Kancho Ninomiya visited Butokuden for the 4th annual special training seminar. 11 adult students and 18 kids students from Butokuden had a very rare opportunity to learn directly from Kancho. On the same day, Alex Hayato Mikasa completed 10-men kumite and got promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt after 4 years of hard training.
Enshin Karate Inter-Dojo Tournament at Denver, Colorado
Nov. 14, 2009
Yoko Nitta and Yoshimi Asano represented Enshin Karate Irvine Branch at Butokuden to participate the annual Inter-Dojo Tournament that was held at Enshin Karate Headquarter in Denver, Colorado. Although it was their very first time to compete in any Karate tournament, they both impressed other Enshin members by their superior performance and brought 2 trophies back to Butokuden.
Gregory Vahanian is one of my first black belt students who followed me from NY to Colorado and was the head instructor at CU Boulder when he went to college there. On Monday, August 24th, 2009, the doctors diagnosed his 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, with leukemia. She has begun chemotherapy treatment and will require in-hospital care for close to a year. Greg and his wife Wendy have been at Isabella’s side 24 hours a day 7 days a week each taking 12 hour shifts. Insurance will not cover everything so I wanted to post this to help raise money for Greg and Wendy in this challenging time they are having. Whether or not you are able to offer financial assistance, I would greatly appreciate your keeping Isabella, big sister, Gabriela, Wendy and Gregory in your loving prayers. If you’d like to have a visual journal and updates on Isabella, please add Gregory Vahanian as a friend in FACEBOOK. (When doing so, please “add a message” mentioning my name, Kancho Ninomiya)
Checks can be made out to:
Joko Ninomiya and sent to
4730 East Colfax Ave,
Denver, CO 80220.
Please donate your valuable assistance by January 1, 2010