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Adult Black Belt Tests; June 16 & July 16, 2022

Congratulations on the following Adult Black Belt promotions:

  • Holly Rivlin – 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan); June 16
  • Fabien Couderc – 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan); July 16
  • Tony Sciscioli – 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan); July 16

Here are some highlights from the two promotion tests.

Holly Rivlin performing the kata Gankaku for her 3rd Degree Black Belt (Jun 16)
Holly Rivlin performing the kata Kanku Dai for 3rd Degree Black Belt (Jun 16)
Fabien Couderc performing the kata Jion for 2nd Degree Black Belt (Jul 16)
Fabien Couderc performing Tsukenshitahaku No Sai for 2nd Degree Black Belt (Jul 16)
Tony Sciscioli performing the kata Gankaku for 3rd Degree Black Belt (Jul 16)
Tony Sciscioli performing the Bo kata Choun No Kon for 3rd Degree Black Belt (Jul 16)
Sensei Takahashi providing feedback at the end of the test (July 16)

Congratulations to each of you… Well done…

Landmark Celebration: 50 Years Teaching Shotokan Karate; Apr 3, 2022

Mt. Kisco and Amityville Dojos convened at Apr 3rd Special Training to celebrate Sensei Takahashi's very special landmark: 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate
Mt. Kisco and Amityville Dojos convene at Apr 3rd Special Training to celebrate Sensei Takahashi’s very special landmark: 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate

50 Years of Teaching Kenkojuku Shotokan Karate

Sensei Takahashi started teaching Kenkojuku Shotokan Karate in 1976. The 50th anniversary was actually last year (2021), but due to issues related to Covid-19, we postponed the celebration until we could get together face to face. This happened on April 3, 2022, during our Special Training event. The Captains & Co-Captains from Amityville and Mt. Kisco Dojo’s organized the ceremony, expressed their sincere appreciation, and then gave Sensei Takahashi a sets of plaques (hand made by Ray Reddy; Amityville Dojo) to commemorate the event. It was a very Special Training…

Captains & Co-Captains presenting Sensei Takahashi Commemorative Plaques Celebrating 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate at the Amityville & Mt. Kisco Dojos
Captains & Co-Captains presenting Sensei Takahashi Commemorative Plaques Celebrating 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate at the Amityville & Mt. Kisco Dojos

Congratulations Sensei Takahashi for reaching the amazing landmark of 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate… OSS !!

Special Handmade Plaque (by Ray Reddy) Commemorating 50 years of teaching Shotokan Karate
Handmade Plaque (Ray Reddy) Commemorating 50 years Teaching Shotokan Karate
Congratulations Sensei Takahashi on this monumental milestone
Congratulations Sensei Takahashi on this monumental milestone

Pics: Apr 2022 Special Training/50 Year Landmark Celebration (courtesy Rick King & Michael Heffner)

Thank you Sensei Takahashi for your amazing dedication to our Mt. Kisco & Amityville Dojo’s. You are a lifelong inspiration to all of us. OSS !!

Mt Kisco & Amityville Dojo's celebrate a special landmark event with Sensei Takahashi !
Mt Kisco & Amityville Dojo’s celebrate a special landmark event with Sensei Takahashi !

Adult Black Belt Test December 18, 2021

Congratulations on the following promotion:

  • Chris Winfrey – 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan)
Chris Winfrey performing the kata Chinte for his 1st Degree Black Belt
Chris Winfrey performing the kata Bassai Sho for his 1st Degree Black Belt
Chris Winfrey performing Heian Godan as his favorite kata for his 1st Degree Black Belt
Chris Winfrey performing the Bo kata Rinbu No Kon for his 1st Degree Black Belt
Sensei Takahashi providing feedback on the kata Chinte
Sensei Takahashi awarding Chris Winfrey his 1st Degree Black Belt

Congratulations Chris on achieving Shodan !

Adult Black Belt Test December 14, 2021

Congratulations on the following promotions:

  • Dr. Jim Rielly – 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan)
  • Howard Citron – 4th Degree Black Belt (Yodan)
Howard Citron performing the kata Sochin for his 4th Degree Black Belt
Jim Rielly performing the kata Gojushiho for his 5th Degree Black Belt
Howard Citron performing Nijushi as his favorite kata for his 4th Degree Black Belt
Jim Rielly performing Sochin as his favorite kata for his 5th Degree Black Belt
Howard Citron performing the kata Soeishi No Kon for his 4th Degree Black Belt
Jim Rielly performing the kata Sokan no Nunchaku for his 5th Degree Black Belt

Congratulations!

2021 Mt. Kisco Takahashi Dojo Holiday Party & Annual Toy Drive

Our dojo family got together on Saturday, Dec 11th, to celebrate the Holiday Season. It was also an opportunity to take a moment to be thankful for all the many good things that happened this year, in light of the tremendous challenges going on in the world around us.

We celebrated our 28th Annual Takahashi Dojo Annual Toy Drive, where we collected toys and clothing to help those who are less fortunate in our community.

Special set of thanks to: a) the folks who helped to decorate the Dojo, and b) members that brought in the incredible food, dishes and desserts to share.

Here are a few snapshots from the event:

Please enjoy a safe, fun and peaceful Holiday Season.