Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 SMAA Kentucky Seminar!


The SMAA Kentucky Seminar will take place in Louisville, Kentucky on August 17 – 19, 2013. The featured instructors are Stephen Fabian Sensei and Cyna Khalily Sensei. Fabian Sensei will teach Hontai Yoshin Ryu jujutsu and related weapons, while Khalily Sensei will offer instruction in Chito Ryu karate-do. This U.S. event is going to be a lot of fun, and it offers our members a chance to study two martial traditions that are rarely taught outside of Japan. Here’s all you need to know to start the registration process:

What: Hontai Yoshin Ryu is an ancient martial system that focuses on jujutsu. It also includes training with the three-foot stick, six-foot staff, and the sword. It is infrequently offered in a seminar format, and it is not easy to find instruction in authentic forms of Japanese jujutsu in the West. This is a great chance to learn from one of the world’s best teachers of Hontai Yoshin Ryu and an opportunity to study dynamic throws, joint locks, and grappling techniques that date back to Japan’s feudal past. Time permitting, Fabian Sensei will also present instruction in Toyama Ryu iaido.

Chito Ryu is a distinctive and powerful form of karate-do that is not widely practiced in Western countries, and it has unique, interesting, and effective features that separate it from other karate-do styles. Chitose Tsuyoshi Sensei founded Chito Ryu, and it has strong Okinawan influences. Signature aspects of Chito Ryu include an emphasis on kime—a contraction of the muscles in the lower part of the body to generate additional strength and stability in stances. The use of shibori, which means "to squeeze"—twisting contraction of the muscles in a specific area (often the arms) aimed at generating strength; rapid rotational movements; and frequent use of movement off the line of attack at advanced levels are also important.

Who: Stephen Fabian Sensei has been involved in the martial arts for most of his life. Mr. Fabian lives in New Jersey and teaches Hontai Yoshin Ryu. He resided for several years in Japan and is a disciple of Inoue Soke, the 18th generation Headmaster of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu. He is the first American licensed to teach this ancient ryu in the U.S. Fabian Sensei is a Director for the SMAA Traditional Jujutsu Division. His current SMAA title/rank is jujutsu Shihan/seventh dan and SMAA Iaido Division fourth dan. He is also author of Clearing Away Clouds: Nine Lessons for Life from the Martial Arts, in which he shares insights gained from years of practicing martial arts.

Cyna Khalily Sensei has been studying Chito Ryu karate-do for decades. He trains in the USA, Japan, and Okinawa under top karate-do experts. Khalily Sensei has received a Shihan teaching certificate and a sixth dan from the SMAA Karate-do Division. He is a leading expert in Chito Ryu in the U.S. He is also a medical doctor, and he lives in Kentucky. His dojo is hosting the SMAA Kentucky Seminar this year, just as it did in 2012.

When: August 17 – 19, 2013

Where: Takanoko Dojo
999 Brent Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

How Much: $75 per day for four training sessions each day. $225 for the entire event. Both amounts are for the general public. SMAA members will receive a special discount on all training.

Contact: Send e-mail to Brian Barnes Sensei at for more detailed information. Space is limited, so act soon. Don't miss this important opportunity to study two rarely taught martial arts under leading SMAA experts.