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JULY 19, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan:  Tony Bui was promoted to the rank of 4th Dan (Yondan).  Congratulations, Tony!

SEPTEMBER, 2017 - Ameer Syed, Sensei 4th Dan, began teaching karate and self-defense at 3 different training locations in the Saint Louis Area:  Ross Elementary School in Creve Coeur, Missouri and Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, Missouri.  He also volunteers his time teaching karate at a Community Center in Overland, Missouri.  Congratulations, Ameer!

NOVEMBER 21, 2015 in Lansing, Michigan:  Ameer Syed was promoted to the rank of 4th Dan (Yondan).  Congratulations, Ameer!

AUGUST 16, 2015
  - 6th Annual Karate Family Picnic, Vago Park, Maryland Heights, MO.
A great time was had by all!  A big thanks to all who came out for a day of summer fun.  Over a hundred of our Missouri dojos' students and their families and guests were able to make it.  Extra special thanks to Stephanie and Ian Faulkingham, as usual, for all their additional effort and time putting it together.  Even if Ian's culinary talents were "wasted" on the hot dogs, they were still definitely yummy!!

JULY 18, 2015 in Lansing, Michigan:  Stephanie Faulkingham, Sensei 3rd Dan, Gateway Shidokan Karate, received her Fuku Shibu (sub-branch) dojo certificate.  Congratulations, Stephanie!

APRIL, 2015
- Gateway Shidokan Karate, Stephanie Faulkingham (right), Sensei 3rd Dan, Instructor, was elevated from probationary to certified Fuku Shibu dojo by Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan.  Fuku Shibu dojos are under the direct supervision, tutelage and guidance of their Shibu dojo director.  Congratulations, Stephanie!

NOVEMBER 29, 2014 - A treasured member of our karate family, Jeff Miller (in below picture with his wife Beth), passed away.  He was the beloved father of Trevor and SummerMillers, who have been Shidokan students for many years. The world has lost a kind and wonderful soul, who was truly devoted to his lovely wife Beth and their two adorable children. 

Jeff and Beth participated with Summer and Trevor in nearly all our karate activities including the summer picnics, parties, training seminars, and trips to Lansing, Michigan for the annual National Training Seminar where the kids entered and excelled in tournaments.  The entire family, who are so warm and caring, came to mean very much to all of us.  They have battled way more than their share of illness over the years, and are loved by everyone who knows them.  Jeff will be terribly missed but will remain fondly in our memories forever.

NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2014...  To all my incredible students who attended our annual St. Louis, Missouri training seminar with Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, Grand Master:  A huge THANK YOU for your impressive representation of our Missouri dojos – Karate STL, The Arch Shidokan Karate, and Gateway Shidokan Karate.  All of you never fail to make your instructors immensely proud!  Much gratitude also goes to the students’ families who contributed greatly behind the scenes to make the weekend the success that it was.
-- Basinger Sensei 

JULY 20, 2014 in Lansing, Michigan:  Ameer Syed, Sensei 3rd Dan, The Arch Shidokan Karate, received his Fuku Shibu (sub-branch) dojo certificate. Tony Bui was promoted to the rank of 3rd Dan (Sandan).  Congratulations, Ameer and Tony!

JANUARY 20, 2014 - Karate STL entered the world of social media.  Check out our dojo page please and "Like" us by clicking on...
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JANUARY 13, 2014
- Karate STL is pleased and proud to announce the opening of its second St. Louis area branch karate dojo.  Effective January, 2014, Gateway Shidokan Karate reopenedS. Faulkingham at Maryland Heights Centre in Maryland Heights, Missouri -- originally Karate STL's second training location.  Instructor is Stephanie Faulkingham (right), Sensei 3rd Dan, who began her training with Basinger Sensei in November of 2003.  Over the years, entrusted with increasingly more assisting and teaching responsibilities, she eventually advanced in rank and experience in preparation for this transition to become instructor at her own branch dojo.  Congratulations, Stephanie! 
Note:  Maryland Heights Centre and Pattonville School District students will continue to have permission to make up missed classes at the “other” location, and will continue to enroll for karate/self-defense classes in the same manner as always.
Gateway Shidokan Karate
Classes held within and enrolled through
Maryland Heights Centre
2344 McKelvey Rd
(West of I-270 & Dorsett Rd, at Ameling)
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
(314) 738-2599 to enroll
CONTACT: 
Stephanie Faulkingham,
Sensei 3rd Dan, Instructor
Gateway Shidokan Karate
P.O. Box 2051, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
www.gatewayshidokan.com
teacher@gatewayshidokan.com 
(314) 643-7745             

NOVEMBER 23, 2013, in Lansing, Michigan, Kevin Queen was promoted to the rank of 1st Dan (Shodan), and Stephanie Faulkingham was promoted to the rank of 3rd Dan (Sandan).  Congratulations, Kevin and Stephanie!

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2013 - Karate STL held a two-day training seminar at Parkwood School.  Seminar instructor was world renowned Grand Master Seikichi Iha, who holds the highest title and rank of Hanshi 10th Dan.  Teacher to Basinger Sensei, Iha Hanshi (master) is president of the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association, and the United States Branch Chief for the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association. 

There was a remarkable turnout of adults and kids from Karate STL and its branch location The Arch Shidokan, all of whom made Basinger Sensei immensely proud, like they always do!  We were also honored to welcome as a seminar guest Lynn Tanner, 2nd Dan, from the Hombu dojo in Lansing, Michigan.  An educational, inspirational and fun time was reportedly had by all!

Basinger Sensei sends out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made the seminar an enormous success:  participating and observing students and their families...plus the amazing behind-the-scenes students who also generously contributed their precious time and effort (Ameer Syed, Stephanie Faulkingham, Kevin Queen...and other adult students who assisted in the seminar).  You are all appreciated way beyond words!  Thanks again!! 

OCTOBER 17, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, Laura Jenkins was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt.  Congratulations, Laura!

OCTOBER, 2013 - The Arch Shidokan Karate, Ameer Syed (right), Sensei 3rd Dan, Instructor, was elevated from probationary to certified Fuku Shibu dojo by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan.  Fuku Shibu dojos are under the direct supervision, tutelage and guidance of their Shibu dojo director.  Congratulations, Ameer!

AUGUST 4, 2013 - 4th Annual Karate STL Family Picnic
Vago Park
Maryland Heights, MO
(Pictures are our dojo Facebook page.)  Over 100 Karate STL students and their families turned out for hot dogs and some summer fun.  It was a pleasantly warm day and the kids had a great time lambasting each other with their water guns!  Everyone contributed by bringing delicious side dishes and soft drinks.  A big thanks goes to Stephanie Faulkingham for planning and organizing the event!  Stephanie's husband Ian again kindly accepted the position of head griller and music provider.  All of us appreciate your great job, Ian.  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to next summer's picnic!
 
NOVEMBER 9-10, 2012 - Karate STL held a two-day training seminar at Pattonville Heights Middle School.  Seminar instructor was world renowned Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan and president of the North American Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association, and the United States Branch Chief for the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association.  Seminar guests were Yujiro Uza, Sensei 5th Dan, of Shidokan's Chicago, Illinois dojo, as well as Stuart McCracken, 4th Dan, and Lynn Tanner, 2nd Dan, both from the Hombu dojo in Lansing, Michigan.

AUGUST 5, 2012 - 3rd Annual Karate STL Family Picnic
Vago Park
Maryland Heights, MO
About 90 Karate STL students and their families turned out for hot dogs and some summer fun, even though it was a sweltering hot and humid day -- the water guns helped make the heat tolerable!  Everyone contributed by bringing delicious side dishes and soft drinks.  A big thanks goes to Stephanie Faulkingham for planning and organizing the event!  Stephanie's husband Ian kindly accepted the position of head griller and music provider.  All of us appreciate your great job, Ian, especially on such a hot afternoon. 

JULY 20-22, 2012 - 15th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS)
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association
Lansing, Michigan USA
Carrie Shaw was a first-time attendee this year.  Other adult students from St. Louis traveling with Basinger Sensei were Ameer Syed and Kevin QueenTawni Miranda, Summer and Trevor Miller gave an exceptional performance in the youth kata tournament.  Non-participants who came to lend their valuable support were Jeff and Beth Miller, and Minerva Miranda.  They and all Karate STL students made Basinger Sensei extremely proud, like they never fail to do.

Among Karate STL adult and youth students who have attended seminars with Basinger Sensei:  George Fortier, Ameer Syed, Stephanie Faulkingham, Glenda and Bryan Petrofsky, Kristina Carpenter, Tony Bui, Kevin Queen, Candice Turner, Krystal Carpenter, Tawni Miranda, Tom Eberle, Laura Jenkins, Kathy Royer, Chris Sharp, Carl Armbruster, Nsilo Berry, Benjamin Royer, Chris Hardin, Georgy Kalachinsky, Nezariah Berry, Graham Lair, Makayla Green, Jordan Bolton, Seth Armbruster, Sara Blackwell-Hardin, Jacob Green, Trevor Miller, Arbaaz Syed, Khristopher Bolton.  Non-participating observers who came to lend support:  Karen Carpenter, Charles and Shelley Berry, Lennie and Molly Bolton, Lonnie Williams, Brian Royer, Linda, Don and Terri Turner, Tony and Minerva Miranda, Paul, Lisa, Sarah and Simon Jenkins, Terri Sharp, Kris Green, Jeff and Beth Miller.

JULY 19, 2012, in Lansing, Michigan, Karate STL Chief Instructor and Missouri Shibu Dojo Director, Sharon Basinger was awarded the title of Shihan (Certified Instructor) and rank of Rokudan (6th Dan).  Congratulations, Sensei!


SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 - Karate STL is pleased and proud to announce the opening of its first St. Louis area branch karate dojo, which is located in St. Peters, Missouri: The Arch ShidokanA. Syed Karate.  Instructor is Ameer Syed (right), Sensei 3rd Dan, who began his training with Basinger Sensei in June of 2003.  Over the years, entrusted with increasingly more assisting and teaching responsibilities, he eventually advanced in rank and experience in preparation for this transition to become instructor at his own branch dojo.  Congratulations, Ameer! 
The Arch Shidokan Karate
Updated 2017:
Classes held through...
Ross School
1150 Ross Ave
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
and
Selvidge School
235 New Ballwin Ro
Ballwin, MO 63021
CONTACT: 
Ameer Syed, Sensei 4th Dan, Instructor
www.stlshidokan.com
teacher@stlshidokan.com
(314) 473-5694


JULY 15-17, 2011
14th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS) & 
35th Anniversary Celebration & Demonstration
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association
President:  Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, Grand Master
Lexington Lansing Hotel & Conference Center
Lansing, Michigan USA
Activities and a curriculum were in place for all ranks and ages 4-adult.  The NTS was extra special this year in that we commemorated Iha Sensei's 35 years of teaching in North America!  Record numbers of participants and guests were present.  Dojo members traveled from numerous states in the U.S., as well as from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Okinawa, Saudi Arabia.  Throughout the weekend, there were amazing demonstrations of kata, kumite, bunkai, board breaking and kobudo (nunchaku, bo, kama).

Master teachers were in attendance from various parts of the globe, as well as other high ranking senseis and karate-ka with whom to train who never fail to be tremendously inspiring.  It is always an extraordinary opportunity to learn, unite and bond with fellow karate-ka from across the country and around the world, as well as to celebrate friendships old and new.  There was a Saturday youth tournament and a remarkably impressive youth demonstration at the Sunday banquet.  Our St. Louis kids delivered exceptional performances in both!

Seven Karate STL students competed in the youth tournament.  They placed in their respective divisions as follows (alphabetically):  Seth Armbruster, 2nd; Jacob Green, 4th; Makayla Green, 4th; Laura Jenkins, 4th; Summer Miller, 3rd; Trevor Miller, 4th; Tawni Miranda, 4th.  Congratulations to all these great kids on their well-deserved accomplishments!

Record numbers were in attendance this year from Karate STL, as well!  Students attending the NTS with Basinger Sensei from our St. Louis dojo were:  Ameer Syed, Stephanie Faulkingham, Tony Bui, Kevin Queen, Chris Sharp*, Laura Jenkins, Carl Armbruster*, Tawni Miranda, Summer Miller*, Makayla Green*, Seth Armbruster*, Jacob Green*, Trevor Miller*.  Non-participants who came to lend their support were Minerva Miranda, Paul, Lisa and Simon Jenkins, Terri Sharp*, Jeff* and Beth Miller*, Kris Green*.  An educational and fun time was reportedly had by all.  Everyone representing Karate STL made Sensei Basinger extremely proud -- no surprise there!
* First time attending NTS


JULY 14, 2011, in Lansing, Michigan, Tony Bui was promoted to the rank of 2nd Dan (Nidan), and Ameer Syed was promoted to the rank of 3rd Dan (Sandan).  Congratulations, Tony and Ameer!

JULY 5, 2011, in St. Louis, Missouri, Tawni Miranda was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt.  Congratulations, Tawni!

APRIL 20, 2011,Miranda so very tragically, Anthony (Tony/AJ) Miranda passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 42 due to sudden heart failure.  He was the beloved father of our student Tawni Miranda.  Tawni, who began her training with Basinger Sensei as a Tiny Tiger, is now 12 years old and holds the rank of advanced brown belt.  She attends the youth advanced class at both locations, and often voluntarily assists in other classes.  All of us at Karate STL are truly heartbroken for Tawni and her mother Minerva, as well as for her brother Marc.  They are in our thoughts and prayers, now and always.
 
Many of us came to know Tony and Minerva when they would proudly watch while Tawni trained.  Over the years, a lasting friendship and special bond formed among us as their family became enthusiastically involved in Karate STL activities, among which were attending NTS in Lansing several times, and competing in tournaments.  Tawni and her family have always had such spirit and life, and that they've been touched by this tragedy is simply unfathomable.  It is a tremendous shock and devastating loss to our karate family.  Tony was a warm and caring person, and genuinely devoted to his family.  He always had a smile and his presence lit up a room.  He was intensely loved and respected, and will be sorely missed, by anyone blessed enough to have known him.  This world lost a wonderful man and beautiful soul, but he will remain in our hearts forever.  (These sentiments are shared by the members of Karate STL.)

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DECEMBER 9, 2010 - The Third Annual Program Showcase, Maryland Heights, Missouri, exhibited a sampling of the many programs offered at Maryland Heights Centre, including a karate demonstration comprised of youth and adult students from our Karate STL Maryland Heights location.  We are extremely proud of all our students who gave an impressive and crowd-pleasing performance!  A huge and sincere thanks goes to organizer Stephanie Faulkingham, and the demo participants as well as to their supportive families.

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 - Karate STL and Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association members mourn the loss of Katsuya Miyahira, Hanshi 10th Dan, President of the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association, who passed away in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, at age 92.  The world-wide karate community is saddened by the death of this great teacher and leader.  Teacher to Seikichi Iha, Miyahira Sensei was an extraordinary man who will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

NOVEMBER 20, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan, Stephanie Faulkingham was promoted to the rank of 2nd Dan (Nidan).  Congratulations, Stephanie!

NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2010:  Celebration of Sharon Basinger's
15th Anniversary of teaching in St. Louis!
 Anniversary poster
Banner
On Saturday, there was a karate demonstration in the Pattonville Heights School gym, Maryland Heights, Missouri, featuring over 50 of our students from both training locations, enthusiastically displaying their impressive skills which included kata, kumite, bunkai and board breaking.  100+ spectators were in attendance!  There was a 50" x 8" banner and a 36" x 48" poster (both pictured above) on display at the celebration, as well as demo programs that were handed out to the spectators, all painstakingly created by Basinger Sensei's students: Stephen and Chris Green, Chris Hardin and Sara Blackwell-Hardin.  And Stephanie Faulkingham spent many, many hours assisting Sensei in preparing and directing students, and putting everything together, culminating in a fantastic two days.  So many other students also volunteered their valuable time, effort and amazing expertise resulting in an extremely special weekend: Among those are Zy Faulkingham, Kevin Queen, Ameer Syed and Tony Bui...plus, student Laura Jenkins' mom, Lisa Jenkins, kindly made available her professional photographic skills to Karate STL students (the above group photo is courtesy of Ms. Jenkins of LJ Photography STL).
   
The guest of honor at this momentous event was Basinger Sensei’s teacher, esteemed Grand Master, Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, who conducted an educational and inspiring two-day training seminar.  Without Iha Sensei’s continuous guidance, support and encouragement that started back in 1989, Basinger Sensei's dojo would have no 15th anniversary to celebrate.  She was surprised and honored to be presented with a very elegant plaque from Sensei Iha in recognition of her years dedicated to furthering Shidokan Shorinryu Karatedo.  We were also very pleased to welcome as seminar guests Yujiro Uza, Sensei 4th Dan, of Chicago, Illinois (who also gave an outstanding performance in the demo!), and Lynn Tanner, 1st Dan, from the Hombu dojo in Lansing, Michigan.  Yuji is Basinger Sensei's longtime friend with whom she trained while living in Dallas.  Basinger Sensei and Lynn became friends when they were among the group of students from North America traveling with Sensei Iha to Okinawa last year (see August 10-20, 2009 below).

Basinger Sensei wishes to offer her deepest gratitude to all her students and their families who contributed in countless ways to make this weekend such a huge success -- far beyond her wildest expectations!  She feels truly privileged to be their sensei.  She knows she could never adequately express the magnitude of her pride and appreciation, so she can only say to all of them, "THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!"

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AUGUST 1, 2010 - 1st Annual Karate STL Family Picnic
Vago Park
Maryland Heights, MO
About 60 Karate STL students and their families turned out for hot dogs and some summer fun! 

JULY 16-18, 2010 - 13th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS)
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association
Lansing, Michigan USA
Laura Jenkins, Chris Hardin and Sara Blackwell-Hardin were first-time attendees this year.  Laura and Tawni Miranda gave an exceptional performance in the youth kata tournament.  Like usual, they and all Karate STL students made Basinger Sensei very proud.

NOVEMBER 13-14, 2009 - Karate STL held a two-day training seminar at Pattonville Heights Middle School.  Seminar instructor was world renowned Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan and President of Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association.  We were also honored to welcome as seminar guests Yujiro Uza, Sensei 4th Dan, of Chicago, Illinois, and Lynn Tanner, 1st Dan, from the Hombu dojo in Lansing, Michigan.  An educational and fun time was had by all at the well-attended seminar!

AUGUST 10-20, 2009 - Karate STL Head Instructor, Sharon Basinger had the rare opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Japan, with her teacher Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, and a 
group of about 30 other fellow Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association members from North America.  The principal focus of the trip was the 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo World Tournament and Training Seminars at the Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan in Naha City.  There were over 1,100 participants from 40 countries at the televised event.  The opening  ceremony included karate demonstrations in which Basinger and other Shidokan Shorinryu members proudly performed.  She acted in the capacity of tournament coach; 15 others of her North American group competed in the tournament.  We are all very proud of Laura Chartier, Sensei 5th Dan, of our Clawson, Michigan, shibu dojo, who finished 3rd in her division.  Congratulations, Laura!   Also in attendance were about a hundred Shido-kan Shorin-ryu members from several countries and continents around the globe, including South America, Asia, Europe and Africa.   

Shuri Castle
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his being her second visit to Okinawa, Basinger Sensei was able to intensify the experience.  Her coaching role allowed even deeper interaction with fellow karate-ka, and from a different perspective than when she competed in 1997.  Friendships created on the last trip were renewed, as well as new friendships formed with fellow karate-ka she had previously known only peripherally.  Okinawa sites revisited were even more meaningful because she had time to absorb things she missed before (like seeing a great movie the second time).  The group was also granted the privilege and honor of visiting the dojo of Katsuya Miyahira (1918-2010), Hanshi 10th Dan and President of Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association.  Other than at the Budokan, training was also held at other Okinawa dojos with Okinawan masters.  Among the sites visited were historic Shuri Castle -left, Okinawa Chiraumi Aquarium-Ocean Expo Park, Shikinaen Royal Garden (18th century largest second residence for the Ryukyu royal families), an Ancient Okinawa Cultural Village, ancient masters' memorial sites, Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace (over 200,000 names engraved in granite -- soldiers and civilians regardless of nationality -- of those who lost their lives in the 1945 World War II Battle of Okinawa).

JULY 17-19, 2009 - 12th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS)
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association
Lansing, Michigan USA
Tawni Miranda was a first-time attendee this year and gave a terrific performance in the youth kata tournament and banquet demonstration.  She and all Karate STL students made Basinger Sensei very proud, as usual.

JULY 16, 2009 in Lansing, Michigan, Tony Bui was promoted to the rank of 1st Dan (Shodan).  Congratulations, Tony! 

APRIL, 2009 - Maryland Heights location news/photos:
     To see photo/short biography of Stephanie Faulkingham, Sensei 3rd Dan Instructor of Gateway Shidokan Karate (Karate STL branch dojo as of 2015), on the City of Maryland Heights web site, go to the Meet Our Instructors page under City Government: http://www.marylandheights.com/index.aspx?page=463.
     On the cover of the 2008-09 Winter/Spring issue of the MH classes brochure, our own Karate STL students are being featured while in class:  Pictured are Daniel Burns, Alex Maxwell, Summer Miller, Zy Faulkingham and Colin Parker.  On page 8 there is a collage containing more in-class photos -- among our students are Sydney Walsh and Tom Lindell.
     In the MH Summer 2009 issue on page 10, our adult karate class is being featured with a photo of Karate STL student, Tony Bui, 1st Kyu:  http://www.marylandheights.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1662

JULY 17, 2008 in Lansing, Michigan, Stephanie Faulkingham was promoted to 1st Dan (Shodan), and Ameer Syed was promoted to the rank of 2nd Dan (Nidan).  Congratulations, Stephanie and Ameer!

JANUARY 24, 2008 -
NHL Saint Louis Blues Hockey mascot Louie visits Karate STLLouie, St. Louis Blues Hockey Team mascot, visits Karate STL kids at Pattonville Heights Middle School!   Louie is the mascot for the NHL  St. Louis Blues Hockey team.  The resulting video can no longer be viewed, unfortunately.  The video aired on the Jumbotron at the Blues' home game on February 10, 2008.  A big "Louie-size" thanks goes to our great students and their supportive families who made it possible, as well as to the St. Louis Blues for contacting us to participate in this fun event.  We all had a blast!  GO BLUES!!  

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JULY 20-22, 2007 - 10th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS)
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association
East Lansing, Michigan USA 
From Iha Sensei's web site:  "This year's NTS was a great success with over 250 Shido-kan karate enthusiasts participating in three intensive days of training with Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan, at Michigan State University. Members of dojos from throughout the U.S., Canada, Okinawa Japan, Colombia and Israel were in attendance this year. We enjoyed many hours of active training time with Iha Sensei each day along with break-out sessions on a wide range of applications with our senior teachers..."  http://www.ihadojo.com/Events/2007_NTS_after.htm     [Read on for more 2007 NTS recap -- includes Youth Seminar, Demonstration & Kata Tournament Highlights and the Ryukyu Ocho Suidi Kobujutsu Association Bo Seminar.]

JULY 20-23, 2006 - NTS & 30th Anniversary
9th Annual National Training Seminar (NTS) & 
30th Anniversary Celebration and Demonstration
East Lansing, Michigan USA
This NTS we commemorated Iha Sensei's 30 years of teaching in the U.S.  Leading the seminar were honored guest karate master teachers, all under the direction of Iha Sensei.  There were more than 320 participants at the tremendously successful event...from the US, Okinawa, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Israel!  An open-to-the-public demonstration was held at the Wharton Center featuring Iha Sensei and visiting karate masters, traditional Okinawan festival dancers, kobudo (weapons), and creative contributions from each Shidokan dojo including Karate STL.

JULY 20, 2006, in Lansing, Michigan, Ameer Syed was promoted to the rank of 1st Dan (Shodan), and Karate STL's Chief Instructor and Missouri Shibu Director, Sharon Basinger Sensei was promoted to the rank of 5th Dan (Godan).  Sensei had an additional stripe embroidered onto her deceased husband's 4th Dan obi (belt), so that she could wear it to honor him.  Congratulations, Ameer and Sensei!

MARCH 18, 2006, in Lansing, Michigan, Kristina Carpenter -- was promoted from Junior Black Belt to the rank of 1st Dan (Adult Shodan Black Belt).  Congratulations, Kristina!
 
DECEMBER 30, 2005, Shidokan Israel's head instructor, Amit Michaeli took Michal to be his wife in Jerusalem, Israel.  It was truly our pleasure meeting and training with Amit at Karate STL during his April-May, 2001, stay in St. Louis.  His sensei is Paul Snader from the Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Shidokan Dojo.  Congratulations and the very best of our wishes go to Amit and Michal!


FEBRUARY 13, 2005 - Twenty-three Karate STL students participated in a karate demonstration at the "Celebrate the World” International Festival held at Maryland Heights Centre.  The students did an exceptional job of exhibiting their skills, and made Basinger Sensei extremely proud to be their teacher.  The festival featured music, dance, folk art and crafts, demonstrations, children’s activities and food from around the world.  Among the many countries represented were Japan, Bulgaria, Kenya, India, Greece, Brazil, Peru, Bosnia, Mexico, Philippines and more.

JANUARY 9, 2005 - Congratulations to Kate and George Fortier on the birth of their son, George IV!  The Fortiers also have two daughters, Eleanor (5/16/01) and Theresa (10/19/02).  George III holds the rank of 2nd Dan at Karate STL.
 
NOVEMBER 30, 2004, in St. Louis, Missouri, Krystal Carpenter was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt.  Congratulations, Krystal!

As of SEPTEMBER 27, 2004, Joel D. Hubbard is in no way affiliated with, and any of his previous ranks are revoked by:  Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association and its President/Director, Grand Master Katsuya Miyahira, Hanshi 10th Dan; Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association and its President/Director, Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan; Karate STL and its Director/Chief Instructor, Sharon Basinger, Shihan 6th Dan.

MAY 24, 2004, Melissa Lonsberry from Lansing, Michigan, visited Karate STL.  We were all very pleased that Melissa was able to carve out some time from her business trip to train at our dojo.  It was a real pleasure meeting and training with her!

FEBRUARY 26, 2004, in St. Louis, Missouri, Candice Turner was promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt.  Congratulations, Candice!

DECEMBER 5-7, 2003 - Basinger Sensei's budo friends, Caryl Akamichi and her students (Marie and Elaine) from Long Beach, California, and James Emery from Charlotte, North Carolina, visited Karate STL and attended a training seminar conducted by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan.  We always have a great time training and socializing with our karate family!  

JULY 4, 2003 - Congratulations to Lisa Humphrey on the birth of her son, Quinten!  Lisa is the daughter of Sharon Basinger, Missouri Shibu Director and Chief Instructor at Karate STL.


DECEMBER 27, 2002 - Tragically, Karate STL's Gordon Basinger Sensei died of complications from cancer at age 62.  Beloved husband of Sharon Basinger, he was also a highly regarded teacher and friend to many at Karate STL, as well as a respected member of the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association.  
More about Gordon and Sharon Basinger.
 
MAY 17-20, 2002, Karate STL hosted a two-day training seminar including an open-to-the-public karate demonstration, all of which was conducted by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, with assistance from Koichi Nakasone, 8th Dan from Okinawa.  Caryl Akamichi from Long Beach, California, traveled to St. Louis for the event.  Unable to participate in the seminar/demo, Frank Samples of the Hombu dojo in Lansing trained at our dojo the following Tuesday.  It's always great spending time with our karate family.

NOVEMBER 14, 2001 - Congratulations to Bryan and Glenda Petrofsky on the birth of their second son, Aiden!  The Petrofskys' firstborn, Isaac, holds the distinction of being Karate STL's first "dojo baby" -- 2nd generation student.  Isaac and Aiden became Karate STL students upon reaching age 4.  Both parents are 1st Dans at Karate STL, where they met.

OCTOBER 1, 2001 - The City of Maryland Heights requested that Sharon Basinger begin teaching karate at Maryland Heights Centre.

JULY 28, 2001 - Our beloved master Seikichi Iha was promoted to 10th Dan by his teacher, Grand Master Katsuya Miyahira on March 25, 2001, making Iha the highest ranking Okinawan master residing in the United States.  However, it was not publicly announced until July 28, 2001 at the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo 25th Anniversary Celebration in East Lansing, Michigan. The announcement drew an immensely enthusiastic standing ovation of friends, family and hundreds of his students (including several from Karate STL) who were present.  Iha's rank is certified by the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association, Okinawa, Japan.  Congratulations, Iha Sensei!

JULY 26, 2001 - Karate STL's Sharon and Gordon Basinger were promoted to 4th Dan (Yondan) in Lansing, Michigan, by Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan.  Congratulations, Basingers Sensei!

JUNE 2, 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri, Karate STL's Break-o-Rama was held.  A fun time was reportedly had by all and all boards were successfully broken with bare hands!  Congratulations to our winners for the most funds raised -- First prize winner: Jormond Burch.  Second prize winner:  Tom Lindell.  Third prize winner: Austin Schumann.  Prizes were presented in class Tuesday, June 12, 2001.  Sincere appreciation is extended to all fund-raising participants and their supportive families.  Thank you also to Brett Schumann for his time, effort and expertise in designing and constructing our unique and superb board-breaking stand.

APRIL 26, 2001, Basinger Sensei's longtime budo friend from Lansing, Michigan, Ricardo Briones visited Karate STL.  Ricardo was her coach in August, 1997, at the Okinawa Karate and Kobudo World Tournament in which she was a competitor.  It was great having Ricardo at our St. Louis dojo!

OCTOBER 22, 2000 - Karate STL was elevated from Fuku Shibu to Shibu dojo status, by Head Master Seikichi Iha during his visit to St. Louis.  Shibu dojos are under the direct supervision, tutelage and guidance of Iha Sensei at the Hombu dojo in Lansing, Michigan.

NOVEMBER, 1997 - Karate STL's Sharon and Gordon Basinger were promoted to 3rd Dan (Sandan) in Lansing, Michigan, by Head Master Seikichi Iha.  Congratulations, Basingers Sensei!

AUGUST 17-29, 1997Basinger & Miyahira - Basinger Sensei made her exciting first-time trip to Okinawa, Japan, with her teacher Head Master Seikichi Iha, and a veryBudokan large group of fellow Beikoku Shidokan Association members.  Basinger Sensei and other Shidokan Shorinryu members proudly performed.  Basinger had the rare opportunity to compete in the momentous tournament where, to her proud surprise, she reached the finals in her division.  Over 2,000 competitors from 50 countries at the televised event commemorated the grand opening of the impressive Kenritsu Budokan (Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts - right).  Also in attendance were countless Shidokan students from several countries and continents around the world including South America, Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa.   

Our North American group was also honored to visit and train with Iha Sensei's teacher Katsuya Miyahira (1918-2010) - (left, with Basinger Sensei), Hanshi 10th Dan and President of Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association.  In addition to the Budokan and  Miyahira
Sensei's dojo, training was also held at other Okinawa dojos with distinguished Okinawan masters.  Among the sites visited were historic Shuri Castle, Shikinaen Royal Garden (18th century largest second residence for the Ryukyu royal families), an Ancient Okinawa Cultural Village, ancient masters' memorial sites, Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace (over 200,000 names engraved in granite -- soldiers and civilians regardless of nationality -- of those who lost their lives in the 1945 World War II Battle of Okinawa).

SEPTEMBER 17, 1996 - Pattonville School District designated Sharon Basinger Sensei as its karate instructor.

OCTOBER 11, 1995 - Authorized and sanctioned by Head Master Seikichi Iha
Sharon and Gordon Basinger opened their dojo at Westport Athletic Club located in Midwest St. Louis County, Maryland Heights, Missouri.
  

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