Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The MDA (and my Sensei) need your help

Dear Dojo friends and family,

Sensei Ellis is being ‘arrested for good’ on Sept. 10th 2008, by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). His ‘bail’ has been set at $2400.00. Please help Sensei get out of jail and help kids and with Muscular Dystrophy at the same time!! Donations are 100% tax deductible!! (once you donate you will receive a tax receipt via email). To make a donation (any and all amounts are welcome!) and learn more about this event, please go to the following link:


Just click on the “help make my goal” icon! This is a secure site so your online donations are safe!! However, we appreciate some people may be apprehensive about making online payments. If this is the case, there will be a collection box at the dojo for cash and check payments. Please make checks payable to the ‘Muscular Dystrophy Association’.

Please help Sensei Ellis help Jerry’s kids!!!! Thank you in advance for your generosity!!

Kind regards,
Seishinkan Administrator

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SEISHINKAN Opens New Medical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic

SEISHINKAN Karate on Main is pleased to announce the opening of a Medical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic in the newly expanded dojo. The East-West Clinic will initially provide services on Tuesdays and Fridays expanding to 5 days per week in the near future. Insurance billing is available and new patients are welcome. The clinic director is Karen Weisman M.D.

Dr. Weisman is a practicing Internal Medicine physician in Corvallis, Oregon where she heads her own clinic. Dr. Weisman has a keen interest in sports medicine and has qualified as a physician with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Working with athletes has led to her certification in medical acupuncture. Of special interest is sports biomechanics, performance optimization and pain reduction. Karen received her medical degree from Northwestern University and Certificate of Medical Acupuncture from UCLA. Dr. Weisman has continued her studies in neuro-anatomical acupuncture and sports medicine through McMaster University (Ontario). Prior education includes a Master's degree (MPH) from U. C. Berkeley and her BS from the University of Southern California.

Oriental Medicine is provided by Yoshi Ito MS, L.Ac. Sensei Ito holds an Acupuncture License from the Oregon Medical Board in addition to an Acupuncture Certificate from National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has provided clinical care at the Beyond Addiction Clinic, as well as, running the Ito Clinic of Oriental Medicine in Beaverton, OR. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and is a graduate of the College of Oriental Medicine, Berkeley, CA.

Clinic Hours
The Clinic is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 A.M until 4 P.M.
and by Appointment.

To schedule please call toll free: 877.447.5196

Sunday, June 1, 2008

SEISHINKAN Dojo Expansion Completed

SEISHINKAN Karate on Main Dojo Expansion Completed

The dojo expansion project is complete with only minor work yet remaining. The practice floor was increased by 35%! The expansion was necessary to accomodate our rapidly growing student body. A major success was moving the very large (and heavy) mirrors without breaking. Happily this was accomplished, thanks to the assistance of our students.

Three treatment rooms were built for SEISHINKAN Karate on Main's new East-West medicine clinic which will provide both medical acupuncture and oriental medicine treatments. The next post will highlight the clinic and staff.

Friday, April 25, 2008

April Promotion Test

Congratulations to the following students for their effort and hard work!

Nevaeh Eckroth, Lion I
Anthony Yatskov, Shark II
Isaiah Hollingsworth, Cobra I
Marco Lopez, Cobra II
Michelle Martinez, Shark I
Nathan Saier, Lion II
Jimmy Shea, Cobra I
Tegan Kelley, Shark II
Kyle Haslem, Crest

Tigram Mansuryan, 6th Kyu
Hannah Bryant, 9th Kyu
Carson Padbury, 7th Kyu
Sierra Haslem, Crest
Kaden Haslem, Crest
Brynn Kelly, 9th Kyu
Amber Lindstrom, 9th Kyu
Landon Carlson, 10 Kyu
Delaney Shea, 4th Kyu
Simone Smith, 9th Kyu
Elliott Shipley, 10th Kyu
Damon Bray, 10 Kyu
Brendon Bray, 10 Kyu
Ethan Ecroth, 7th Kyu
Natalie Clark, 10th Kyu
Jacob Plummer, 8th Kyu
Malory Olsen, 6th Kyu
Zander Eisenhauer, 6th Kyu
Nicole Neal, 7th Kyu

Jim Bryant, 10th Kyu
Francisco Corona, 8th Kyu
Jaimie Ellis, 4th Kyu
Andrew Evans, Crest
Andrea Gillette, Crest
Robin Hamblet, Crest
Leyenda Lloyd, Crest
Susan Shea, 7th Kyu
Robin Smith , 9th Kyu
Amanda McMillan, 5th Kyu
Brad Bray, 10 Kyu
JoAnn Silagy, Crest

Chief Instructor's Report: SEISHINKAN Kata Clinic

From: The Chief Instructor

I just finished the Portland Gasshuku a few hours ago and am writing this message from Sensei Ellis's house. The event was a great success. I heard so many good comments from many participants who came up to me after the Gasshuku. The focus of the Gasshuku was kata. The first day, we spent two hours going through details of Sanchin kata, the fundamental kata for our style. During the class, we went through why Sanchin kata is so important, and how Sanchin kata will be used in other kaishu-gata. On the second day, we had senior sensei (Sensei Bob Ellis, Sensei Gene Villa, Sensei Brent Hartwig and Sensei Ernie Brennecke) check every single participant's kata. Each participant got private lessons and comments from some of the finest instructors in the IOGKF USA that he or she can bring back home and practice. We also had a short lecture of Goju-Ryu history and concerning Higaonna Sensei's famous Yoyogi Dojo training back 40 years ago by Sensei Bob Ellis and Sensei Ernie Brennecke. They were quite interesting stories. Sensei Ernie was in the Yoyogi Dojo in 1964, one year before I was born! How old is he? Please don't ask:-) I would like to thank all attendants, and dojo heads, and senior sensei (Sensei Bob, Sensei Gene, Sensei Brent, Sensei Ernie) for sharing your experience and knowledge that made this gasshuku so special.

A Special thank you to Sensei Bob and his family for the great hospitality and for hosting this event. I surely had a wonderful time. We have so many talented instructors within our organization. We should start setting the stage to ask for these instructors to come forward and share their knowledge. It will benefit all of us.

Best regards,
Tetsuji Nakamura
IOGKF North America Chief Instructor

Friday, March 21, 2008

April 18th - 19th - 20th 2008

Tetsuji Nakamura
Robert E. Ellis


Special Sessions:
Origins of Okinawan Kata

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Cost: $100.00 3 DAYS / $70.00 2 DAYS

on/or Before 15 April 2008
12566 SW Main Street
Tigard, Oregon 97223

REGISTER AT THE DOOR: $110.00 / $75.00

For more information call: 503-968-1600

Fowler PE students learn karate from an expert

Fowler PE students learn karate from an Expert
By Barbara Sherman
The Times, Mar 20, 2008

Barbara Sherman / The Times
PRACTICING SELF-DEFENSE — Fowler Middle School sixth-graders are making the right moves by following the directions of Bob Ellis as well as learning the philosophy of karate that includes strong character, morals and discipline.
TIGARD – On a recent morning at Fowler Middle School, a combined sixth-grade PE class was learning Jackie Chan moves along with lessons in self-confidence.
Bob Ellis, owner of Seishinkan Karate on Main, has 45 years of karate experience, and he has taught the art and philosophy to all the sixth-graders in the Tigard-Tualatin School District in two-week stints.
“Let’s talk about the importance of behavior,” he told the students sitting on the gym floor. “Karate is about feeling good about yourself, being strong and self-confident. In life, you get to make choices.”
He asked the kids if they smoked or did drugs, and amid laughter, they said no.
“You will face these choices,” he said. “Some kids will drive too fast. If they drive too fast and kill a kid, will they go to prison? They made a choice. People with no confidence make bad choices.”
Then it was time to switch to karate moves.
Ellis had everyone stand up and go through a series of neck twists and then wiggling their shoulders, hips and knees. After loosening up, the kids thrust out arms, legs and fists at Ellis’ commands before trying a really hard move – squatting with their hands on their hips while kicking out one leg at a time.
From there, the 75 kids made slide-and-punch moves back and forth as the karate class continued.
“All the kids thought they would be able to beat up their brothers and sisters when they heard they were going to learn karate,” said PE teacher John Adams. “Bob quickly explained the philosophy – it’s not aggressive, it’s not offensive, it’s defensive.”
Once the class was over, Ellis said that he has taught the two-week classes to 1,500 students since December.
“I try to give the kids an introduction and teach them about safety,” he said. “The key is giving kids self-esteem and teaching them self-confidence and self-discipline. It’s important for kids to develop a love for exercise.
“Karate is about building character, acquiring physical fitness and learning self-defense.”
Ellis added that he gives students some information about Japanese culture on the last day of class.
Ellis is a personal student of Higaonna Morio, chief instructor and chairman of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, which has more than 80,000 students in 45 countries.
Ellis is a certified IOGKF senior instructor and a member of the IOGKF-USA Executive Committee and National Grading Board.
For more information, visit www.karateonmain.com or call 503-968-1600.