Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Retro Thanksgiving!!!

My mom and sister bought me this cranberry server. It matches my Mom's!!! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kicking Zumba Fundraiser

We had a great time and raised a generous amount of money at our Mantone Family fundraiser last Sunday, 9/7. Both parents are battling cancer and they have 12 year old twin girls, one with special needs. Thank you to Heatherly Law and her Zumba team for making the event a success. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!

Sai


Nunchaku

Sai with the guys!




Tonqua vs. Bo


Sai

Sai kata

Blocking



Gedan (low) block

Nunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Momjas

Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train

This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a desire to work hard, learn and practice at your own pace and level.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts



So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! 


Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.




Bo staff kata. 


Sai kata.


Watching. Absorbing.


Kama kata. 


Tonkuwa kata.