentokan" charity in Great Britain. Your U. S. donation will then be tax deductible in the U. S. If anyone is interested in donating now, or in the future, please contact me personally and I will give you the details.

01-11-11 Please see the attachment for the results of the latest Dentokan Zambia sponsored tournament results. Congratulations to the Dentokan Zambia leadership, winners, and competitors on another very successful event.
Mazabuka Verses Choma karate tournament.doc

01-11-11 We are very pleased to announce that Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Jones has been promoted to Hachidan Hanshi by the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai, Okinawa, Japan. Chief Deputy Jones has agreed to serve as a "Special Advisor" to Col Hobbs on matters pertaining to traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. Congratulations Sensei Jones!

01-04-11 Col Hobbs has been appointed as an "Advisor" to the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei (Soburen), Kyoto, Japan. Col Hobbs' Soburen certificate of appointment was signed by Takashi Ishikawa, the Soburen Kaicho (President).

01-03-11 Hugh Kelley, Hanshi put some very nice comments about Col Hobbs in the recent edition of the United Martial Arts Association International (UMAAI) Newsletter. Kelley Sensei is probably the senior most student of Shogo Kuniba (Deceased) in the United States. One important clarification, the "Seidokan Shorin-Ryu Karate" referred to in the article is the Karate of Seiki Toma, Hanshi (Deceased). The full name of Seiki Toma Sensei's organization was the "Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Seidokan Kyokai." Seidokan is a fairly common dojo name in Okinawa. Other examples are Shian Toma Hanshi's Seidokan, Seikichi Uehara Hanshi's Seidokan, and Koshin Iha Hanshi's Seidokan. With the passing of Seiki Toma Sensei, we now refer to the Shorin-Ryu Karate practiced within the Dentokan as Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate. This helps to differentiate us from the various "Seidokan" organizations. See attachment:
2011 January Osu Newsletter.pdf

12-22-10 I am very pleased to announce that the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. has been accepted into the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei. This is an organizational membership which benefits all Dentokan members throughout the world. My understanding is this is the first foreign martial arts group to be accepted for membership in the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei. The Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei (ZNSBR) is based out of Kyoto, Japan. It is a multi-martial art organization made up of approximately twenty Budo groups located in the Kyoto area. The ZNSBR President is Takashi Ishikawa, Hanshi who is a respected practitioner of Toyama-Ryu Iaijutsu/BattoDo and Jukendo. The ZNSBR Vice Presidents are Yasuo Kawano, Hanshi and Masanori Shinkado. As many of you know Kawano Hanshi is the President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy and a respected teacher of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. I don't know much about Shinkado Sensei, other than that he is a Judo teacher. I have personally met Ishikawa Sensei, and have trained with Kawano Sensei.

12-21-10 Here is a photo from just over a week ago. It's a picture of Prince Charles pinning the Order of the British Empire medal on our Dentokan Vice President, Dr. Stephan Chan, Ph.D. Aside from being an outstanding Budo example, he's also a Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental &African Studies, University of London, London, England. Additionally he was the 2010 International Studies Association Eminent Scholar in Global Development, and serves as an Honorary Professor of Humanities in the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Congratulations Chan Sensei!
Investiture Dec 2010.jpg

12-20-10 Moodlee Chola, Dentokan Zambia's National General Secretary has provided the results of the recent "2010 Dentokan Karate Closing Championships" held in Lusaka, Zambia.
Please see the attachment for complete details:
2010 Results of the Dentokan Karate Closing Championships

12-12-10 Col Hobbs just returned from a week long visit to the Nippon Seibukan Academy in Kyoto, Japan. The main purpose of the visit was to help with the planning and coordination for the upcoming Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei Budosai (Martial Arts Festival), to be held mid-September 2011, in Kyoto. While there Col Hobbs had the pleasure of training in the Goju-Ryu Karate dojo of Yasuo Kawano Hanshi, President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy and Vice President of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei. Kawano Sensei was the senior student of the famous Masafumi Suzuki Hanshi, who was a direct student of equally as famous Eichi Miyazato Hanshi. In addition to attending Goju-Ryu Karate-Do classes, Col Hobbs also attended the Yoshinkan Aikido class of Kiyoyuki Tanaka Sensei. Facilitating Col Hobbs' visit was Koji Uchiyama Hanshi and Baron Yoshihiko Okabe. It was a wonderful visit and the hospitality shown was outstanding.

Click to view pictures:

  • DSCI0008.JPG - Group photo at end of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do class. Left to Right: Takao Tanaka, Hanshi; Unkown Karate Shihan; Roy Hobbs; Yasuo Kawano, President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy; Koji Uchiyama, Vice President of the Nippon Seibukan Academy
  • DSCI0010.JPG - Group photo. Left to Right: Roy Hobbs, Yasuo Kawano, Kiyoyuki Tanaka (Aikido Sensei), Yoshihido Okabe
  • DSCI0011.JPG - Naginata practice at the Butokuden
  • DSCI0014.JPG - Roy Hobbs in front of the Butokuden
  • DSCI0041.JPG - Roy Hobbs with Kiyoyuki Tanaka's Aikido Class
  • DSCI0046.JPG - Nippon Seibukan Academy end-of-year party
  • DSCI0077.JPG - to Right: Yasuo Kawano, Vice President of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei; Roy Hobbs; Takashi Ishikawa, President of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei
  • DSCI0081.JPG - Kawano Sensei in Kamae (fighting stance)
  • DSCI0094.JPG - Kawano Sensei teaching young students

11-20-10 Moodlee Chola, Dentokan Zambia's National General Secretary has provided information on the upcoming "2010 Dentokan Closing Championships" to be held in Lusaka. Please see the attachment for complete details.
2010 Dentokan Closing Championships

11-10-10 Col Hobbs has been awarded Kudan Hanshi in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do by the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai.

11-08-10 From Col Hobbs: I just completed a visit to three Dentokan dojos in and around Indianapolis, Indiana. First I visited Scott Kays dojo in Frankfort. We spent hours going through Shorin-Ryu Karate kata analyzing their Bunkai. The next day I visited Andy Bryant's dojo in Indianapolis where we worked on Aiki Jujutsu, Goshin Jutsu, Goju-Ryu Karate, and Kenjutsu kata. As most of you know, Andy has been instrumental in the expansion of our Iaijutsu syllabus. Lastly, I visited Mike Jones' dojo in Swayzee where we worked both Goju-Ryu Karate and Shorin-Ryu Karate, as well as Goshinjutsu and Iaijutsu. The highlight of the visit to Jones Sensei's dojo was his successfully passing his Rokudan &Kyoshi test in Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do. We also reviewed his extensive law enforcement training and teaching experience in Goshinjutsu, for which he was awarded Shichidan &Kyoshi in Dentokan Goshinjutsu. Congrats Mike! In closing, I want to thank Scott, Andy, and Mike for their outstanding hospitality.

11-03-10 Please see the latest updated schedule for the Dentokan's Annual International Seminar and Conference:

       2011 - Lusaka, Zambia
       2012 - Bakersfield, California, USA
       2013 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
       2014 - Alanya, Turkiye/Turkey
       2015 - Canterbury, England

10-21-10 Please see attachment for information about Sensei Hobbs' joint Dentokan - All Japan Budo Federation (AJBF) teaching activities in England from 18 to 21 Oct 10. Col Hobbs wishes to express a huge thank you to Neil, Laura, and Anna Malpas for their wonderful hospitality, as well as a special thank you to Chris Spencer-Hicks (AJBF U.K. Shidoin) and Dr. Stephen Chan, OBE (Vice President of the worldwide Dentokan family) for their continued support and friendship.
Sensei Hobbs 18-21 October 2010 Teaching Activities.pdf

10-17-10 Please see attachment for information about the joint Dentokan - All Japan Budo Federation seminar held at Moulton College, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.
RJH Seminar 16-17 October 2010 Seminar Report.pdf

10-15-10 Please see attachment for information about the joint Dentokan - All Japan Budo Federation mini-seminar held in Astcote, Northamptonshire, England.
AJBF UK Event 006 October 15 2010 Report.pdf

10-13-10 We are pleased to announce that the Dentokan Logo is now registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Application Serial Number: 85077661.

10-07-10 The event at the Bakersfield Budokan this past weekend was a success. Col Hobbs taught Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and Goshinjutsu on Friday &Monday, as well as Aiki Jujutsu on Saturday. Tetsuo Takamiyagi (9th Dan of Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do &8th Dan of Motobu-Ryu Udundi) taught an introductory level course in Motobu-Ryu Udundi. As always Robin Ramirez and Brandon Ream were great hosts. The Reverend Miguel Jurna was tested and received Godan &Renshi in Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do. Miguel is now focused on learning, practicing, and teaching Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do in which he already holds a Dan grade. We'll be posting some pictures from the whole event as soon as they're available.

09-18-10 Col Hobbs will be teaching a Goshinjutsu course in England the weekend of 16 &17 October. Please see the message below from Sensei Steve Howe regarding the course:

Many thanks for registering for the seminar with Sensei Hobbs.

The event will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October 2010 as planned.

The seminar will be in Northampton at Moulton Sports College, Pitsford Centre, hosted by the Northampton Fitness First dojo.

Timings : 1200-1800 Saturday, 1000-1600 Sunday

Party : Saturday Evening

To help us to plan for the Saturday evening we would be grateful if you could indicate whether you will be coming by using the form at


or by replying directly to this email: stevejhowe@yahoo.co.uk

If you have any questions please contact Steve Howe.

Many thanks and kind regards to all - looking forward to seeing you at the event!

09-07-10 The date of the upcoming seminar at the Bakersfield Budokan, Bakersfield, CA has been changed from 25-27 September to 1-3 October. For more information please go to the Bakersfield Budokan's link on our Links page.

09-06-10 The Aiki Jujutsu and Karate seminar held at Sensei Mike Holmes' Seidokan Dojo in Leland, NC was a huge success. Participants from North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Illinois were in attendance. The seminar organization was superb which warrants a special thanks to Ruby Holmes and Brandon White. A special thank you also to Dr. Mike Nemeth, Erik Johnstone, Matt Ubertini, Chris Gueli, and Chris Morse for their assistance in teaching. Senior gradings were announced as follows: Mike Holmes to Shichidan &Kyoshi of Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan, Dr. Mike Nemeth to Shichidan &Kyoshi of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Dentokan and Okinawa Kobudo Dentokan.

Click to view pictures from the seminar:

  • P8282038.jpg - Colonel Hobbs demonstrating Ude Osae Dori (Arm Pin Art) with Dr. Michael P. Nemeth.
  • P8282044.jpg - Colonel Hobbs demonstrating Kubi Shime Dori (Neck Strangulation Art) with Sergeant Christopher Morse.
  • P8282046.jpg - Colonel Hobbs explaining the details of Kubi Shime Dori (Neck Strangulation Art)
  • P8282049.jpg - Group photo from the Joint ZNBR-Dentokan Course in Leland, North Carolina, U.S.A. (27-29 August 2010)

09-05-10 Col Hobbs has been appointed Fuku Shibucho (Assistant Director) for Zen Nihon Budo Renmei (ZNBR) / All Japan Budo Federation (AJBF) English Speaking Countries. This is in addition to his present role as the Shidoin (Representative) for the ZNBR / AJBF in the U. S.

08-11-10 Adnan Safak Yuksel, Hanshi, President of the Turkish Dentokan National Federation and Director of Dentokan Operations in the Near East, Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa has additionally been appointed as a "International Representative-At-Large". This appointment is based upon his tireless efforts at establishing the Dentokan in nations as diverse as Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Australia, Azerbajan, Nakhichevan, Nagorno Karabakh, and Armenia.

07-13-10 A Message from Col Hobbs:

Friends, this past three-months has been a very busy time for me and many of our Dentokan family as well. I want to hit a few things in reverse chronological order just to keep everyone up-to-date:

1.  30 Apr 10 &1 May, Sensei Scott Kays and his Azamikan Dojo sponsored me to teach a Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate seminar in Frankfort, Indiana. It was a solid course and we covered many of the finer details of kata, bunkai, and the relationship of body mechanics to proper technique and power generation. Scott just recently built a very nice dojo on his property, which made training and teaching there convenient and free of distractions. Scott was also a wonderful host and I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

2.  2 May 10, I visited Shihan Andy Bryant's Denbukan Dojo in Indianapolis for a half-day course on Dentokan Aikijujutsu. Andy, like Scott, has a dojo on his own property which gives the feel of actually being in Japan. The half-day course was well attended and I believe everyone was pleased with the session. This was yet another enjoyable training experience with Andy and his students.

3.  23 Jun 10 was my last day of full time employment. After slightly over thirty-three years in the Army and Air Force, two-years working in a local hospital, and nearly four-years working for a defense contractor I have finally decided to do what I love most, teaching and practicing the martial arts. So, if anyone is interested in having me visit, teach, or sit on a promotion board please drop me a line and we can sort out the details.

4.  25-27 Jun 10, I was sponsored by Shihan Erik Johnstone of the Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center / Shindokan Dojo in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The dojo is owned and operated by my good friend Mark Spear, Renshi who is a very well respected practitioner of Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate. During this two and a half-day course we mainly covered yudansha waza of Dentokan Aikijujutsu, but also had time to do some Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate training as well. I had the good fortune of meeting Sensei Matt Ubertini and his student Chris from the Masakatsukan Budo Dojo in New York City. I was very favorably impressed with both Matt's and Chris' abilities, which I suspect is due in no small part to Shihan Johnstone's teaching efforts. The highlight of this trip was presenting Mark Spear (Godan Renshi) and Matt Ubertini (Sandan) with their menjo from the Zen Nihon Budo Renmei (All Japan Budo Federation). At Shihan Johnstone's recommendation Matt also received his Sandan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. A hearty congratulations to both Mark and Matt! Erik and Mark as always were great hosts and plans are already in the making for a return visit next year.

5.  10 Jul 10, Andy Bryant, Renshi again visited me here in O'Fallon for five hours of nonstop one-on-one training in Dentokan Aikijujutsu and KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu. During this visit we spent the bulk of our time covering KoKamishin-Ryu Jujutsu waza in detail. Andy is one of the very, very few in the U. S. who have trained with me in KoKamishin-Ryu, with most of the Dentokan's KoKamishin-Ryu practitioners being in the U. K. under the able leadership of Lloyd Allum, Hanshi. Andy and I also reviewed Kaiden Gi of Dentokan Aikijujutsu as well as important aspects of the Dentokan's Iaijutsu program. The high point of Andy's visit was me having the honor of promoting him to Rokudan &Kyoshi of Dentokan Iaijutsu. Andy has been instrumental in helping us to revise and expand our Iaijutsu program. Congratulations Andy, it's an achievement well deserved.

6.  25 Jul 10 -7 Aug 10, Diane and I will be in Alanya, Turkiye / Turkey visiting our Dentokan members there. As always we'll be with our dear friend, Adnan Safak Yuksel, Hanshi and his family.

7.  27-29 Aug 10, Mike Holmes, Kyoshi will be sponsoring a Dentokan Aikijujutsu and Dentokan Shorin-Ryu seminar at his Seidokan Dojo in Leland, North Carolina. I'm very much looking forward to returning to where I grew up and visit family and friends in that area. Dr. Micheal P. Nemeth, the U. S. Dentokan National Federation President, will also be in attendance at this course.

8.  Of course 25-27 Sep 10 will see me again at the dojo (Bakersfield Budokan, Bakersfield, California) of Shihans Robin Ramirez &Brandon Ream. I always enjoy visiting the Bakersfield Budokan, not only because of the superb traditional training facilities, but most importantly because of the opportunity to visit with my old friends Robin and Brandon.

9.  Oct 10, we're in the planning stages of organizing another course in the U. K. It'll be in the Northampton area. Please check back on this news page over the next week or so for more details.

10.  Lastly, I have filed the necessary paperwork to have the Dentokan logo officially registered as a U. S. Government recognized and protected Trade Mark. I will let everyone know when the action has been completed.

Your's in Budo,

Col Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi
U. S. Air Force Retired
President, Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc.
U. S. Representative, Zen Nihon Budo Renmei, Kyoto, Japan

06-16-10 The Seidokan Dojo of Leland, North Carolina will be sponsoring a Dentokan seminar 27-29 August 2010. A Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do session will be taught the evening of the 27th. All day courses in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu will be taught on the 28th and 29th. All sessions will be personally taught by Col Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi, President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. and U.S. Representative of the Zen Nihon Budo Renmei, Kyoto, Japan. For additional information please contact Sensei Mike Holmes at: mikerubyholmes@bellsouth.net . Sensei Holmes has been a student of Sensei Hobbs since the early 1970's. Sensei Holmes and Sensei Hobbs were Brother-In-Arms in the North Carolina Army National Guard (Mechanized Infantry).
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06-15-10 This is an absolutely huge announcement: The Vice President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, Inc. and President of the Dentokan Great Britain has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of England. On behalf of the worldwide Dentokan family we offer our hearty congratulations.

Professor Stephen Chan Awarded OBE
Photo Credit: Noel Shelly

14 June 2010

Professor of International Relations Stephen Chan has been awarded an OBE for 'services to Africa and to higher education' in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours list, published on Saturday 12 June.
"I hope the award is of benefit to SOAS as it seeks to project itself as an increasingly important actor in the world of educated public opinion," said Professor Chan in reaction to the announcement. "It's not an award I sought but, after several glasses of champagne, I've decided I'm very happy with it."
Professor Chan is widely respected as a distinguished academic who has made a major contribution to the academic understanding of international politics in general and African politics in particular. He has also made a significant impact on political developments in Africa through his involvement in high-level diplomacy and actions and advice on the ground.
The firstborn son of Chinese refugees to New Zealand, Stephen Chan was a national student president, publisher, newspaper editor and international civil servant before he became an academic, first in Africa and later in Britain.
He began his academic career as a lecturer in International Relations at University of Zambia in 1983 then worked briefly as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wellington before moving on to academic posts at the University of Kent, then Nottingham Trent University, where he was Dean of Humanities. He joined SOAS in 2002 as Professor of International Relations and served as Dean of Law &Social Sciences for five years from 2002 to 2007.
"Stephen really deserves this honour," said SOAS Director and Principal Paul Webley. "As both an innovative scholar and a committed humanitarian, he epitomises the best of SOAS."
Professor Chan has published 27 books on international relations and more than 200 articles and reviews in the academic and specialist press, as well as over 100 journalistic feature articles. Particularly notable are his 2002 biography of Mugabe (Robert Mugabe: A Life of Power and Violence), his 1991 book on Zambian issues (Kaunda and Southern Africa: Image and Reality in Foreign Policy) and his 2006 volume of interviews with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (Citizen of Africa: Conversations with Morgan Tsvangirai). His most recent work is The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism.
Earlier this year, he received the 2010 Eminent Scholar in Global Development award of the International Studies Association, a significant academic honour.
Professor Chan has had a long-term involvement with African causes. He participated in the reconstruction of Uganda after the fall of Idi Amin, and also advised and trained government ministries in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Kenya. He established a consortium that trained the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately before and after independence in 1993. He was also part of a consortium that trained the parliamentarians and ministers of post-Dergue Ethiopia from 1998-9. From 2006-7 he was a member of the Africa-China-US Trilateral Dialogue, an effort to establish a common set of principles to help govern the emerging trade wars involving the three continents.
For nearly 30 years, Professor Chan has also been involved in philanthro work in Africa. In 2001 he established the Kwok Meil Wah Foundation, which assists young martial arts students in Africa. An expert in Karate, he teaches at numerous martial arts clubs in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the majority in deprived areas, during the evenings and weekends of his regular research visits. He also undertakes pro bono legal work on behalf of political refugees seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

06-02-10 A message from Erik Johnstone (Dentokan Aikijujutsu Shihan &Special Advisor for Dentokan East Coast Operations) of Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center, Pawcatuck, Connecticut:

Hobbs Sensei’s visit to Shindokan Dojo is less than one month away. For those who may be considering coming to Connecticut to attend the seminar with Sensei at Shindokan Dojo, you may want to consider making hotel arrangements soon. As we are right on the southeastern CT &southern Rhode Island shoreline, our area is quite busy in the summer! In fact you might want to stay a day or two longer.

Here a few lodging options:

Here’s the website for the Sea Breeze Inn (where you stayed last year); phone is 860-535-2843. Ask for Mukesh and mention Erik Johnstone &Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts.


Also, there is now a La Quinta in Stonington/Pawcatuck (about 5 minutes or so from the dojo)…nicer, I guess, but expensive though, about $159/night (according to the website). 860-599-2400


Days Inn in Mystic; about 10 to 15 minutes from the dojo; rates aren’t too bad for being in Mystic near the tourist attractions. 860-572-0574


There are certainly more hotels in Mystic, but they go up in price quite quickly. Please let us know if you are flying in; we will be happy to pick you up. The best option is Providence, RI. Next best is Hartford, CT. Hope to see you here in Connecticut.

05-24-10 A message from Erik Johnstone (Dentokan Aikijujutsu Shihan &Special Advisor for Dentokan East Coast Operations) of Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center, Pawcatuck, Connecticut:

The third installment of the ongoing Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Instructor Development Workshop Series was held at Shindokan Dojo on May 23. Participants included senior students from Shindokan Dojo as well as the New York City study group.

The previous sessions emphasized Shodan-gi and Nidan-gi (as always coupled with a brief with a look at henka and oyo). Given the progress and technical ability demonstrated by workshop participants, we were able to move forward and focus on the waza of Sandan-gi for the latest session. All participants received the unique “sensations” of Sandan-gi with great enthusiasm and once again, demonstrated an excellent spirit and technical progress.

This session marked the last major preparatory workshop in advance of Hobbs Sensei’s visit to Shindokan Dojo for a seminar to be held over the last weekend in June. We are confident that Sensei will be pleased with everyone’s progress thus far.

05-07-10 A Message from Adnan Safak Yuksel, Hanshi in Turkiye/Turkey:

Dear Friends,

We want to share information on the Turkiye program with our friends.

The course’s aim is to have a vacation with our friends more than just Budo instruction.

Participants to vacation / course; should book not-later-than 20 May 2010 to Blue Star Hotel.

Course Place; Blue Star Hotel
Web: www.bluestarhotel.com
Address; Saray Mahallesi Kizlarpinari Cad. Toramanlar Sok. 07400 Alanya- Antalya / Turkiye
Phone: +90 242 522 10 00 -10 lines Fax: +90 242 522 09 87

Hotel Fee;
1 Person; 45 EUR
2 Person; 75 EUR
3 Person; 100 EUR
Notice; 50% discount for between 02-12 years old children (50% for 45 EUR)

Special Information;
Course instructor; Sensei Roy Jerry HOBBS.
31th JULY 2010; JU-JUTSU COURSE between 10-12:30 A.M
01th AUGUST 2010; JU-JUTSU COURSE between 10-12:30 A.M

Thank you,


05-06-10 Hi Everyone!

Here is the flyer for the upcoming Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu course at Shindokan Dojo in Pawcatuck (Stonington), CT with Hobbs Sensei. We are also planning on including an evening Goju-ryu workshop. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are planning on attending. Also, please feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested. I will be sending a registration form/link shortly.


Erik A. Johnstone, Dojo-cho
Shindokan Dojo

Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei
Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai /Jikishin-Kai International

Hobbs Sensei flyer June 2010.pdf

02-16-10 Erik Johnstone (Dentokan Aikijujutsu Shihan &Special Advisor for Dentokan East Coast Operations) of Shindokan Dojo/Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center has correctly taken the initiative in the New England area of the United States by teaching an instructor-foundation-series of Dentokan Aikijujutsu courses. He will be leading the second installment of this Dentokan Aikijujutsu Instructor Development Workshop Series on March 21, 2010. The first session was held on January 24th and was attended by new Dentokan members from New York; Karate-do yudansha from Black Bear; and Johnstone Sensei's senior students at Shindokan Dojo.

The intent of series, which was implemented with Hobbs Sensei's approval, is to develop a cadre of qualified assistant instructors at Shindokan Dojo as well to provide training to established budo instructors who are seeking to transition into Dentokan Aikijujutsu or add it to their current budo practice.

The series will include a minimum of six four-hour intensives to be held approximately every 6 weeks. At the conclusion of this series, grade will be awarded, with Hobbs Sensei's approval, based on understanding of curriculum, quality of performance and relevant budo experience.

Participation in this series is still open. Should anyone in the Northeast be interested in taking part in these sessions, please contact Erik Johnstone at shindokan1@gmail.com . You do not have to be from the New England area to participate.

02-15-10 Message from Erik Johnstone of the Shindokan dojo in Pawcatuck, Connecticut: "I am looking to schedule a seminar with Hobbs Sensei in June. Based on his schedule, we will be looking at the first or last weekend in June. We will spend two days on Dentokan Aikijujutsu and perhaps include a third session for Goju-ryu Karate-do for those interested." If anyone is interested in attending this seminar please contact Johnstone Sensei. His contact information can be found by going to the following website:

02-12-10 There are a number of upcoming seminars at which Sensei Hobbs will be teaching. These seminars are in various stages of finalization. But, we wanted to get the word out so our members would be aware, and could plan accordingly. As details are firmed up we'll provide additional information:

              April 30 - May 1, Frankfort, IN, Sponsor/Organizer is Scott Kays
              July (exact dates yet to be determined), Alanya, Turkiye/Turkey, Sponsor/Organizer is Safak
              August 28 - August 29, Leland, NC, Sponsor/Organizer is Mike Holmes
              September (exact dates yet to be determined), Bakersfield, CA, Sponsors/Organizers are Robin
                  Ramirez and Brandon Ream

02-11-10 Please see the revised schedule for the Dentokan's Annual International Seminar and Conference:

              2011 - Lusaka, Zambia
              2012 - Bakersfield, California, USA
              2013 - Canterbury, England
              2014 - Alanya, Turkiye/Turkey
              2015 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

01-01-10 Effective 1 January 2010, the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei was legally incorporated in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. This was a logical and necessary next step as the Dentokan has grown exponentially over the past several years.

12-29-09 From Hobbs Hanshi: What is the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei's status as it relates to Okinawa Seidokan Karate-Do? First one must understand that the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei is what is often described as a Sogo Bugei/Budo (combined martial arts/martial ways) group. It is a group which contains more than just Karate, and most of its members practice more than just one art. The Karate practiced within the Dentokan includes both Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu. Our Shorin-Ryu is not simply Seidokan Karate. Our Shorin-Ryu is strongly influenced by two main sources, and one lessor source. The primary, of the two main Shorin-Ryu influences, is the Karate of Toma Seiki Hanshi (deceased) of the Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Seidokan Kyokai. The secondary main influence is the Karate of Toma Shian Hanshi of the Okinawa Seidokan Karate Kobudo Renmei. The lessor influence, especially as it relates to our kihon waza (basic techniques), is from the Shurite/Tomarite elements contained within Nihon (Japanese) Karate-Do. Thus, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do does not simply translate into Seidokan Karate-Do or vise versa. While they have much in common, especially as it relates to kata embusen, they are not synonymous with one another.

12-05-09 Dentokan Karate and Kobudo Association of Zambia held the newly introduced annual event at Andrews Motel on Saturday 05th December 2009.

Full results were as follows:

Senior Mens Kumite
Champion - Kuzwayo Zulu Green Buffaloes
1st Runner up - Nicolas Nkhuwa Power Team
2nd Runner up - Kelvin Yamboto Barclays Bank

Senior Ladies Kumite
Champion - Susan Namainga Buffaloes
1st Runner up - Yamika Banda Budo arts
2nd Runner up - Marjorie Nkonde MCKA

Junior Mens Kumite
Champion - Stanley Kamwengo African Directions
1st Runner up - Ellis Willis MCKA
2nd Runner up - Fredrick Chisala YMCA Libala

Senior Mens Empty Hand Kata
Champion - Mukosa Kelly Buffaloes
1st Runner up - Isaac Banda Chelstone
2nd Runner up - Nicolas Nkhuwa Power Team

Senior Ladies Empty Hand Kata
Champion - Susan Namainga Buffaloes
1st Runner up - Astrida Willombe Budo Arts
2nd Runner up - Yamika Banda Budo Arts

Junior Mens Empty Hand Kata
Champion - Steven Sinkala African Direction
1st Runner up - Ellis Willis MCKA
2nd Runner up - Mwewa Tanga Power Team

Weapons Kata
Champion - Isaac Banda Chelstone
1st Runner up - George Chiyayika YMCA Libala
2nd Runner up - Susan Namainga Buffaloes

Under 17s Kata
Champion - Loyd Siluyele Kuku
1st Runner up - Chimunya Ndambo Kuku
2nd Runner up - Aswel Phiri Kuku

Under 17s Kumite
Champion - Dabwiso Mwale Budo Arts
1st Runner up - Aswel Phiri Kuku
2nd Runner up - Loyd Siluyele Kuku

Junuior Ladies kata and kumite,Flavia had no march.

Best Karate-ka Bonar Noble Award
Under 17         Loyd Siluyele      Kuku
Junior Ladies   Flavia Mulongo     Buffaloes
Junior Men      Ellis Willis           MCKA
Senior Ladies  Susan Namainga  Buffaloes
Senior Men      Nicolas Nkhuwa   Power Team

Senior most Bonar Noble was honored as Zambia Martial Arts Pioneer and Visionary.
Young adao De Assis was one of the two under 17 yrs that convincingly did
weapon against senior ladies and men.
All dentokan clubs were represented....This included teams from Lusaka,
MCKA Mazabuka, and Abdallah's Livingstone team.

Compiled by,
Moodlee Chola
Tournament Organizing Secretary -Dentokan

11-18-09 For those interested, Renshi Andy Bryant of the Indianapolis Denbukan recently had an article published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts (JAMA). Andy has been instrumental in helping us to improve and expand our Iaijutsu program.


Anyone interested can usually find JAMA at Borders or Barnes &Noble. JAMA is an excellent, scholarly magazine and well worth the price.

10-12-09 We are pleased to announce the following appointments: Eric Johnstone to the position of Special Advisor for Dentokan East Coast Operations &Andy Bryant to the position of Special Advisor for Dentokan Mid-West Operations. These gentlemen, along with Robin Ramirez, Special Advisor for Dentokan West Coast Operations, will be assisting Col Hobbs and Dr. Nemeth with the ongoing growth of the Dentokan within the U.S.A.

10-10-09 Special Announcement: Dr. Mike Nemeth has been appointed the President of the U.S. Dentokan National Federation. Col Hobbs will step down from this position, so as to better manage the larger worldwide Dentokan family. Mike has been a 40 year friend and student of Sensei Hobbs, having grown up together and trained together from the very early years until today. A sincere thanks to Dr. Nemeth for taking this on.

09-28-09 The latest iteration of the Dentokan Aikijujutsu Instructors' series of courses took place at the Bakersfield Budokan on September 25 &27, with the main focus being the reviewing of Shihan Gi and the initial teaching of Kaiden Gi. Also, during the evening of September 25, Sensei Hobbs took the opportunity to teach and correct the kata of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do for the Goju-Ryu practitioners in attendance. Promotions resulting from the seminar were as follows:

Dr. Mike Nemeth - 6th Dan &Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Erik Johnstone - 6th Dan &Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Andy Bryant - 6th Dan &Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu (Awarded in his absence: Kaiden Gi having been taught on two separate occasions, with a high degree of proficiency demonstrated prior to the seminar)

Robin Ramirez - 5th Dan &Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Bill Henderson - 5th Dan &Shihan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Brandon Ream - 4th Dan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu, and 2nd Dan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do

Scott Kays - 3rd Dan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Rev. Miguel Jurna - 1st Dan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu, and 1st Dan of Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do

Jesus Fernandez - 1st Dan of Dentokan Aikijujutsu

On September 26 all of the seminar attendees took part in the 2009 KoKoDo Jujutsu Taikai, which was taught by Sensei Hobbs' long time friend and teacher, Soke Yasuhiro Irie. It was truly wonderful to train with Soke Irie again. Everyone expressed many thanks for holding the two seminars at the same location, making it possible to attend both events.

Please go to the links to enjoy two pictures from the event: 2009Bakersfield.jpg, 2009Bakersfield2.jpg

A special thank you to Robin and Brandon for holding the event at the Bakersfield Budokan. As always, the organization was absolutely superb. Lastly, a special thank you to Lloyd Allum who traveled from the U.K. to help with the teaching of Kaiden Gi.

09-07-09 Sensei Hobbs again visited his many students and friends in Turkiye/Turkey. The visit was organized by Adnan Safak Yuksel, Hanshi. Sensei and Diane stayed with Sensei Yuksel and his lovely family during the visit. Emine, Safak's wife, worked very hard during the visit and her efforts are very muched appreciated. Other long time friends who were of endless service and assistance were Celali, Sami, and Gurhan. During the visit Sensei Hobbs and Diane had the wonderful opportunity of visiting various sights throughout Turikye, to include: Gelibolu/Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Assos, Ayvalik, Bodrum, Izmir, and Ephesus. Sensei Hobbs highly recommends anyone looking for a great vacation spot, to visit Turkiye. The historical sights are awesome, the beaches are wonderful, and the people endlessly friendly.

A Jujutsu course was also held during the visit. Aside from the attendance by many of our more senior Turkish students, there were also delegations from Liechtenstein (Christian Bazdaric &Metin Kayar) and Iran. (headed by Dr. Nasrollah Kakavand) Please see the attached picture from the seminar: 2009Turkey.jpg

08-05-09 We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Charles Gallacher as the Representative for Dentokan Aikijujutsu in Scotland. Sensei Gallacher has been a Dentokan member since 2007, and came to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Jujutsu, Judo, and Aikido. His last grading was to Rokudan &Shihan in Yoshin-Ryu Jujutsu. A hearty Dentokan family congratulations to Sensei Gallacher on his appointment.

07-31-09 Our annual Dentokan seminar was held on the grounds of Moulton College, Moulton, Nothampton, England from 15 July through 19 July 2009. Seventeen nationalities were represented at this year's event, to include a significant delegation from Zambia. This year's event truly set a benchmark for organizational excellence under the leadership and hard work of Eddie Cinquini, Neil Malpas, and Jo Marshall. This was a truly special event for Col Hobbs as it brought together many of the original students of Col Hobbs from the original Ipswich Aikijujutsu dojo he established back in 1983, when he was a Captain stationed at RAF Benwaters. This year's program would not have been possible without the assistance of the many seniors who helped with the teaching duties. A big thank you to each and everyone of you.

Senior level testing &promotions were as follows:

Dr. Stephen Chan, Kudan &Hanshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Richard Pearman, Hachidan &Kaiden, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Reg Siger, Hachidan &Kaiden, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Wycliffe Mushipi, Shichidan &Kyoshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Barry Vigrass, Rokudan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Arthur Humphreys, Rokudan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Steve Webb, Rokudan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Paul Prentice, Rokudan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Sian Horn, Rokudan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Dr. Steve Taplin, Godan &Renshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Moodlee Chola, Godan &Renshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Lytton Zulu, Godan &Renshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Bill Pelton, Godan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

Martin Scott, Godan &Shihan, Dentokan Aikijujutsu

As everyone knows we're skipping next year's seminar so as many people as possible can attend the All Japan Budo Federation's Budosai in Kyoto, Japan. But, we are already looking forward to 2011 in Canterbury, England. The Canterbury event will largely focus on Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and Dentokan Iaijutsu.

06-20-09 Due to scheduling conflicts our Dentokan annual international seminars have been reshuffled
as follows:
                         2009 Northampton, England
                         2010 All Japan Budo Federation - Nippon Seibukan Budosai, Kyoto, Japan
                         2011 Canterbury, England
                         2012 Bakersfield, California, USA
                         2013 Belfast, Northern Ireland

06-15-09 On the 13th Sensei Hobbs took part in the 30 year anniversary of the establishment of Sensei Bill Stockey's Shoshinkan dojo in Quincy, IL. Other guest instructors included Sensei Mike Sadler and Sensei George Parulski. Sensei Hobbs taught two sessions on Karate Kumite, with emphasis on footwork, bodyturning, proper hip rotation for power generation, and specialized parrying techniques for quick response to an opponent's attack.

05-30-09 Today Scott Kays visited Sensei Hobbs for training and testing. Sensei Kays oversees his Azamikan Dojo in Frankfort, Indiana. The day was spent with Sensei Kays performing all of the Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do kata, to include the weapons kata. Sensei Hobbs observed, evaluated, and corrected Scott's kata after each kata was performed. Scott performed exceptionally well, and at the end of the session was promoted to Yondan. Congratulations Scott! Also, for everyone's information, Sensei Kays' Azamikan Dojo has been added as a link on our Links Page.

05-09-09 Sensei Hobbs was recently featured in the Spanish martial arts magazine "Budoka".
Click to view pictures: pic1 , pic2 , pic3 , pic4

05-04-09 Sensei Hobbs has returned from teaching the latest in the series of Dentokan Aikijujutsu instructor courses in the United States. The latest course took place at the Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center of Erik Johnstone and Mark Spear in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Experienced Aikijujutsu teachers in attendance were Andy Bryant (Indiana), Erik Johnstone (Connecticut/Rhode Island), Dr. Michael Nemeth (Virginia), Robin Ramirez (California), Bill Henderson (California), and Mike Holmes (North Carolina). The course centered around the teaching of Shihan Gi, but also included instruction on the underlying principles contained within the formal kata, and a review of Shodan through Yondan Gi. Promotions were presented at the end of the course, with the most notable being Dr. Nemeth and Sensei Johnstone achieving Shihan-Godan. A hearty congratulations to Mike and Erik!
Group picture from the event: 2009Connecticut.jpg

04-20-09 The Dentokan Hombu was recently visited by Lt Col Tony Willis. Sensei Willis is Anyu Shinjo's senior most student and representative in the United States. Sensei Shinjo's Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Goykan is a traditional Goju-Ryu Karate group which follows the teachings of the late Eichi Miyazato. Sensei Willis and Sensei Hobbs are long time friends, and this again gave them several days to practice and exchange their ideas as related to traditional Goju-Ryu Karate. Sensei Willis was a tremendous help to Sensei Hobbs in converting his modified Toguchi method of Goju-Ryu kata to that taught by Sensei Miyazato.

03-26-09 Video clips of the Goju-Ryu Karate kata have been added to the kata portion of this website. These clips were originally recorded at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1990s. At that time Hobbs Sensei practiced and taught a modified version of the Toguchi method of Goju-Ryu Karate. Since that time we have shifted to the Miyazato method of Goju-Ryu Karate. While the embusen (patterns) are essentially the same, there are nuance differences.

03-25-09 Many of you have probably noticed a lot of activity occuring on the Dentokan Hombu website. This is largely due to the efforts of our new Webmaster, Per Hagstrom. Per lives in the United States, but was born and raised in Sweden. He immigrated to the United States approximately ten years ago. Per is a direct student of Hobbs Sensei, who he trains regularly with in O'Fallon, Illinois.

03-18-09 Ben Haryo, our Dentokan Representative in Indonesia, just recently hosted Dr. Andy Roosen for a visit. As most of you know Andy is the President of the Solomon Islands Dentokan National Federation and the Director of Dentokan Operations in Oceania. Ben was kind enough to have written an article about Andy's visit. Please click here: andy_visit.doc

03-15-09 Col Hobbs has been appointed the Director of the World Bodyguard &Security Advisor Confederation (WBSAC), U.S.A. Branch.

03-07-09 Col Hobbs has been awarded the "Intercontinental Operative Protection Medal" by the World Bodyguard &Security Advisor Confederation in recognition of his contributions to the security management community.

01-27-09  The first ever instructors only Dentokan Aikijujutsu course was held on the grounds of the Gedatsu Church (Senkakukai Dojo) in Sacramento, California.  It was a three day course (24-26 January 2009).  The course consisted of the in depth study and practice of Shodan Gi, Nidan Gi, Sandan Gi, and Yondan Gi.  At the conclusion of the course various Dan grades were issued based upon experience, technical expertise, and fighting spirit.  Those in attendance (in no particular order) were Dr. Michael P. Nemeth from Virginia, Erik A. Johnstone from Connecticut/Rhode Island, Robin Ramirez from southern California, Brandon Ream from southern California, Bill Henderson from northern California, and Phoenix Torres from northern California.  Sensei Bill Henderson was the course organizer and did a fantastic job.  The next instructors course for this core group will be held in Connecticut/Rhode Island in the late spring or early summer.  Sensei Erik Johnstone will be hosting that event, with details to follow.

01-08-09 Welcome back Mike Jones Sensei to the Dentokan!

01-07-09 Col Hobbs has resigned from the International Bodyguard Association (IBA).

12-21-08 Col Hobbs has been awarded the "Euro-American Cross for Security Training" by the Euro-American Technical Center for Security Trianing in recognition of his contributions to the field of security training.

12-11-08  Dr. Michael P. Nemeth, who is a very long time friend of Hobbs Sensei, visited the Dentokan Hombu for several days.  Dr. Nemeth and Hobbs Sensei spent many hours working the higher levels of Dentokan Jujutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate.  Andy Bryant and Scott Kays, from Indianapolis, Indiana were also here this past weekend for Jujutsu training.  Scott also spent some time having his Shorin-Ryu Karate kata reviewed by Hobbs Sensei.  It was noted that Scott has very significantly improved from his last visit.  Andy performed up to his usual high standard as well.  All are already looking forward to the next training session.

11-24-08 Tony Willis recently visited the Dentokan Hombu for several days.  Willis Sensei, as most of you know, is the US Representative for Shinjo Anyu Hanshi's Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Goyukan.  Shinjo Sensei was a direct student of Miyazato Eichi, at the Jundokan, for many years.  Willis Sensei has been a tremendous help to us as we've converted our Goju-Ryu kata from the Toguchi Sensei method to that of Miyazato Sensei.  A big thank you to Willis Sensei!  We're already looking forward to his next visit.

11-16-08 Please visit www.alljapanbudofederation.com

10-12-08 Col Hobbs spent the weekend of 3 & 4 October teaching another Aikijutsu/Jujutsu course at the Bakersfield Budokan dojo of Robin Ramirez and Brandon Ream. It was a long, but fruitful weekend as we had the opportunity to work on the underlying principles and concepts of our unique Aikijutsu/Jujutsu style. Bill Henderson of Folsom, California was also in attendance. Bill, Robin, and Brandon are our three Dentokan Aikijutsu/Jujutsu stalwarts along the west coast of the United States.

10-01-08 Tony Hammersley has been appointed the Dentokan Representative for New Zealand. Tony is a Dentokan Aikijutsu/Jujutsu yudansha who received his training while living in England, as part of the large Dentokan Aikijutsu/Jujutsu contingent in the Ipswich area. Tony’s appointment was the result of a recommendation by Brian Rogers, Kaiden of Dentokan Aikijutsu/Jujutsu. Col Hobbs and Dr. Chan wholeheartedly concurred. Dr. Andy Roosen, Director of Dentokan Operations in Oceania, will guide Tony in his duties.

09-30-08 Dr. Andy Roosen, the Dentokan National President for the Solomon Islands, has been appointed the Director of Dentokan Operations in Oceania. Oceania includes the following Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Kiribati, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Palau, Wallis and Futuna, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Norfolk Island, Niue, Tokelau, and Pitcairn Islands. This is a huge responsibility, but both Col Hobbs and Dr. Chan know Andy is up to the challenge.

08-20-08 There has been a slight scheduling change to the next several Sekai Dentokan Annual Seminars & Conferences.  Please see below:
                         2009 - Northampton, England
                         2010 - Canterbury, England
                         2011 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
                         2012 - U.S.A., Bakersfield California

08-08-08 This past weekend Hobbs Sensei taught a two-day Dentokan Aikijujutsu seminar at the Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center (BBTMAC), Pawcatuck, Connecticut.  Mark Spear and Erik Johnstone were wonderful hosts, and their hospitality is very much appreciated.  The course itself went wonderfully well with those in attendance having the opportunity to go through both Shodan and Nidan Gi.  Additionally, they were given glimces of Sandan, Shihan, and Kaiden Gi.  Hobbs Sensei was ably assisted by Dr. Michael P. Nemeth of NASA fame, who is a Sandan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu as well as being a Shichidan-Kyoshi in Shorin-Ryu Karate.  The Aikido and Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu background of Johnstone Sensei made him a quick study, which culminated in the BBTMAC being accepted as a Dentokan member dojo.  We were also fortunate to have the opportunity of meeting and training with Adrian Smith Sensei who has an extensive background in Aikido.  He, like Johnstone Sensei, took to Dentokan Aikijujutsu like a duck to water.  Thus, it is with great pleasure that we announce Smith Sensei as a full fledge member of the Dentokan.  Discussions have already begun regarding future Dentokan seminars at the BBTMAC, as well as planned visits of Johnstone Sensei to train with Hobbs Sensei in O'Fallon.

07-19-08 Andy Bryant and Scott Kays visited the Hombu for over five hours of training in Shorin-Ryu Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, Aiki Jujutsu, and Iaijutsu. The training went exceptionally well, and both Andy and Scott are actively teaching Dentokan Martial Arts in their respective dojos. While Andy's dojo has been a Dentokan member for some time, Scott's dojo "officially" affiliated just recently. We offer our thanks to these two fine martial artists for representing the Dentokan in Indiana.

07-12-08 The Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center (BBTMAC) / Shindokan Dojo is hosting Hobbs Sensei on August 2 & 3 (Saturday & Sunday) for a Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu course.  The BBTMAC/Shindokan Dojo is located at 163 South Broad Street (Route 1), Pawcatuck, Conneticut.  For complete details please contact Johnstone Sensei at eajohnstone@cox.net as soon as possible.  There will be other senior Dentokan instructors present as well, with one of the most notable being Dr. Michael P. Nemeth.

07-02-08 Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate kata changes: Following recent discussions with the Dentokan senior Goju-Ryu Karate practitioners in Alanya, it's been agreed that we will shift our Goju-Ryu kata practice and teachings to bring them more in alignment with the kata as practiced within the World Karate Federation (WKF). This decision was made because many Dentokan Karateka compete internationally utilizing the Goju-Ryu Shitei and Tokui kata as outlined in the WKF competition rules and regulations. It was becoming an undue burden on these fine athletes, to require them to learn two slightly different kata sets for competition and promotions. There will be no changes in the Shorin-Ryu Karate kata as taught within the Dentokan.

07-01-08 This year's annual seminar and conference in Alanya, Turkey was absolutely outstanding. Safak Sensei has set the standard for everyone else to meet in the future. The accommodations and training area at the Blue Star Hotel were wonderful. Attendees included Dentokan members from England, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Slovenia, the Solomon Islands, Turkey, and the United States. There were a number of highlights this year. Among them the attendance by Dr. Nasrollah Kakavand from Iran. Following discussions and the completion of training, Dr. Kakavand was established as the Dentokan National President for Iran. We also had some senior gradings as follows: Lloyd Allum (Shichidan, Kokamishin-Ryu Jujutsu), Brian Rogers (Rokudan, Kokamishin-Ryu Jujutsu), Andy Roosen (Godan, Shorin-Ryu Karate), David Cook (Yondan, Kokamishin-Ryu Jujutsu), and Alison Nyoni (Yondan, Shorin-Ryu Karate). We're all looking forward to next year's annual seminar and conference in Northampton, England.

05-27-08 Bill Henderson from Folsom, California visited the Hombu this past Memorial Day weekend for some extensive, and intense, Jujutsu training. Bill and Sensei Hobbs trained nine-plus hours together over two days. Anyone familiar with Dentokan Jujutsu knows that's an accomplishment in itself. Bill, who has an Aikido background, performed exceptionally well. He now heads a Dentokan Jujutsu study group in the Sacramento area. We look forward to many more training sessions with Bill and his group.

04-22-08 Andy Bryant and Scott Kays visited Hobbs Sensei this past weekend. Training consisted of approximately four hours of Jujutsu and Karate training. Both Andy and Scott are doing exceptionally well, and marked improvement was noted in their technique. Andy operates a Dentokan dojo in Indianapolis, and Scott operates a Dentokan dojo in Frankfort, Indiana. Future visits are already planned.

04-21-08 Erik Johnstone, upon the recommendation of Robin Ramirez, has become a part of our Dentokan family. Johnstone Sensei is very well versed in the sword, and has substantial experience in Aikijutsu/Aikido as well. He resides in Rhode Island, and there are plans to conduct a seminar at his soon to open dojo in Connecticut. Plans are to have the seminar the first week in August. Details to follow as we get closer to the date.

04-20-08 Donnie Hayhurst, an old Seidokan friend of Hobbs Sensei, has become a part of our Dentokan family. Hayhurst Sensei is a multi-talented martial artist who will bring much to the Dentokan. His contact information can be found on the Shihans page.

04-18-08 We now have our first Dentokan dojo in Botswana (Southern Africa). The dojo is run by Gondo Gondo, a student of Douglas Chivandire. Gondo is now considered our Country Representative for Botswana, under the guidance of Douglas Chivandre of Zimbabwe, as his direct teacher. With the addition of Gondo's dojo, we now have African dojos in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa.

01-03-08  9th Annual Dentokan Seminar & Conference, 12-15 June 2008, Blue Star Hotel, Alanya, Turkiye / Turkey:  Click Here for more info

11-06-07 The 9th Annual Dentokan Seminar & Conference location has changed from Izmir, Turkey to Alanya, Turkey. Alanya is a very nice tourist/resort area of Turkey, by the sea. This is definitely one of those times to plan a vacation along with the scheduled training. Safak Sensei is working hard to make this another wonderful event. The event is planned for 12-15 June 2008. Details will be forthcoming soon, to include resort information.

10-24-07 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Seiki Toma, Headmaster of the Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Seidokan Kyokai. Sensei Toma was a teacher and close friend of Seikichi Odo. He will be missed.

10-08-07  Sensei Hobbs was hosted by Robin Ramirez and Brandon Ream, Co-Directors of the Bakersfield Budokan, to teach Dentokan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and Dentokan Jujutsu/Aikijutsu, from 26 Sep 07 to 29 Sep 07.  Rev Miguel Jurna traveled from Northern California to take part in the event.  The several days of instruction were culminated with a full-day Aikijutsu seminar on Saturday, with a large number of participants coming from out of town.  Robin and Brandon did a super job in organizing the event, and they're new expansive dojo is really something to see.  It's a very traditional dojo where a wide variety of traditional Japanese and Okinawan martial arts are taught.  It really sets the standard for all of us.

07-23-07 Robin Ramirez and Brandon Ream, from the Bakersfield Budokan, Bakersfield, California visited the Dentokan Hombu for several days of training.  Subjects covered included Shorin-Ryu Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, and Aiki Jujutsu.  There was also some mutual exchange of Iaido/Iaijutsu techniques.  Finally, discussions were held regarding the upcoming September 25-30 visit of Sensei Hobbs to Bakersfield.  It was a fun time for all, especially the six straight hours of Aiki Jujutsu on Saturday. 

06-18-07 The Dentokan annual international seminar and conference schedule is as follows:

2008 Izmir, Turkey

2009 Northampton, England

2010 Belfast, Northern Ireland

2011 Canterbury, England

2012 St Louis, USA

06-15-07 Our annual Dentokan seminar held in Athens, Greece was a hugh success. Eleven nationalities were represented at this year's event, and this is a good indication of how the Dentokan is spreading throughout the world. A special thanks to Nikos Theodorou for his outstanding organizational ability in putting this year's event together. Special thanks also to all the seniors who helped with the teaching duties. It would have been really tough to have done it without your help.

Senior level testing & promotions were as follows:

Brian Rogers, Hachidan & Kaiden, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Chris Spencer-Hicks, Hachidan & Kaiden, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Nigel Goodier, Hachidan & Kaiden, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Giles Chamberlin, Shichidan & Kaiden, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Lloyd Allum, Shichidan & Kaiden, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Jan Pawlowicz, Rokudan & Shihan, Dentokan Jujutsu / Aikijutsu

Martin Rice, Rokudan & Kyoshi, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Thanks to all who attended and look forward to seeing you all again in Izmir, Turkey next year.

06-01-07 This spring the Dentokan Hombu has had multiple visits from Brandon Ream of the Bakersfield Budokan, and Andy Bryant of the Indianapolis Budokan. Brandon concentrated on both Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu Karate. Andy concentrated on Dentokan Jujutsu. Much was accomplished, and future visits are planned.

03-05-07  The plans for the Dentokan Annual International Conference & Seminar are complete.  The seminar events will be held at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, which is a short commute by train from the city center, and the President Hotel Events Hall, Athens.  A brief outline of the seminar schedule follows:

     Wednesday/6 June/6-9 PM, Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate
     Thursday/7 June/6-9 PM, Dentokan Kobujutsu
     Friday/8 June/6-9 PM, Dentokan Kobujutsu
     Saturday/9 June/10 AM - 6:30 PM, Dentokan Jujutsu
     Sunday/10 June/10 AM - 6:30 PM, Dentokan Iaijutsu

For more information please contact the program organizer as follows:

     Nikos Theodorou, President of the Greek National Dentokan Federation
     Irodou Attikou 12a
     151 24 Marousi
     Athens, Greece
     E-Mail:  ntheodor@konkat.gr or ntheodor@paostadium.gr
     Website:  www.geocities.com/dentokan_hellas
     Telephone:  +30 2108093773
     Mobile:  +30 6937171452

Aside from some great training, the tourist and social events should keep everyone very busy and entertained.

02-02-07  Sensei Mike Jones, a Dentokan member for approximately six years, has formed his own Kai.  It is called Gokenkai International and it can be found on our links page.  This move was accomplished with the approval and support of Col Hobbs.  We wish Mike the very best in his new endeavors and fully expect to continue our fine working relationship.

12-05-06  Brandon Ream from the Bakersfield Budokan, Bakersfield, CA recently visited and trained at the Dentokan Hombu for several days.  The training included Shorinryu Karate, Gojuryu Karate, Okinawa Kobujutsu, and Dentokan Jujutsu.  It was also during Brandon's visit that the Bakersfield Budokan became a full member dojo of the Dentokan.  Note:  The Bakersfield Budokan is jointly directed by Brandon and Robin Ramirez, another long time friend of Sensei Hobbs.

10-03-06  Sensei Hobbs just returned from another absolutely wonderful visit to Turkiye.  This time he was in Alanya, along the Mediterranean Sea, in the southwestern part of the country.  The visit was sponsored by Adnan Safak Yuksel, a long time student of Sensei Hobbs, who is a very accomplished teacher of Karate (both Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu), Kobudo/Kobujutsu, Jujutsu, and Iaijutsu.  As always Sensei Hobbs was very impressed with the high degree of technical expertise demonstrated by our Turkish Dentokan members.  It is a testiment to the hard work of Sensei Yuksel.  The visit included a day of one-on-one work with Safak on Goju-Ryu Karate bunkai and Kaiden waza of Dentokan Jujutsu.  The culmination of the visit included seminars on Dentokan Jujutsu and Dento-Shoshin-Ryu Iaijutsu.  All the participants thoroughly enjoyed the course and plans have already begun for a return visit.  A big thanks to Safak, his family, students, and friends for all there hard work in putting this visit together.  As always the hospitality was the very best.

07-21-06  The Indianapolis Budokan dojo, under the guidance of Sensei Andy Bryant, has become a part of the Dentokan family.  Andy and his students are excellent sword practitioners and are a welcome addition to our family.  Andy and his students will be studying both Iaijutsu and Jujutsu with us.  For information on the Indianapolis Budokan go to their website:  www.indybudokan.com

07-18-06   Sensei Hobbs taught jujutsu and iaijutsu at the Indianapolis Budokan this past weekend.  It was a most enjoyable event, with opportuntities to visit old friends and make new ones.  A big thank you to Andy Bryant for organizing the event

06-26-06  The weekend of 23-24 June Sensei Hobbs conducted a Karate and Jujutsu course at the Bakersfield Budokan in Bakersfield, California.  The course went very well and everyone had an enjoyable time.  Sensei Hobbs was especially happy to see old friends like Juan Carbajal and Robin Ramirez.  Brandon Ream was a gracious host and Sensei Hobbs extends his sincere thanks to everyone for a very pleasant weekend.

4-26-06 Thanks to Dr. Chan's efforts in South Africa, Mr. Henry Paulse has started a Dentokan affiliated kobudo/Kobujutsu group. It's officially called the South African Dentokan Kobujutsu Association. We look forward to working with Sensei Paulse.

4-16-06 Following the Lusaka event Col Hobbs and Dr. Chan traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe and conducted a three-day course there. Thanks to the organizational efforts of Godwin Murambiwa, the Harare event was also an outstanding success. The hospitality shown during our visit to Zimbabwe was most excellent. Fradson Shavi's leadership, assisted by the other seniors there, has built a strong Dentokan following in Zimbabwe and is highly commendable. Testing was held the last day of the course. Senior Shorinryu Karate promotions awarded were as follows: Fradson Shavi - Rokudan & Kyoshi, Douglas Chivandire - Godan & Renshi, Paul Danisa - Godan & Renshi, and Angelo Hlatywayo - Godan & Renshi.

4-16-06 The 7th Annual Dentokan International Conference & Seminar held in Lusaka, Zambia was a tremendous success. Col Hobbs wishes to thank Mr. Bonar Noble for his kind hospitality and sponsorship, as well as Mr. Lytton Zulu for all of his organizational efforts which resulted in the event coming off without a single misstep. Many thanks must also go out to Dr. Stephen Chan, Chris Spencer-Hicks, and Martin Rice for assisting with the teaching duties during the five-day course. We also wish to convey a special thanks to Judy Makukisi for arranging the VIP treatment at the airport. It was very much appreciated. All participants worked extremely hard and deserve a hearty well done. Testing was held the last day of the course. Senior Shorinryu Karate promotions awarded were as follows: Mr. Bonar Noble - Hachidan & Hanshi, Raymond Mbazima - Shichidan & Kyoshi, and Lytton Zulu - Yondan & Shihan. Mr. Noble was also appointed the Official Dentokan Representative for Zambia.

3-21-06  "Sensei Hobbs just completed a very successful three day (17-19 March 2006) seminar at Rudy Crosswell's Arizona Budokan dojo in Phoenix, Arizona.  Topics covered included Jujutsu, Kobudo/Kobujutsu, and Karate Kata and associated Bunkai.  Sensei Hobbs and Sensei Crosswell are old friends and were both members of Shogo Kuniba's Seishinkai back in the 1960's and 70's.  Sensei Crosswell is one of the most knowledgeable and respected Shito-Ryu and Kobudo teachers in the world.  Participants came from as far away as Philadelphia.  Sensei Hobbs enjoyed the opportunity of training with old and new friends."

12-28-05  We are very pleased to announce that Trisno Kuswanto (Khu Chen Yong) of Jakarta, Indonesia has graciously accepted the position of Dentokan Special Advisor for the Chinese-Indonesian Martial Art of Kuntao (Kung Fu).  Sifu Kuswanto is a respected and accomplished teacher of his family's Kuntao style known as "Kuntao Macan" (Tiger Kuntao).  Thank you Sifu Kuswanto for sharing your knowledge of the historical, philosophical, and technical aspects of Chinese-Indonesian Kuntao.  Welcome to our worldwide Dentokan family.

12-24-05  The 7th Annual Dentokan International Conference & Seminar is in the final planning stages.  This year's event is being held at the Judo Hall in Lusaka, Zambia, 1-5 April 2006.  The primary course coordinator is Lytton K. Zulu who can be contacted at lkzulu@cropserve.co.zm should additional information be needed.  The course outline is as follows:

    Day 1 - Shorinryu Karate kata review up to Yondan

    Day 2 - Gojuryu Karate kata review up to Shodan

    Day 3 - Dentokan Jujutsu/Aikijutsu review up to Nidan

    Day 4 - Kobujutsu/Bojutsu kata review and teaching of new bo kata

    Day 5 - Open (Review and/or teach new material, at the discretion of Hobbs Sensei)

    There are also some tourist events planned that should be great fun for all.

    A big thanks to Lytton and all the other Dentokan seniors who have worked so hard to bring this event together.

12-05-05 From our very active brothers and sisters in Indonesia:  On Friday, December 2nd 2005, the Goshinbudo Jujutsu Indonesia Club is proud to announce that Mr. Khu Chen Yong (Trisno Kuswanto) has been appointed as Club President.  He has received promotion to 4th Kyu (Blue Belt) from Mr. Taman (JKF-Wadokai Nanadan Renshi) and 3rd Kyu (Purple Belt) in Dentokan Jujutsu under Ben Haryo.  He is now working towards achieving black belts in both arts.  Mr. Khu Chen Yong is also Kuntao (Kung Fu) stylist from his family line.  He is 3rd Generation Chinese-Indonesian living in Jakarta, Indonesia.  His family descended from Fuijan, South China, and settled in Indonesia in the 50s.  Goshinbudo Jujutsu Indonesia Club is the only representative club of Dentokan Jujutsu in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.  Ben Haryo, the Founder and Chief Instructor of this club, is the first Dentokan Jujutsu black belt in Indonesia.  Mr. Khu Chen Yong promised that within his tenure he will work towards achieving government recognition for Jujutsu.  Even though Jujutsu in Indonesia has a long history (oldest recorded Jujutsu dojo was a located in Java in 1908, founded by a Mr. Watanabe Atsuki), to this day the Indonesian Government has not recognized Jujutsu as a martial art.  Government recognitions have been granted to other foreign arts such as Judo in the 50s, Karate and Aikido in the 70s, Tae Kwon Do in the 80s, and Wushu in the 90s.  Mr. Khu Chen Yong has previously been successful in making Dentokan Jujutsu an official extracurricular activity in Universitas Indonusa Esa Unggul, a prestigious private University in Jakarta.

08-07-05  Mark and Peter Braggins were promoted to Yondan & Shihan in Dentokan Shorin-Ryu Karate at the recent international conference/seminar in Turkey.  A hearty congratulations to the both of them!

07-31-05  Our Sixth Annual International Conference & Seminar in Izmir, Turkiye was a tremendous success.  Adnan Safak Yuksel Sensei's organization  made for a virtually flawless event.  The hospitality of the Turkish people was absolutely outstanding.  Many thanks to the Izmir Police Academy Commandant for allowing us to use the Academy's facilities for this year's event.  Future plans were discussed and finalized for next year's conference/seminar in Africa, 2007 in Greece, and 2008 again in Turkiye.  Of particular note was the decision to include an international Dentokan tournament as part of our activities during the 2008 event.  Initially we plan to include a tournament, as part of our conference activities, every other year.  More information to follow on this important step forward.  Finally, it should be noted that Adnan Safak Yuksel was promoted to Shichidan in Karate and Rokudan in Jujutsu.  He was also awarded the title of Kyoshi.

02-27-05  Dentokan Hombu promotions of note for the month of February include Nigel Goodier to Shichidan & Kaiden in Aikijutsu/Jujutsu.  Promotion occurred at the end of Nigel's recent visit from England.  Also of note was SSgt Jason Gramling's promotion to Yondan-Shihan in Shorinryu Karate-Do.  Jason is now stationed at Scott Air Force Base and regularly trains under the guidance of Sensei Hobbs.  Congratulations to both Nigel and Jason.

01-21-05  Welcome to Ben Haryo and his Goshin Budo Club members in Indonesia.  Ben and his students are now a part of the Dentokan family.  Ben's website can be found on our Links page.

01-16-05  Plans are being finalized for the 2005 International Dentokan Course.  This year's course is scheduled for July 22-25 in Izmir, Turkiye/Turkey.  The rough outline for the course is Karate on the 22nd, Jujutsu on the 23rd, Iaijutsu on the 24th, and testing on the 25th.  Adnan Safak Yuksel is the course organizer this year and he is working on the standard details like hotels, restaurants, ground transportation, sightseeing, etc.  Safak's contact information is available on the Shihans' page.  For your additional information, the 2006 International Dentokan Course is scheduled for Lusaka, Zambia, and it looks like it just might be Athens, Greece in 2007.