Sunday, December 7, 2008


Here are the results of our annual Holiday Prize Draw.

Congratulations to all who won!! O mede tou!


Mountain Stream Budo bumper sticker &
belt rank keychain . . . . . . . . . Ellen Waldman

Funakoshi calligraphy plaque . . . . . Sempai Olivia Bizovi

Mountain Stream Budo baseball cap. . . . Sempai Valerie Holmes

Mountain Stream Budo t-shirt . . . . . . Ben Herman

Mountain Stream Budo t-shirt . . . . . Stephen Conti

One month of free training . . . . . . Keon Brock

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy 25th, Sensei Kenny & Sensei Noah!

December 2008 marks the end of Sensei Kenny & Sensei Noah's 25th active year of karate training.

September 2008 marked the end of Sensei Carol & Sensei Noah's 10th year of active training in kobudo.

Happy anniversary!

O mede tou gozai masu!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ju Jitsu Rank Test November 2008

Photographic highlights from Richie Gleason and Kenny Moore's 4th kyu ju jitsu rank test can be viewed here:

All photographs are ©2008 by Lori Schiavone. Used with permission of the artist.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Karate Rank Advancement October 2008

Mountain Stream Budo hosted its semi-annual karate shiai on Sunday October 26th.

Those who advanced in rank are:

Sarina Matalon - youth orange belt 8th kyu
James DeRonda - youth orange belt 8th kyu
Vincent Robeiro - youth orange belt 8th kyu
Keon Brock - youth yellow belt 7th kyu
Noah Kemp - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Richie Gleason - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Gavon Mitchell - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Melee Jack - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Richard Bernstein - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Lawrence Gisser - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Haley Kelly - youth blue belt 6th kyu
Andrew Gannon - youth green belt 5th kyu
Ryan Gannon - youth purple belt 4th kyu
Andrew Salerno - youth brown belt 3rd kyu
Ryan Usai - youth brown belt 3rd kyu
Matthew Porter - youth brown belt 2nd kyu
Tetsuya Kawakita - youth black belt Shodan-ho one stripe

Rohan Ketwaroo - adult yellow belt 7th kyu
Stephen Simpson - adult blue belt 6th kyu
Chris LaGow - adult blue belt 6th kyu
Sam LaGow - adult blue belt 6th kyu
Ian Azcue - adult green belt 5th kyu
Michele Mione - adult purple belt 4th kyu
Robert Mione - adult brown belt 3rd kyu
Lori Schiavone - adult brown belt 3rd kyu
Stephen Conti - adult brown belt 3rd kyu
Ellen Waldman - adult brown belt 3rd kyu
Valerie Holmes - adult Shodan black belt

Congratulations to everyone who advanced in rank and to everyone who did not, for all of your hard work and dedication to yourselves, the dojo, and the art!

Kathryn Brocchi tested for 7th kyu blue belt in kobudo on November 8th, and Richie Gleason and Kenny Moore tested for 4th kyu green belt in ju jitsu on November 1st. Congrats!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Youth Karate Menjo Ceremony Photographs - August 2008

Photo highlights from the youth-only karate menjo ceremony that was held in August 2008 are now available to view here:

All photographs are copyright ©2008 by Lori Schiavone. Used with permission of the artist.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Photos from 2008 Town Day Demonstrations

Photo highlights from Mountain Stream Budo's demonstrations at Putnam Valley Town Day 2008 can now be viewed here:

All photographs are copyright ©2008 Hiro Kawakita and Lori Schiavone. Used with permission of the artists.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Lori Schiavone's Ju Jitsu Brown Belt Test

Photo highlights from Lori Schiavone's 3rd kyu brown belt ju jitsu test, which took place on September 6th 2008, can be viewed online here:

All photographs are copyright ©2008 Ellen Waldman, and are used with permission of the photographer.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Satellite Classes in the Bronx

Dai Sempai Justin Braun is running an adult karate program in the Bronx. Classes are held on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15pm in room 455 in I.S. 151 (off 156th Street and Concourse Village East).

Dai Sempai began his karate training in 1986, and has been training actively in the art for approximatley 12 years since that time. He currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in karate, and also holds the rank of ikkyu (3rd level brown belt) in Japanese ju jitsu. He is a lawyer who works for the Bronx District Attorney.

Please contact him via e-mail at for further information regarding classes.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lil' Dragons Class Changes

Beginning on September 3rd 2008, Lil' Dragons classes will follow the following schedule:

Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:00
Fridays from 4:30 - 5:00
Saturdays from 12:00 - 12:30

Dragons classes will NO LONGER meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ju Jitsu Grading Photographs

Fabulous photographic highlights from the July 19th 2008 ju jitsu rank test are now available here:

The rank candidates were Dennis Duggan for 6th kyu orange belt, and Ned Flanagan, Kenny Moore, and Richie Gleason for 5th kyu yellow belt.

All photographs ©2008 by Lori Schiavone. Used with permission of the artist.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Adult Shiai Photo Essay

An absolutely STUNNING slideshow comprised of 280 photographs taken by Sempai Holly Schnaudigel of our adult karate shiai on May 4th 2008 is now available to view online. Check it out at:

All photographs are ©2008 by Holly Schnaudigel. Used with permission of the artist.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Karate & Kobudo Kyu Rank Changes

In order to endeavor to achieve a level of synchronicity between our youth & adult karate kyu ranks, we are changing the adult 6th and 5th kyu belt colors from green (with one stripe) and green (with two stripes) to solid blue and solid green.

The order of the kobudo 6th - 4th kyu rank colors will also be changed, from purple, green, and green/black to green, green/black, and purple. This will put our kobudo system more in synch with our karate kyu system, as well as the kobudo kyu level system of our sister school in Michigan, Golden Dragon Martial Arts.

These changes will take effect immediately; however, students who already have 6th/5th kyu belts in karate or 6th/5th/4th kyu belts in kobudo will keep their belts until their next test, at which time they will roll over into the new colors.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ju Jitsu Photographs

Photo highlights from Pat Coyle and Ned Flanagan's 6th kyu ju jitsu test can be viewed at

All photographs ©2008 by Lori Schiavone; used with permission of the artist.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Website Updates

The Mountain Stream Budo website has just been updated. . . .the new features include an extensive etiquette page, an in-depth look at the kobudo curriculum, a hyperlink to the "Ask Sensei" portion of the Weblog, and various minor updates to the News, Links, Instructors, Terminology, and Home pages. . . . so head over to and check it out!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kobudo Class Schedule Change

The Wednesday kobudo class time has been changed from [5:30 - 7:00pm] to [6:00 - 7:00pm].

This change takes effect IMMEDIATELY.

All kobudo rank tests for 5th kyu green belt or higher will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30. All other grading and all regular Wednesday kobudo classes will meet at 6:00pm.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Karate Black Belt Class

Our next karate black belt class will be held on Sunday February 22nd at 10:00am. Attendance is restricted to those holding the rank of Shodan or higher in karate.

Friday, February 22, 2008


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Youth Menjo Ceremony Photographs

The youth karate students had a menjo ceremony on Sunday February 10th, during which rank and placement certificates were awarded.

Photo highlights from the ceremony can be seen at

All photographs are copyright ©2008 by Lori Schiavone. Used with permission.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Welcome Back, Sensei Pat!

Sensei Patrick Coyle returned to the dojo tonight, February 14th, following an extended hiatus from training. Sensei Pat holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in karate, and has been out of training for some time, as his work as an NYPD officer has conflicted with class time. Sensei has finally been able to work his schedule out so that he'll be able to attend classes regularly once again: approximately 2 classes per week in karate, and he has also taken up training in police tactics ju jitsu at the dojo.

So welcome home, Sensei Pat! Your old friends & family at the dojo look forward to training with you again; those newer students who haven't met you yet are in for a treat!