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Sensei Kathy O’Brien
Sensei Kathy has studied Kyudo (Japanese Archery), Medical Qigong , I-Liq Chuan and Tai Chi. She has a Black Belt in Aikido and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido. Kathy has trained with Sensei Phil Ortiz (New York Budokai) She received her 3rd Dan promotion directly from Souke Kunikazu Yahagi Head Sensei of Ryushin Shouchi- Ryu in Japan. She is also a co-founder of “Toko” (Eastern Tiger) along with Head Sensei Charles Barrett
Soke Kunikazu Yahagi of the
Seiseikan Dojo in Tokyo
Ryushin Shouchi-ryu Iaido
Ryushin Shouchi-ryu is a small style originally from Kyushu. Training involves solo kata, partner kata and various kihon waza affiliated with the style. RJR is unusual in its use of a smaller, lighter-weight sword and many one-handed techniques. Retired Headmaster Terutaka Kawabata and current Headmaster Kunikazu Yahagi of the Seiseikan Dojo in Tokyo guide our training in this style. Training consists of both solo and partner forms.
We are the only Ryushin Shouchi-ryu Dojo on Long Island under the direction of the New York Budokai's chief instructor Sensei Phil Ortiz. We receive frequent instruction from Sensei Ortiz either on Long Island, Manhattan or the affiliate school in New Jersey. As chief instructor for the New York Budokai, Sensei Phil Ortiz has studied martial arts for over 40 years. Beginning his career in Shorin Ryu Karate under Sensei Ansei Ueshiro and Sensei James Wax, Shotokan Karate under Sensei Kurt Blackwood and Judo under Sensei Carl Jameson. He began to study Iai under Otani Sensei in 1972. Currently he holds the rank of Shichidan (7th degree black belt) in Muso Shiden Ryu and Godan (5th degree black belt) in Jigen Ryu under Yahagi Sensei. He also has a teaching license in Kyudo under Kanjuro Shibata Sensei. He also is a student of Kybado (horseback archery) and Jodo.
Popularly known as "the art of drawing the sword," Iaido is the contemporary legacy of the samurai of feudal Japan. A professional warrior class, both samurai men and women practiced warrior skills. Hayashizake Jinsuke Shigenobu is considered the legendary founder of Iaido as a concept and practice distinct from sword fighting in the 16th century, paralleling the development of a unified country. After Japan was finally unified under Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu early in the 17th century, the samurai combined their war skills with their interest in personal and spiritual refinement, including the study of spiritual and traditional arts. The combination gave samurai a venue for practicing their skills with a sense of meditative mindfulness.
Sensei Mike Flynn
Sensei Mike studied Yang style 24 form Ti Chi under Dawn Barraclough, and has also studied Aikido at the Suffolk instutute for Eastern Studies under Sensei Howard Pashenz 6th Dan and Head instructor. His continued studies under Sensei Charles Barrett of Enso Dojo includes Aikido, Karate, Arnis, I-Liq Chuan and Floor Fighting. He received 3rd Dan directly from Souke Kunikazu Yahagi Head Sensei of Ryushin Shouchi-Ryu in Japan.
Chief instructor for the New York Budokai, Sensei Phil Ortiz
Sensei Charles Barrett
Mr. Barrett has been training in martial arts since 1973. He is a 6th Dan in Tae Kwon Do In 2014 he was awarded 3rd Dan in Ryushin Shouchi-Ryu Iaido by Soke Kunikazu Yahagi from Japan. Charles is also co-founded “Toko”. In Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, he holds the rank of 2nd Dan, instructor level, Studying Aikido since 1990, he holds the rank of 1st Dan, Charles is also a 1st generation disciple and 1st level instructor in I-Liq Chuan and is an instructor in Yang Style Tai Chi. His also holds the rank of 1st Dan in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu.
Learn the Ancient Japanese Art Of the Samurai
Classes: Saturday (9 -11am)
Students: Beginners welcome
(Beginners will use wooden swords in class)
Toko - Eastern Tiger Dojo
Otani Sensei founder of New York Budokai