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Gillette Wyoming Karate Students Get a Kick out of Karate

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 3, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Shihan Kyle Gewecke and some of his young students were recently high-lighted in the Gillette News Record. Shihan Gewecke was introduced to karate many years ago as a student at the University of Wyoming when he signed up for Beginning Karate in the Department of Physical Education. After joining the class, he fell in love with karate and continued this path by attending the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club three nights a week until he graduated from the university. At that point, he began teaching karate to both young students at Lakeview Elementary and also to adults and also attended martial arts clinics at the Casper, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu dojo, the University of Wyoming, the Juko Kai International Hombu dojo in New Braunfels, Texas, and also scheduling a series of martial arts clinics in Gillette. 


Casper Dojo and Wednesday's Child on K2TV

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 17, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, Hanshi Andy Finley (7th dan) with the Casper Seiyo Shorin-Ryu dojo, was featured in a Casper K2 TV seqment about adoptable kids - called Wednesday's child. (https://youtu.be/-CFUN-NrHmc)The TV broadcast was excellent and showed one foster child looking for karate training and a good family.  

Arizona and Wyoming Martial Artists Attend International Karate Clinic

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Phoenix, AZ.  A group of traditional Shorin-Ryu martial artists from Arizona and Wyoming traveled to the Juko Kai National clinic in New Braunfels, Texas June 15th to train in an incredible art known as Combat Ki - a martial art of extreme body hardening that allows JKI martial artists to accept full-force strikes to vital parts of the body with little effect. The art, created by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski in 1960, is so advanced it has been featured on several programs in recent years including Stan Lee's Superhumans, Sports Science, Discovery Channel and others.

 

 

While at the clinic, the group also trained in an Okinawan martial art known as Okinawan Kempo and Tode taught by Dai Soke Sacharnoski. At the close of the clinic, some martial artists tested for Menkyo Okuden (entrance to secrets). Those from Gillette Wyoming who received certifications included Kyle Gewecke (4th dan), Chase Cassidy (1st dan), Brandon Brown (3rd kyu) and Nick Jarvis (4th kyu). The Arizona Martial Artists who attended the clinic included Neal Adam (6th dan) from Phoenix, Victoria Davis (1st dan) from Chandler, and Ryan Nemec (4th kyu) from Mesa. Dr. Neal Adam was awarded Menkyo Okuden.

Special JKI awards were presented to two martial artists from Arizona. Ryan Nemec was awarded Outstanding Male Martial Arts Student of the Year, an award presented by Dai Soke Sacharnoski and the JKI Hombu to students who have shown exceptional dedication in martial arts.

Soke Hausel from Gilbert was awarded the title of Meijin wa Jutsu for lifelong contributions to martial arts as an instructor. Few martial artists have been presented this award which translates as master of masters. Grandmaster Hausel taught at four major universities prior to opening the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) on the border of Gilbert and Mesa in 2006.

Three Wyoming Martial Artists awarded Master Instructor certiifications

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2014, Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai awarded Shihan certificates to three karate instructors - Shihan is considered to be a very high level of expertise in the martial arts and translates as 'Master instructor'. To reach such a level in traditional karate requires considerable dedication and many years of training in martial arts. Only a very few individuals ever reach this level.

At the Casper, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate Club in Wyoming, Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan, recommended Matt Larson and Duane Good for Shihan certification to the Arizona Hombu, and both were accepted as master instructors. In addition, Matt Larson was also promoted to 5th degree black belt in May of 2014 and Duane Good was promoted to 4th degree black belt in November, 2014. 

In March, 2014, Kyle Gewecke with the Gillette, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate Club was also awarded certification as Shihan and promoted to 5th degree black belt by Soke Hausel.

Shihan Kyle Gewecke trains young martial artists in Gillette, Wyoming

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Shihan Kyle Gewecke of the Gillette, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu dojo was high-lighted by the Gillette New Record teaching some young martial artists at Lakeview Elementary School. Shihan Gewecke began his martial arts career at the University of Wyoming when he was introduced to traditional karate in a Beginning Karate class taught in the Department of Physical Education. After starting the class, he joined the UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club and trained until he graduated from the University. Following graduation he contiuned his studies in traditional martial arts by teaching adults and children in Gillette, Wyoming, scheduling martial arts clinics for his Gillette students, and attending other martial arts clinics at the Casper, Wyoming dojo, the University of Wyoming and also at the Juko Kai International Headquarters in New Braunfels, Texas. Shihan Gewecke is considered one of the top martial arts instructors in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai).


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