LAKE REGION BUDOKAN -- JAPAN KARATE DO RYOBU-KAI NORTH DAKOTA
--Martial Arts for Health -- Martial Arts for Life
The Lake Region Budokan was established in 1985 by Sensei Rick Senger. The word Budokan is Japanese and translates into "Bu" Martial, "Do" way or path, and Kan "building or place". It has promoted health and wellness and Self-Defense over the years. The Budokan was established to promote traditional Japanese Martial Arts. Maintaining that tradtion of teaching the arts as they were so intended by the founders. Researching the meanings of techniques and Katas (forms) is ever ongoing. To earn the "Black Belt" takes many years of study and training. It is then that you truly become a student. Learning Martial Arts is life long and the word "Do" meaning path or way becomes a path or way of living. To cultivate personal dicipline and character is truly the main goal.
Breif History of Ryobu-Kai
Shindo Jinen Ryu was founded by Yasuhiro Konishi, who was born in 1893 in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. Konishi Sensei began his martial arts training at age 6 in Muso Ryu Jujitsu. When he entered the equivalent of a western high school, he began training in Takenouchi Ryu jujitsu. This particular jujitsu style is known for its strong kicks and punches, very similar to karate. At age 13, while practicing jujitsu, Konishi Sensei began studying kendo as well. In 1915, he commenced studies at Keio University in Tokyo. While average tenure at university is four years, Konishi Sensei remained at Keio University for eight years because of his love for kendo and jujitsu. He was Keio University's kendo team captain, and continued coaching the university's kendo club after his graduation. Konishi Sensei's first exposure to "Te" (which later developed into karate) was through a fellow classmate at Keio University, Tsuneshige Arakaki of Okinawa. Konishi Sensei found the techniques of "Te" (as referred to by Arakaki) very similar to those of Takeuchi Ryu jujitsu. Though Arakaki was in no way a master of "Te", Konishi Sensei found the system to be very intriguing.
THE NAMING OF SHINDO JINEN RYU
Konishi believed that if you walk a morally correct path in this life, then you are naturally following the divine way. If you train in karate in a natural way and master your body, you will expand your knowledge and experience, and establish a solid foundation for naturally living a morally correct life. And so his style, on the recommendation of Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido), came to be Shindo Jinen-Ryu Karate-Jutsu ("godly, natural style, complete empty-handed way").
JAPAN KARATE-DO RYOBU-KAI TODAY
After the death of Konishi Sensei in 1983, authority for the organization was passed to his son, Yasuhiro (Takehiro) Konishi, 10th Dan.. Takehiro Konishi changed his name to Yasuhiro Konishi after his father's death. He was born on May 25, 1931, in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Keio University in March 1955. He oversees the operations of all the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai schools in Japan, and continues to guide the policies and philosophy of Shindo Jinen Ryu.
Today, the international growth of the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai is entrusted to the current International Chief Instructor, Kiyoshi Yamazaki, 9th Dan, based in Anaheim, California. He is also a member of the World Karate Federation's Technical Committee, Chairman of the Pan-American Karate Federation's Technical Committee, and the Chairman of the USA National Karate-do Federation's Technical Committee.
About Our Instructors:
Devils Lake Main Dojo: ND School for the Deaf Campus
Bismarck, ND Chapter: World War Memorial Bldg. Instructors: Sensei Bill Froelich: Nidan -- Karate and Jujitsu
Grand Forks, ND Chapter: Cross Fit Tundra, Gateway Drive. Instructor: Taylor Azure: Sandan -- Karate
Sensei Rick Senger
Sensei Rick Senger--Ryokudan
BA Degree, Business, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota.
Certified Instructor in Career and Technical Education, Valley State University, Valley City, ND
Teaching martial arts professionally since 1985.
U.S. Navy Veteran. 1964-1972.
1966 began training U.S. Naval Security Group Basic Defensive tactics.
Former Director, Hakkoryu Karate Jitsu Federation.
Member of the Japan Karate Do Ryobu-kai.
Member of the Seishin Kai Goshin Budo Jujitsu Union.
Member School for Nippon Budo Jinmukan Sword School, Sensei Howard High.
Chief Instructor for North Dakota, Japan Karate Do Ryobu kai.
Chief Defensive Tactics Instructor since 1990 for the Lake Region State College Police Academy.
Licensed Peace Officer, State of North Dakota.
Certified Peace Officer Instructor, State of North Dakota.
Certified Redman (force on force) Instructor.
Certified P.P.C.T. (pressure point control techniques) instructor.
Certified O.C. Instructor.
Charter Member International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.
Former Deputy Sheriff,Ramsey County, North Dakota.
Owner and Chief Instructor, Lake Region Budokan, since 1985.
Instructed in Taiho Jitsu, Japanese Police Defensive Tactics, by Shihan Darrell Craig, Houston Budokan, Houston, TX.
And Tsuneo Sengoku, Keishicho-Shihan, Chief Instructor, Tokyo Police Dept. Tokyo, Japan.
Instructed in Taiho Jitsu, Goshin Budo Jujitsu, Hakkoryu Karate Jitsu, Judo with Sensei Timothy Cruff.
Instructed many different organizations in self defense seminars. Including: Police, Military, Nurses, Teachers, coummunity organizations, Public School students and Teachers, State Government organizations, Canadian RCMP personal, andprivate security personnel.
International Tai Chi for Health Institute Tai Chi instructor.
Tai Chi Mary Rutten: Mary has been with the Budokan since 2000 and has been instructing Tai Chi since 2005. She is a Certified Instructor of Tai Chi for Engergy with the International Tai Chi for Health Institute.Mary graduated from Minot State College in 1968 with degrees in Education of the Deaf, Speech Pathology and Elementary Education. From 1968-1979 she accompanied her husband, John, in his career overseas with CARE Incorporated. The couple lived in the Dominican Republic; Calcutta, India, where their twin daughters were born; Guatemala City, Guatemala, where their son, Andrew, was born; La Ceiba, Honduras; Santiago, Chile: Islamabad, Pakistan. Mary started teaching at the North Dakota School for the Deaf in 1979 and retired in May of 2006. She is the proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren.
Bill Froelich--Nidan-- Shindo Jinen Ryu Karate Jitsu, Hakkoryu Karate Jitsu and Goshin budo Jujitsu
Bill is the senior Instructor at the Bismarck Dojo. Bill has been involved in Karate for over 20 years and is a very good competitor and certified Japan Karate do Ryobukai instructor. He became a member of the Japan Karate-Do Ryobukai in 2008 and an affiliated member of the Lake Region Budokan the same year. Bill is a great asset to the Martial arts.He is also brings his Jujitsu skills to the Budokan which are greatly appreciated.
Taylor Azure--Sandan, Shindo Jinen Ryu Karate-do
Taylor has been a student of Sensei Senger since 2000. Taylor is a great competitor and has won grand championship trophies in recent tournements. He takes his martial arts seriously and is knowlegable in his art. He is well liked by his students and fellow karateka. Taylor is a Graduate of the Univertsity of North Dakota and is Head Instructor for the Japan Karate-do Ryobu-Kai for North Dakota since the Retirement of Sensei Rick Senger. Sensei Taylor teaches at the Grand Forks North Dakota Dojo.
Sensei Brokke has been in the Martial Arts since she was 10 years old. She is a very accomplished martial Artist. Ms. Brokke is a Correction Officer with the Lake Region Law Enforcement center and is a licensed peace officer. Sensei Brokke has been an instructor for 9 years and assists Sensei Senger with Classes at the Devils Lake Dojo.
She enjoys teaching Women's Self Defense Classes around the area and is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor for Law Enforecement.
Richard Wee-- Shodan, Tai Kwon Do., Ikkyu, Shindo Jinen Ryu, Karate.
Mr. Wee has been in the Martial Arts for many years. He has been the Youth Instructor for the Devils Lake, Dojo for the past 3 years and enjoys teaching the beginning classes.