New Hampshire Celebration
An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko Hayes brought their “Nine Cuts – Nine Powers” 2011 teaching theme to Plaistow, New Hampshire, to celebrate the dedication of the Shinobi Martial Arts dojo. Over 70 practitioners gathered to share training with An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko and hosts Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney, Theresa Murphy, and Darryl Brazee. Guest instructors included Mark Sentoshi Russo from Tampa, Florida, Mark Davis from Boston, Masachusetts, and Ken Savage from Winchendon, Massachusetts.
“Kuji 5 – perceiving the premonition of danger” was the overriding theme, sword was the weapon of focus, and taijutsu instruction included defenses for grappling and power striking. An-shu Stephen K. Hayes recalls, “Was sensing just when to be at just the right spot in action around the seminar? Two days before the weekend and then again two days after, New England was blasted with days of heavy ice and snow that shut airports and brought travel to a halt, and yet the days of our event were beautiful so that those from other states could make it in and out with ease.”
Special congratulations go to Derek Thompson (attending from Los Angeles with mom-to-be Crystal) and Leo Dokutoshi Pimentel of New York, who disappeared like ninja ghosts under An-shu’s descending sword to complete the process of earning 5th Degree Black Belt, and Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney who received his promotion to 6th Degree Black Belt with endorsement from his teacher Mark Davis.