OCIGK

Newsletters

The OCIGK publishes a quarterly newsletter that is typically passed out in class. These informative newsletters contain  thoughts and messages from Kyoshi, announcements and upcoming events, and the popular "Did you know?" section.

Feel free to download and enjoy the newsletters from the past.

Aug 01, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter

Contains background on Kyoshi Roy, kata and their meaning, and Irvine Village Festival demo info

Dec 01, 2016

December 2015 Newsletter

Contains Gashuku information and photos from the event, end-of-year announcements.

Jul 01, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter

Welcome back Kyoshi Roy, demo preparation, list of recommended martial arts movies. 

Nov 01, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

Best wishes for student to Takumi Nagao, all black belt picture, promotions, Goju Ryu knowledge review. 

Mar 01, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter

Importance of repetition and practice, counting in Japanese, Spring tournament info.

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Training references

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For students who are new to the OCIGK, this document contains everything a students needs to know to make the first few classes a bit more comfortable. It contains information regarding dues, uniforms, testing procedures, belt rankings, basic terminology, and class guidelines & rules.

This document contains a list of frequently asked questions. It covers items such as the total cost of the class, including sparring gear and equipment,  and class schedules and costs.

This is a handy reference which includes all of the Japanese terms and translations. It covers all of the Japanese terms we use in class including stances, numbers, kicks, punches, and blocks. 

At the start of each class, the instructor takes the students through a series of warmups. Depending on the age and levels of the class, warmups may vary slightly from class to class. However, this documents contains the most common warmup procedures.

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This document contains the 15 stances performed in the OCIGK. It contains the Japanese name of the stance and step-by-step instructions on how to perform it.

Technique A-D is the most basic technique that all white belts need to learn before being promoted to higher ranks. This documents contains the step-by-step instructions on how to perform Techniques A, B, C, and D.

In addition to katas and techniques, OCIGK also practices different charts. White chart is the first chart that is taught and contains 10 moves to complete the white chart. This document contains step-by-step instructions on how to perform white charts moves 1-10. This document should be used as reference for new and experiences students.

This document contains the step-by-step instructions on the precise movements for Green Chart 1-10.

Gichin Funakoshi is knows as ""father of modern karate" and was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922. This document contains the 20 precepts of Gichin Funakoshi. We highly recommend that you read these precepts as it sets the mental foundation of karate and the OCIGK.

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recommended reading

Quiet Voice Loud Voice

By Renshi Matt Hemenez

Quiet Voice Loud Voice is authored by our own Renshi Matt Hemenez. This is a labor that has taken him over 10 years to accomplish.  The result was QUIET VOICE LOUD VOICE, a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a young boy who uses his karate teachings to find his inner strength (his loud voice) to deal with dangerous encounters with bullies.

"All children have a ROAR, they just need to know how and when to use it"

The Story-For Children

Children of all ages will enjoy reading about Nathan’s adventures through life. Their emotions will be provoked by Nathan’s encounters with neighborhood bullies who won’t leave him alone. They will be inspired by how Nathan uses the inner strength–his LOUD voice-the Voice that he learned in his karate class that he drew upon to shut down those bullies.

The Story-For Parents

Parents will value QUIET Voice LOUD Voice as a foundation for teaching children about encounters with bullies. We hope that our children will never have to face those bullies; but if they do, we want to know that they will prevail! Hear your child ROAR!!

As a Teaching Tool

For years parents have approached Renshi Matt, who has taught martial arts and self-defense to children for over a decade, with the same concern: "We don’t want our child to be violent or aggressive, but we don’t want them to get hurt either. What should we tell our child about self-defense?" Renshi formalized the answer in the form of the wonderful story that is QUIET Voice LOUD Voice.

Based on Renshi’s decades of teaching martial arts to children, QUIET Voice LOUD Voice lays out in wholesome story fashion three critical aspects of dealing with bullies; the same principles can also be applied to most any threatening situation. QUIET Voice LOUD Voice is also recommended as a visual aid for school teachers, martial arts teachers and other leaders of children as a foundation for discussing this sensitive topic. 

Please support Renshi by ordering one.  See him or Kyoshi to order an autographed copy.