Year 1970-71 when I started to learn or studied karate…it was our neighbor no less than Latino Gonzalez,his siblings,his students including sensei Rodolfo Gerochi were my inspirations that started my desires on the art of Shorinryu Karate..I told myself that I want to learn that kind or martial art but being a High school freshman that time 1971,I cannot afford the monthly fee of 500 pesos..I owed everything I’ve learned in Shorinryu from Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi …he offered to teach me karate for FREE…We practiced a lot..on any place available..most were rough garage pavement..no turning back..for years…the rest was history…Sensei Dolps as his most students called him introduces me later to the GRAND OLD MAN.. THE FATHER OF PHILIPPINE KARATE…LATINO GONZALEZ who taught me street fighting tecniques and encouraged me to practice my katas deligently for “it is the backbone of true karate” he said…STICK TO THE BASICS WHEN FIGHTING,he always uttered…”HARD AND FAST” ….”ONE KILL BLOW”…NO FIRST ATTACK and NO SECOND ATTACK were the principles he taught me of being a Shorinryu practitioner..The old man died in US with a lot of dreams he still want to be fulfilled..We were seperated by time,by our jobs by each destiny..now with Sensei Dolps and internet technology we were united…the old mans dream is bound to happened…Sensei Dolps will be here to fulfill it…only if you and I are willing to make it…
Bong Castante Sensei dolph, my instructors are Sensei Roderick Calanza, Sensei James James Sinosa, and Sensei Arthur Contapay. Hambal gani ni Atty. Rod sang una wala sya salig nga magdugay ko sa Shorin kay may una ko nga art. Pero I showed them my interest and since…See MoreRodolfo Gerochi commented on this.4th Dan – Sensie Shorin-Ryu KarateRodolfo Gerochi is the youngest Son of Atty Ricardo Gerochi and Concepcion Pasquin Gerochi. He has five brothers and two sisters. He is not only the least gifted in the family of eight but he was born with congenital cleft lip. Because of this, he often has been bullied in school and on his way home. Rodolfo developed his fighting skill at an early age because of the fist fight (almost everyday) on his way home from Iloilo Normal Laboratory School to Jalandoni street. Continue reading……….
Rodolfo Gerochi (continuation)Rodolfo’s teaching was “off and on” during the early 80’s until he decided to put up a dojo in 6th floor Kahirup Building Guanco Street Iloilo City. At the age of 26 he was the youngest Instructor in Western Visayas. It was the first school of karate that doesn’t employ sparring as a tool to hone the skill. You can’t witness a sparring session in the Shorin-Ryu Dojo. The approach to this kind of training is new and alien to most of the karate schools. The first Tournament that Kahirup Dojo joined is in Bacolod (National Tournament) as expected, the team did well but didn’t win the championship against the seasoned National team of the Coast Guard and PC team. The second tournament was against the local Karate schools of Iloilo and the young Shorin-Ryu team showed dominance over the seasoned local karate team. Viewers would comment that the Shorin-Ryu team were fighting like a robot. Of course it seems they are—- because they are trained to move without thinking. Once you think you’ll get hit; Once you think you’ll get scared—“just move forward and have faith on your training and intuitions”. That is inculcated in the mind of Shorin-Ryu fighters. . The Kahirup gym lasted only for two years, but with that Dojo—lies the foundation of Shorin-Ryu today. With that Dojo two school teams additional to the original team was organized— the UP Visayas and the West Visayas State University team.The Up Visayas team was composed of: 1) Dr. Israel Gonzalez 2) Atty Ricardo Ibaretta 3) Atty Roderick Calanza 4) Atty Joel Allones 5) Atty Trino Artuz 6) John Lavilles 7) James SinosaThe Shorin Ryu team is composed of: 1) Arthur Contapay 2) Joey Cabador RN 3) James sinosa 4) Rev. Benjie Huelar 5) Joefil KingThe young West Visayas State Univesity team is compost of the following: 1) Adrien Luntao 2) Engr. Ariel Aujero 3) Atty Anthony Porras 4) John Natividad RN 5) Xavier Nava 6) Joey Cabador RN 7) Rev. Benjie HuelarAll this team is competent and strong. (To be continued)………..OLDER POSTS
I am Atty. Ricardo C. Ibarreta, Jr.3rd degree Black Belt, Shorin Ryu Karate School.I am a practicing lawyer currently based here in Caloocan Cit. As a law practitioner, I am also a consultant to the housing project of the City of Malabon (until the end of january only) and teaches law subjects at the City of Malabon University.Recently, I help open a karate training program at the San Antonio de Padua Parish, Brgy. Tonsuya, Malabon City. The parish priest is a long time friend of mine and he thinks that teaching karate to his altar boys, choir and other kids will help them build their character. My god-daughter and her sister, 4th year high school and 1st year high school, are helping me out. They are black belters in another Okinawan Karate system also, but their Dad, who is a very …close friend of mine, wanted them to learn Shorin Ryu “because it maintained its traditional training”. We have at least 20 to 25 students ranging from 6 years old to 15 years old. We started training last December 4, 2013 at the Rectory (kumbeto sang pari) of the parish church.I was introduced to Karate at Grade 6 when I saw my first cousin, who was in college then, practicing karate in his room. I asked him to join him. It lasted only for a summer break, but it was enough for me to be interested. He then lent me a book of Bruce Lee, “Gung Fu” with a Latino Gonzlaes Introduction. It has a picture of him holding his black belt certificate and his teacher Katsuya Miyahira. I think the book was printed in the Philippines through the efforts of latino gonzales. So in my grade school and high school, I tried to emulate what I saw in the book particularly the exercises.In my 2nd year high school, a friend of mine introduced me to Sikaran. I manage to train for a few months until my mother told me to stop when I got injured in a sparring. In my college, I was introduced to Shorin Ryu Karate, and after that, I never looked back. Shorin Ryu became a part of my life instilling on me discipline, restraint, humility, and tolerance. In Shorin Ryu, it is not merely the physical aspect that is developed, but also the inner aspect of our humanity. I had been a novice/seminarian in a monastery for 7 years with its 2 hours of meditation per day (1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening). I realized that kata can be a meditation in motion. The physical and the spiritual dimension of our humanity can be integrated in the practice of Shorin Ryu karate.For me, the essence of karate is not in the ability to overcome multiple opponent, but in the discovery of its spiritual dimension and to integrate this in our character. What advice can i give to students? Practice, practice, practice. Basic, basic, basic. We always return to the basics.
Rodolfo Gerochi Tong, Thanks for the testimony—-abi ko lipatan mo na kami….it seems that you are in the right tract when it comes to the spiritual aspect of karate. Probably that is because of the 7 years in the seminary to become a priest that you have the leaning to understand the spiritual aspect of the Art. Our life should always be in balance—the mental and the spiritual. I remember in college when I was still playing chess—-after the chess tournament my mental capacity has been drained out and tired that I cannot sleep… I used to practice karate in the middle of the night until my physical being is tired too only then I got a good night sleep. Before each karate tournament that I joined…. every night I would create a mental picture of what is going to happen—I didn’t know that— that is already a meditation. I am sure I have shared to all of my players the same technique. Now it is being taught by Brian Tracy (famous inspirational speaker).Recently, my son wreck my new Ford explorer into a post and I don’t want to claim my insurance so I cannot afford to buy a new car. For almost a year I walk in the snow in the middle of the night (because I am working night shift) for a block (about 15 minutes walk) and survived. My technique is meditation–I prayed the holy Rosary every time I got off the Blue Bus and drag myself in the foot deep snow. The same effect with our kata. Our kata is a stress relieving tool when you are mentally tired and you need balance.Good luck! Tong—-happy to learn that you are still teaching karate.
Dr. Israel Gonzalez
4th Degree Black Belt Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
1. Israel V. Gonzalez 2. Physician – general surgery 3. I was introduced to the art through my friend James Sinosa 4. As a person karate gave me confidence, as well as discipline. As a whole it made me a better person with humility. 5. As a karate man I believe that you don’t have to go into a fight to win a battle, instead the more you should try to avoid . Since you are equipped with something very powerful, it is a test how you can control yourself. It becomes a responsibility . 6. My advice to new students is the same advise from Sensei Rodolfo … Never show off… Shun away from trouble… Be a good person and be a good example to the rest. 7. The best contribution is to be a good example so that one would influence others to make the group known for the good people that are in it. Then the group can influence people outside the group to help build a better society. As busy as I am with my little kids I will try to be of help to the group. I want my kids to learn the ways of Shorin, two of them already started and would like to continue should we have a consistent schedule. More power to Dynamic Circle Shorin Ryu!
Ma. Teresita Fe Calanza RN
2nd Degree Black Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
Everyone has a story to tell. This is my story… my best buddy Ana Lisa Puro invited me to check out dojo in Kahirup Building. I am astounded with the idea of joining Karatedo. Eventually we became karate students under Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi. I look forward in going to the dojo because I have a friend whom I can relate with and enjoy learning martial arts. In 1985 Lisa fell in love with Carl Kittel an American whom she met in the bar where she sings. In short she got married the following year and my interest in Karate was also lost. I have no decision in going back to dojo but fate might have sealed it that by circumstance I need to go back and practice self defense. A suitor who was a karate tough wannabe has been harassing me for quite sometime and upon discovering that I was under Sensei Dulpo threatened me even more. He bragged that they will challenge and spar the students of Sensei Dulpo. Every Saturday I would not miss Karate training in the hope that worst comes to worst I will be able to defend myself in anyway I can. I had the drive to continue training for this is the only way I could protect myself in case he decides to do more than harassment. One time in the dojo when I arrived there was excitement in the air. Everyone was talking about the incredible sparring performance of Margarito Arańador to a rival karate club. Even until now I would ask my husband to storytell what transpired that day…it never fails to put a smile on my face. I was redeemed that day. That rival club went home with tail between their legs. I am proud to be Shorin ryu and will continue to support the organization in anyway I can….together with my husband and daughter.
Xavier Ignatius L. Nava
2nd Degree Black Belt
I am Xavier Ignatius L. Nava , you may call me “xavier” , “xave” or “nonoy”. I am currently working at SM Development Corporation (SMDC) as an International Sales Manager. I am a second Degree Black Belter Promoted by Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi.
I was first introduce in the art of Karate when I was still in grade school. We have a relative from mother side who carries a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He taught me and my childhood friend some basic moves for over a year.
During my college days at West Visayas State University (WVSU) I had a classmate by the name of Benjie Huelar who was a member of Shorin Ryu. He invited me and my classmate Anthony Porras to attend the class and to be a member of the Shorin Ryu Karate Club of WVSU. At first, I have a hard time doing all the practice routines (calisthenics , kata, nianchin etc) because of my tight schedule. But later on I was able to manage my time and it became my hobby/sports . We have a regular practice at the WVSU gym, Iloilo Sports Complex and sometimes at the karate gym run by Sensei Arthur Contapay located beside SM Delgado.
The exciting part here was after our practice, we hang out at Teds Bathcoy and eat our favorite Batchoy. (nagaugtas ang waitress kay 3-4 times nagapa ngayo kami kaldo sang batchoy )… I am very honored and privileged that I was trained by Sensei Dolps , James Sinosa, Arthur Contapay, Benjie Huelar and Eugene Pestano. My batchmate at WVSU Campus are Joe John (Abyan Nyo) Natividad , Atty. Anthony Porras , Ariel Aujero, Danilo Dumaplin.
Some members from the UP Visayas Campus namely: Atty. Roderick (Ronin Shinobi) Calanza , the late Atty. Trino Artuz , Atty. Ricardo “ting tong” Ibarreta , Akit Villarin and others which I can no longer recall there names would also visit and practice with us, vice versa.
I missed the summer training camp at Sta. Barbara and the early morning jogging … (ginlagas kami sang mga ido one time… bisan bug-at amon rubber shoes tungod sang lutak nga nag dukot, triple kadasig amon dalagan kag waay kalab-ot mga ido sa amon) … I am willing to have a regular practice session here in Manila so I can pass the art of Shorin Ryu Karate to my children.
I thought at first that by practicng Shorin Ryu Karate, I can use the art for self defense and as my weapon , it will be an advantage in case I will get into trouble .. But later on, I learned from the the teaching of Sensei Dolps that the best offense/defense is to avoid trouble if you can, specially if your are in a disavantageous situation. It help me develope my sense of responsibility, discipline and commitment.
My advice to our new students is to stay humble and don’t be boastful about your art and always keep both feet on the ground. Be a responsible person. Remember that we will only use our art for self defense and not a trouble maker and use it as a weapon that can harm other person. Be a good role model for others.
I am 100% committed to support in my own little way whatever project that our organization will come up in the future .
4th Degree Black Belt
Year 1970-71 when I started to learn or studied karate…it was our neighbor no less than Latino Gonzalez, his siblings,his students including sensei Rodolfo Gerochi were my inspirations that started my desires on the art of Shorinryu Karate..I told myself that I want to learn that kind or martial art but being a High school freshman that time 1971,I cannot afford the monthly fee of 500 pesos..I owed everything I’ve learned in Shorinryu from Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi …he offered to teach me karate for FREE…We practiced a lot..on any place available..most were rough garage pavement..no turning back..for years…the rest was history…Sensei Dolps as his most students called him introduces me later to the GRAND OLD MAN….THE FATHER OF PHILIPPINE KARATE…LATINO GONZALEZ who taught me street fighting tecniques and encouraged me to practice my katas deligently for “it is the backbone of true karate” he said…STICK TO THE BASICS WHEN FIGHTING,he always uttered…”HARD AND FAST” ….”ONE KILL BLOW”…NO FIRST ATTACK and NO SECOND ATTACK were the principles he taught me of being a Shorinryu practitioner..The old man died in US with a lot of dreams he still want to be fulfilled..We were seperated by time,by our jobs by each destiny..now with Sensei Dolps and internet technology we were united…the old mans dream is bound to happened…Sensei Dolps will be here to fulfill it…only if you and I are willing to make it…
Mar 19 (2 days ago)
Good, morning Ricardo, I received your email and enjoyed looking at you and your family business, it is very interesting,and a great thing that you all are contributing to your community. The mastery of karate, is exciting to watch someone defending themselves. My husband said when he was a child his mother, enrolled him into karate school. He learned how to defend himself because he was being picked on and being beat up by other children. His mother was a teacher and was always helping other people in her community. She did not believe in violence, but at the same time she wanted him to be able to learn how to defend himself, if needed. I don’t know much at all about karate other than watching, some karate movies at times with my husband, which I thoroughly enjoy. Best wishes to you and your family business.