On June 25th 2022 the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai officially added another member to their ranks. Mat Weisfeld, owner and head instructor at United Martial Artist Academy graded for his Shodan in Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai. Mat San has trained in different aspects of Martial Arts for over 30 years but made the commitment to train in traditional Karate after his first visit to the Head Shibu Dojo under Sensei Mark Kapel.
(Taken from Mat Weisfeld's facebook page)
"I have been training in the Martial Arts for 30+ years but tonight is one of my proudest nights. Thanks to everyone who has helped support during this especially Jane Weisfeld who has been taking care of the kids while I'm training and hitting stuff like a crazy person
Thanks to Mark Kapel for taking me in and training me in Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai North America"
Mat San has spent the past 2 years training and fulfilling all the requirements for his grading all while making the same changes to his own school. Originally from an Americanized form of Karate, Mat's school now has transitioned to a full globally recognized Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai curriculum. Some of those requirements include (but not limited to) demonstrating proficiency in:
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our recent Kata/Bunkai workshop! Very proud of the hard work and dedication. Continue training and bringing your karate to the next level! Students of Okinawa Gojuryu form all over traveled to join in the training experience.
The workshop covered an examination of the finer points of kata and how they connect to Bunaki application. In addition the workshop covered multiple Bunkai drills and training exercises. See you all for the next class. All those interested are welcome to join in the training