Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 seminar with Vince Stallone

In March of 2016, Shinkikan Dojo hosted a seminar taught by Vince Stallone.  Mr. Stallone began training in Okinawan Kempo in 1980. In 1992, he moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri in order to train directly under Taika Oyata on a long-term basis. Mr. Stallone was initiated into the original Oyata Shin Shu Ho group, and was later awarded the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) from Oyata Sensei. He operated the Okishinkan Dojo in Missouri. In 2010, Vince Stallone was promoted to Nanadan (7th degree black belt) in Ryukyu Kempo.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Steve Stark October 2013 seminar

In October of 2013, Shinkikan Dojo hosted a seminar taught by Steve Stark.  Mr. Stark is one of Oyata Seiyu's most senior direct students.  He began training in Oyata Sensei's art in 1969/1970, and became a personal student of Mr. Oyata in 1977.  His fascinating story of traveling to Okinawa to find Mr. Oyata, and training with him back in Kansas, can be read in his book "Quest: The Ancient Way, My Life Experiences with Taika Oyata".  It's an entertaining, informative read and is highly recommended to all serious students of Oyata Sensei's art (as well as practitioners of Okinawan Karate in general).  Mr. Stark is still actively training and teaching.

Mr. Stark's book can be purchased through Ryu-Te Supplies: 

picture from 2013 seminar with Steve Stark