Shihan Steve began his formal training at the age of 12 and has continued to teach his beloved arts for well over 55 years. He is a proud man who instils pride in others and yet remains devoid of arrogance normally associated with a proud person, the colourful background and history of shihan Steve is a fascinating story. Shihan Steve liked what Bruce Lee once said " If somebody attacks you your response is not Technique No. 1, Stance No. 2, Section No. 3, Paragraph No. 4 simply move in like sound and echo without and deliberation".
Shihan Steve told me he used to practise on a makiware for when he did Tameshiwari ( The art of breaking ) for grades and charity but he changed it to a bucket of sand and a bag of dry peas, Please note this is not for children, nor is the twisting of joints as their bones are in the process of growing. Shihan Steve also stated that his instructor Grandmaster Phil Milner punished you if you came training late very frequent, you would go for a one man mile run with dry peas in your trainers hence you would not be late again also if you were a " chatterbox " when instructors were showing students Phil would put a deep sea divers belt around your waist for one hour in Kibadachi ( straddle stance ) . This installed respect and discipline.
The only regret i have is not meeting and training with Sensei Phil Milner in the way that i am with sensei Steve.
3rd Dan Karate, 1st Dan Kobudo, 1st Dan Atemi-waze, 1st Dan ju-jitsu
Steves philosophy of Ryukyu Kempo Karate Jutsu
Steve began to refine the Ryukyu Kempo system with his knowledge of Karate, Boxing and street fighting experience.
Steve has accomplished this through philosophies, principles and techniques best translated fast and hard to devate the enemy by speed and power. To assure survival in the streets one of the must in the ryu is the physical workout, timing, speed and train, train, train with great determination.
Street fighting is not just hitting, but aiming at the weak spots of your foe, the ultimate goal is to prepare ourselves for any situation, we are not in game and since you have only one life take care of it as best you can.
Ryukyu kempo karate jutsu is one of the most functional self-defence fighting systems in exsistance today.
Mastering the above presents the essential techniques, tactics and training to excel in this system.
Quote: The commander and police officers from the 17th Parana - Brazil state military police battalion " Thank you for the time, effort and dedication given to teach us the best techniques for self-defence. Sao Jose Dos Pinnais 24th Novembro 2008.
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The Okinawan Karate Jutsu which gave rise to Karate-do had no need for grades of competence since it was a fighting system in which you either excelled or failed. Master Chojun Miyagi made this point succinctly when he said that, if a student was good enough, he did not need a mark of competence such as a coloured belt, if he was good enough he wouldn`t get one anyway.
Nevertheless, it was considered appropriate to institute a series of examinations, conducted at regular intervals during training, with the object of evaluating the student`s competence and identifying it by means of a coloured belt.
At first there were only three colours of belt: The white belt was used to denote the novice, the green belt, the intermediate, the brown belt, the advanced student. Later on, additional colours were added as the number of grading examinations increased. A typical progression of belt colours is given below:
10th Kyu Red
9th Kyu Yellow
8th Kyu Orange
7th Kyu Green
6th Kyu Blue
5th Kyu Purple
4th Kyu Purple/Brown Stripe
3rd Kyu Brown
2nd Kyu Brown/2 Red Stripes
1st Kyu Brown/ Black Stripe
1st Dan Black Belt, 1st Level
2nd Dan Black Belt, 2nd Level
There may be as few as six, or as many as ten Kyu grades in any Ryu. In order to pass from one to another, the student takes comprehensive examination based upon the techniques he has learned thus far. Those required for each grade are listed in the syllabus of the Ryu. The average time which must elapse between gradings is three months. In the case of the brown belt six months must elapse between second and first Kyu and first dan.
The black belt is a mark of competence and is usually attained with five years of joining the club. There are stages within the black belt known as the dan grades and as in Kyu grades, examinations are governed by the length of time a grade has been held. The following table is that of the world union of karatedo organisations, the governing body for world karate:
2nd Dan 1st Dan must be held for two years
3rd Dan 2nd Dan must be held for three years
4th Dan 3rd Dan must be held for four years
5th Dan 4th Dan must be held for five years
6th Dan 5th Dan must be held for six years
7th Dan 6th Dan must be held for seven years
8th Dan 7th Dan must be held for eight years
9th Dan 8th Dan must be held for nine years
10th Dan 9th Dan must be held for ten years
THEREFORE, a person who has gained his first dan at the age of 18 would, assuming that he took and passed all of the intermediate grades, become a ninth dan at the age of 62.
A tenth dan is the highest grade that can be awarded within a Ryu. The founder, or Kancho, may take this grade. Some founders consider that are beyond grades in their Ryu.
Seventh and eight dans are allowed to wear a belt that alternates red and white banded, while ninth and tenth dans wear all red belts. Since the red belt is often used to denote the complete novice, the masters return to red symbolizes the principle of karate, that he has` forgotton `all techniques and returned to the beginning.
With the grade held goes a specific title. Above sixth dan, the title Shihan ( synonym= hanshi ) is used. Between third and sixth dan the title Sensei applies. Below third dan the correct title Sempai. If, however, a first or second dan operates his own dojo, then it is correct to call him sensei. The corps of black belts withina Ryu are known as yudansha. Advancements in grade up to and including the rank of third dan are taken by examination against the syllabus of the Ryu. Above that level, they are conferred in reoginition of diligent training. The Karateka carries a record of his training in the form of a licence book. Wach time he advances a grade the book is endorsed accordingly..
Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool
Karate begins with a courtesy and ends with a courtesy
1, Never change what works.
2, Grasp whatever you can, be open minded about everything.
3, Learn what you want to learn,but never close your mind to something different.
4, Knowing yourself helps you to know others.
5, Never stop learning - never limit yourself to what you think you may attain.
6, To be in 100% shape, you must first be in 100% mental shape.
7, Respect your judgement- remember you cannot fool yourself.
8, Take defeat as a process of learning.
9, Never degrade yourself by thinking negativley.
10, If you lose figure out why you lost and find the defences- which will help you next time.
11, There is no time for being old fashioned- one must progress.
12, Learn to train your mind to be ahead of your body.
13, Beat the pain mentally and you can go on forever.
14, Don`t try to be as good as somebody - strive to be better.
15, Winning isn`t everything - its the only thing.
1. The more you practice the better you get.
2. I am fast - three words you say to yourself throughout the day.
3. you are a stick of dynamite when you move you explode.
4. anger and fear will prevent you from moving with great speed.
5. Train for balance while training for speed and you will never kiss the floor.
6. Believe you have power, self-confidence will increase your strength.
7. Do exercises to strengthen your wrists so that they don't bend when punching a heavy bag.
8. Practice shadow boxing in neck high water to add resistance to you blows.
9 Always get enough rest, no good if you are tired, and warm up thoroughly before you train.
10. Do not criticize any other of the martial art's, speak ill of others it will surely come back to you.
The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly nor does the river speak ill of the mountain because it cannot move about, metal is tested by fire, man is tested by what he says!
A final word! Human life is precious, although some people act as though they don't think so . More specifically, my life is precious to me and yours is precious to you. So are the lives of your family. If someone threatens the lives of you and yours, you have the right to defend them. Whether you believe in life after death or not, this life on earth is the only one you've got. We only go around once, and whatever happens after the ride is over is another matter. We all want to ride until the last stop. and anyone who tries to push us off the bus before we arrive deserves to have his ticket canceled. Sensei Steve Costello
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