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!