9-7). Testimonials

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Rodolfo Gerochi
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Joe John
Joe John Natividad
3rd Degree Black Belt, Okinawan Shorin Ryu Current Residence: Chicago, Illinois USA Occupation: Entrepreneur, RN Birthplace: Molo Iloilo City, Philippines
Started Karate at the age of 17. Was introduced by Laki Madlangbayan, to Sensei Adrien Luntao ( Shorin Ryu Black Belt and Instructor ). His first lesson came from Sensei Adrien Luntao and was introduce to various instructors namely: Sensei James Sinosa and Sensei Arthur Cuntapay where he spent majority of his training. Then he got introduced to and learned from Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi while training for his first competition. Also an integral part of his learning came from Sensei Eugene Pestano where he had learned various applications to everyday life situations.
Since then he became one of the instructors in Okinawan Shorin Ryu after achieving his first degree Black Belt promoted by Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi himself. He had instructed a small group of individuals who are passionate in learning the Art of Okinawan Shorin Ryu. These individuals are now respected members of our society and are great citizens who contributes to our society through their respective professions.
Karate had became his passion through all the years of training and instructing.
In the current world that we live in where everything evolves rapidly, tradition are often times at a greater risk of extinction. He believes that through our collective efforts as leaders of society and most especially of Dynamic Circle of Shorin Ryu Association of the Philippines and Dynamic Lifestyle of Shorin Ryu Inc. we could preserve the said Tradition. Focusing our efforts to educate and improve the youths of our generation to becomeleaders is the key.
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James Eigo

Jamie Eigo,   2nd Dan Black Belt

My name is Jaime Eigo. I started karate at 8 years old with the first cousin of my Mom– Tito Dolfo.  When our karate dojo (Kids Super Gym) was sold as a franchise, I was down hearted because I am already used to the dynamic exercise of Karate.

Thanks to Tito Dolfo for his passion to teach me from time to time until I truly started to understand the Philosophy behind the simple moves of the katas.

Presently I am an assistant manager of the Golf Club in Aurora, and an avid gun collector.  I love hunting ducks, deer, and moose.

With my knowledge and experience I volunteer to assist Tito Dolfo in spreading the good teachings of Shorin-Ryu.

Personality Dynamics of Shorin-Ryu LifeStyle

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Eugene PestanoEugene
Eugene Pestano 9:47am Dec 19
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…

Arthur
I am  Arthur Contapay, 54 yrs.of age.
A 4th degree blackbelt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu.
I am engage in the bakery business.
When I was a young boy, I was very fond of watching karate films. Later, my older brother who was a student of Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi, introduced me to him. Sensei Gerochi took me in his dojo and he became my mentor.   He taught me and trained me to be a true karate warrior,  physically superior and morally straight. I was able to develop my restraint and self control. He taught me how to respect my fellowmen and gain respect in return.   As I progressed in my study of karate, I came to realize that physical prowess alone is not enough.It should be tempered with the mental and philosophical strength that is the way of the empty hand.
I became a better man.   I believe that every karateka should adhere to the karate creed .To uphold what is right and to protect the weak. This philosophy, I would like to inculcate in the minds of new karate students.   By teaching eager students in return, I believe that I can recruit more for the Dynamic Circle.

Agustin S. Castante III   First Degree Black Belt   Okinawan Shorin Ryu
I am now currently employed as an Accounts Officer of an International Manpower Agency in Metro Manila.
When I was 8 years old, I loved watching my cousin and uncle practicing karate. My uncle is a shorinji kempo and my cousin is a shotokan. Both are blackbelts in their own respective art. When I was alone, I tried imitating their actions and moves. I also tried doing some calisthenics I saw from them: Push up, sit up, wild punching and other show boat movements. When I reached high school, because of my curiosity and love of martial arts, I joined shotakan as the only available martial arts in our town in Cabatuan, province of Iloilo where I learned some basics of karate like blocking, kicking and punching. I also joined boxing as one of the sports offered and sanctioned by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. My passion in martial arts was always hindered as my mother and other siblings do not like it as for them it is only for the barbaric and braggart individuals. They made me chose whether I continue practicing martial arts and stop my schooling or continue my schooling and stop martial arts. I chose to finish my education as I know I could still find my passion after I graduated in college. When I got a job after I graduated, I prayed and asked God to show me a sign and lead me the way to my passion. God answered me after three years when I got sick. I entered the compound of Jaro Cathedral where I saw a signboard of foot reflex. I went inside the Ave Maria Council and have a service of one of the reflexologists to cure my headache and colds. During the session of reflex, I heard some banging of pads, series of shouts and stumps of kicks. To make the story short, I met the karate instructor in charge and he introduced me the art of Shorin Ryu. Under the tutelage of senior blackbelts, I started absorbing the system and the art of Shorin Ryu. Okinawan Shorin Ryu will be my art forever because of its explosiveness and simplicity of movement. Karate gives me discipline which I never experienced inside the school compound or inside the 4 corners of the classroom. Karate gives me self control and grace in some sensitive and crucial situation. Karate emphasizes RESPECT.Karate is like a piece of chocolate, sweet and pleasing to the senses. Once you have it, you have the responsibility to share it to the deserving students. Karate like chocolate needs to be chewed before you swallow it, otherwise you will be in the wrong tract and you will be choked. To all the students of Shorin Ryu karate, learn the art by heart. When you are tired, rest. When you are knocked down, stand up. Never give up! As a student of Shorin Ryu, I will always try my best to uphold the principles of Karate until the final breath. As member of Dynamic Circle, I will support its program to the best of my capacity. Dynamic Circle can utilize my talent and skills as an educator and instructor.
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      Sensie Rodolfo

      4th Dan  – Sensie  Shorin-Ryu Karate
      Rodolfo 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

        • Ibaretta
          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.
          • Rodolfo Gerochi

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My testimony is still being edited. But here is the transcript. Should the final draft n8t meet the deadline, this will suffice. My name is John Christian Soriano Lavilles.3rd Degree Black Belt Promoted by Sensei Dolps. As a child, I was naturally lenient towards martial arts. I was a fan of Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan. At the age of 8 or 9 every after quarterly exams, I, together with my best friend, would sneak (our parents would not allow us to go anywhere out of school) to Ocean theater in Cubao to see a Kung Fu movie that starred Meng Fei, Jacky Chan or Bruce Lee. When I got home, I’d like imitate the stuntes I had just seen in the movies and then when my father, Atty. Johnny Lavilles, then an agent of the National Police Commission got home, I’d have him teach me some judo and jiu jitsu moves. Then, I waw so lucky to get hold of the book: The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Is studied it seriously during my 2nd year of high school and started sharing my knowledge with close friends who wanted to ‘know’. I thought.. I was a natural. I was then moved to the University of San Agustín in Iloilo at my 4th year of high school; a very awkward move, I then thought. Whereafter, I moved on to enroll for my 1st year of college at The University of the Philippines in the Visayas where I took up Biology and at the same time, joined the UP Scintilla Juris Fraternity. After being a member of the said frat for about 2 months, a fellow freshman by the name of James Sinosa approached our hangout to introduce himself as a nephew of a certain Rodolfo Gerochi who was allegedly the best friend of our late brod, Tata Grino. James was my HS Batchmate in San Agustín. He was in section E, while I was in an adjacent room, Section D. We were friends! So before he was able to recruit us to be karate students of his uncle(our Sensei), I successfully recruited him to be my fraternity brother! We then started to attend Sensei Dolpo’s karate classes at the penthouse of Kahirup building along Guanco Street in Downtown Iloilo. We practiced everyday; all striving to achieve 100 hours of practice to earn the HONOR of WEARING A WHITE BELT! After school, together with Roderick Calanza, Joel Allones, James Sinosa, Trino Artuz (RIP), Israel Gonzales, we would rush to Kahirup dojo to practice, laugh and play ping pong and afterwards have a snack of Tibiao Siopao and a 500ml Sprite at a pharmacy beside the building. That routine went on for months and months until the dojo had to close down. Our practice sessions, however, continued in many differrent locations, I can no longer recall. But memory of all my training remained in my system even until such time that I had already forgotten that I was a karateka. I moved to Manila, my hometown, to pursue my studies in UP Diliman. There, I was tapped by my frat brods to impart my knowledge of karate, which i unselfishly shared, especially to those who deserved instruction. When I started working, i barely had time to exercise, until when I went to Iloilo for a vacation in 2000. I was invited by Jimbo to attend their practice session at Amigo Terrace hotel. During the said session, I RAN OUT OF BREATH! At the early age of 32, it was a bad sign. It was a sign that I wasn’t in goo physical shape! So the very moment I got to Manila, I decided to get fit and go into jogging at the Marikina Sports Park and I observed that there were many martial arts practitioners. Disciplines that ranged from boxing, jiu jitsu, tae kwon do and arnis. That was what reminded me that I was, in fact, a karateka, myself. When I met an shorinryu original master, I requested him to help me review my katas. So it started again. To this day, I had always been practicing shorinryu karate. Maybe not as often and not as strenuous and as dedicated as when I was younger, yet still, I am consistently reminded that there is Okinawan Shorinryu Karate blood running in my veins. When Dynamic Circle was founded, Eugene Pestano invited me to practice alongside Xavier Nava. We held sessions at a gym in Paranaque. There, I felt KARATE NEVER LEFT MY SYSTEM. I realized that KARATE HAD ALWAYS BEEN IN MY BLOOD. Today, I am a semi-retired IT Professional. I had a computer shop for about 10 years, a business I left to indulge in fixing my own life as a man.I go into businesses I think I can make any money out of. At the age of 45, I am very physically active and not a day would pass that I don’t include a karate move in my exercise regimen. And, being a karate man reminds me of keeping my cool when I want to save my money -I DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S HOSPITAL BILLS JUST BECAUSE ‘I LOST IT’. I would also like to say that, just like our sensei Dolps, I am very much willing to share tknowledgedge, he very patiently and very unselfishly shared with me and the fellow karatekas I trained with – Jimbo, Joel, Roderick, Joey, Benjie, Tingtong, Arthur, Israel, Joefil, Trino and others whose names I can no longer recall; yet whose camaraderie I shared withI can never forget. John C.S. Lavilles December 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California
Rodolfo Gerochi
   Maria Christina Villarin Celis          
   Ma. Christina Villarin-Celis 1st Degree Black Belt Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
1)  Ma. Cristina Villarin-Celis 2)  Instructional designer/Trainer at Teleperformance.
3) I was encouraged by classmate and friend from UP High after graduation to practice karate 4) I started out with the intent to protect myself from very abusive people and probably get a chance to get back at them when I already can. Instead I learned discipline, learned to forgive, and met some of the most fascinating and loyal friends who protected and counseled me to this day. 5) Patience and discipline is ingrained in your blueprint as a karateka. And people can sense that in you. 6) What I learned all those years of training is that it’s not about the belt, because we have white belts humbling black belts of other clubs. It’s about doing your best and the rest will follow. It’s what you do which defines who you are. 7) I just wish that me and my kids can find more time to be involved in all the activities of Dynamic Circle/Shorin Ryu. I only come home to Iloilo 3-4x a month. But for those members and their families who are looking for jobs, willing to venture in Bacolod, please reach out to me anytime and I will do the best that I can to help.
Adrian                   
 Adrien Luntao
3rd Degree Black Belt Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
Master Mariner Current Residence: Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom Current Occupation: Head of Training and Development, Teekay Shipping Glasgow Ltd. In my third year at WVSU high school, I was involved in a fight between fraternities. Until today, I cannot clearly recall why the altercation between these two fraternities started. I could not recall who won but that experience taught me that I needed to learn self-defense. That night, I asked my parents if they can pay for my karate tuition but the salary of a sheriff and a teacher was already barely enough to keep four kids at school, never mind the extracurricular activities. As expected, no was the answer. That summer, my grandfather, who already introduced me to the Boys Scouts Iloilo chapter, said he will sponsor my karate lessons for the duration of the summer in exchange for helping out at the Boys Scouts headquarters. I have heard of Shorin Ryu from several classmates especially from John Gonzales, who was the younger brother of one of the Shorin Ryu blackbelts (Israel). This is how I ended up one afternoon at Kahirup building. It was an old building with a mysterious, abandoned feel and a long trek up the stairs to the 6th floor. Rather than feel I am in the wrong place, I got excited with every step especially when I start to hear the faint “Kiai!!” repeated time and time again. Awesome!!! Being conscious of my limited funds, the first question I asked the instructor was the monthly fee. I was taken aback by the answer. “Come back tomorrow in a white shirt and jogging pants. If you are still here after a month, we will talk about fees.” That was my introduction to Sir (Rodolfo Gerochi). Sensei Rodolfo Gerochi’s love of karate and his passion for passing on the teachings was unmistakable from the first time I met him. To this day, I don’t know of any other karate club in Iloilo where a member gets to train free for life after three months of paying fees. I’m not sure if I would be able to reach black belt if this was not Sir’s policy at that time. Everyone was welcoming, friendly and helpful at the dojo. Respect, signified by bowing as you enter the dojo, at the start and end of a training session and before leaving, was the first and most significant lesson from Sensei Dolfo. Respect others but equally value yourself as an individual. During the first three months of basic training, a white t-shirt and kimono pants were standard attire. It was only after successfully demonstrating the Kihon Kata that I was awarded the white belt. There were originally three belts in the belting system at Shorin-Ryu – white, brown, black. However, when I joined, it was increased to four belts with the inclusion of blue before brown. I loved the training sessions – Calisthenics, basic stances, blocks, strikes, makiwara pads, kicks, punching bags, speed ball and, most of all, kata. Then, there were the cool senior blackbelts – Jimbo, Arthur, Benjie, John, Gene and others who were all eager to share their knowledge and assist Sir. I got the taste of their awesome strength and form when I held the punching bag when they practice their kicks (especially Arthur and Tingtong). Being promoted to blue was only significant to me because only then I was able to join in the sparring sessions. Sparring was only held prior to tournaments and during promotion sessions. As blue belts, my fellow karatekas and I were already competing in tournaments in the black belt category. I remember Anthony and I borrowing a black belt from Roderick and the others during a competition as we didn’t have our own. Despite being blue belts, we were making good account of ourselves. The policy of free training for life after three months finally caught up with Sir Dolfo. The Kahirup dojo was given up by because he cannot make the rent. Every senior student volunteered to pay his share just to keep the dojo but Sensei Dolps did not want to stray from how he was taught. The closure of the Kahirup dojo was a very sad event for me. It was like losing my second home. Nevertheless, the teachings of Sir Dolfo really rubbed off on me somehow and I arranged the use of the WVSU high school gym and the WVSU cultural centre as venues for practising karate. I informed Sir Dolfo and the other black belts to come to the WVSU gym to train with us. Since the venue was free of charge, there was also no charge for joining the karate club which was endorsed by WVSU high school as one of the after class clubs. I invited all of my friends to train with us. A large number enrolled though only a few stayed, like Ariel Aujero, Danilo Dumaplin and others. I was promoted to black belt in St. Barbara where Sensei Dolfo organised an overnight camp spent on training, kata demonstration, reflection on the karate principles and sparring. Until now, I can still remember the rough gravel and sharp stoned between my toes as we were told to jog and duck walk around the camp barefoot. After achieving the black belt, I continued to train as well as train others like Joe John at the WVSU gym under the guidance of Sir Dolfo and the other black belts. From time to time, Sensei Eugene will visit, train with us and share his techniques. Roderick, Tingtong and Akit were frequent visitors who train with us. I also got to train at the UP campus with them. When I was accepted at PMMA in Ft. Bonifacio Manila, I continued my karate training at the academy. I formed the PMMA karate club then and I enlisted the assistance of Sensei Eugene Pestano and Sensei Tingtong Ibarreta to train a team to compete in the SCUAA where we won the gold. In karate, the basics are very important. It is no use progressing to the next belt if you are not truly confident you have achieved the form, speed and power required to perform the basic katas flawlessly. The true result and testimony of what you have learned at the dojo is how you apply the teachings when you step outside the door. It is not the colour of belt you have gained during training.

  Israel                    

 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!

Maria Teresita Calanza

 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. Daryll Tabujara

Daryll D. Tabujara
1st Degree Black Belt Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
I am Daryll D. Tabujara ,a seafarer. I was inspired by my father (Dominador R. Tabujara Jr.) who is also a black belt Okinawa. He was a former student of Sensei Arthur Contapay. My story started when I was 13 years old and a high school freshman. My father and I watched a Jet Li movie about the art of self-defence and my father asked if I would like to learn self-defense. At my young age, curiosity is very evident. I was full of enthusiasm to learn the skills. During my summer vacation, my father brought me to his friend Sensei James Senosa. He used to teach karate at Winner’s Gym Dojo. My first day was tough; I had pain all over my body. I made lots of adjustment in my time, diet and physical agility. After all the hardships I soon began to realize that learning the art of karate is about patience and respect. I believe that karate was not created to hurt others but the essence of it is to keep you away from hostility. It is not a job, it is a calling. To the beginners learning karate is not easy as ABC’s, you must learn it with patience and respect because these two values will mould you into a better a person and as a karateka. You must respect both superiors and inferiors so that you will also gain the respect that you want. Karate doesn’t end after I have finished the practice but it would be better if I can help support the projects of Dynamic Circle and their plans for the coming years. I will try best my best together with my father to influence others to learn the art and live the core values of karate. Osu !
John Lavelles
John C. Lavelles
 2nd Degree Black Belt Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
As a child, I was naturally lenient towards martial arts. I was a fan of Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan. At the age of 8 o 9 every after quarterly exams, I, together with my best friend, would sneak (our parents would not allow us to go anywhere out of school) to Ocean theater in Cubao to see a Kung Fu movie that starred Meng Fei, Jacky Chan or Bruce Lee. When I got home, I’d like imitate the stuntes I had just seen in the movies and then when my father, Atty. Johnny Lavilles, then an agent of the National Police Commission got home, I’d have him teach me some judo and jiu jitsu moves. Then, I waw so lucky to get hold of the book: The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Is studied it seriously during my 2nd year of high school and started sharing my knowledge with close friends who wanted to ‘know’.I thought.. I was a natural.I was then moved to the University of San Agustín in Iloilo at my 4th year of high school; a very awkward move, I then thought. Whereafter, I moved on to enroll for my 1st year of college at The University of the Philippines in the Visayas where I took up Biology and at the same time, joined the UP Scintilla Juris Fraternity. After being a member of the said frat for about 2 months, a fellow freshman by the name of James Sinosa approached our hangout to introduce himself as a nephew of a certain Rodolfo Gerochi who was allegedly the best friend of our late brod, Tata Grino. James was my HS Batchmate in San Agustín. He was in section E, while I was in an adjacent room, Section D. We were friends! So before he was able to recruit us to be karate students of his uncle(our Sensei), I successfully recruited him to be my fraternity brother! We then started to attend Sensei Dolpo’s karate classes at the penthouse of Kahirup building along Guanco   Street in Downtown Iloilo. We practiced everyday; all striving to achieve 100 hours of practice to earn the HONOR of WEARING A WHITE BELT! After school, together with Roderick Calanza, Joel Allones, James Sinosa, Trino Artuz (RIP), Israel Gonzales, we would rush to Kahirup dojo to practice, laugh and play ping pong and afterwards have a snack of Tibiao Siopao and a 500ml Sprite at a pharmacy beside the building. That routine went on for months and months until the dojo had to close down. Our practice sessions, however, continued in many differrent locations, I can no longer recall. But memory of all my training remained in my system even until such time that I had already forgotten that I was a karateka. I moved to Manila, my hometown, to pursue my studies in UP Diliman. There, I was tapped by my frat brods to impart my knowledge of karate, which i unselfishly shared, especially to those who deserved instruction. When I started working, i barely had time to exercise, until when I went to Iloilo for a vacation in 2000. I was invited by Jimbo to attend their practice session at Amigo Terrace hotel. During the said session, I RAN OUT OF BREATH! At the early age of 32, it was a bad sign. It was a sign that I wasn’t in goo physical shape! So the very moment I got to Manila, I decided to get fit and go into jogging at the Marikina Sports Park and I observed that there were many martial arts practitioners. Disciplines that ranged from boxing, jiu jitsu, tae kwon do and arnis. That was what reminded me that I was, in fact, a karateka, myself. When I met an shorinryu original master, I requested him to help me review my katas. So it started again.To this day, I had always been practicing shorinryu karate. Maybe not as often and not as strenuous and as dedicated as when I was younger, yet still, I am consistently reminded that there is Okinawan Shorinryu Karate blood running in my veins. When Dynamic Circle was founded, Eugene Pestano invited me to practice alongside Xavier Nava. We held sessions at a gym in Paranaque. There, I felt KARATE NEVER LEFT MY SYSTEM. I realized that KARATE HAD ALWAYS BEEN IN MY BLOOD. Today, I am a semi-retired IT Professional. I had a computer shop for about 10 years, a business I left to indulge in fixing my own life as a man.I go into businesses I think I can make any money out of.At the age of 45, I am very physically active and not a day would pass that I don’t include a karate move in my exercise regimen.And, being a karate man reminds me of keeping my cool when I want to save my money -I DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S HOSPITAL BILLS JUST BECAUSE ‘I LOST IT’. I would also like to say that, just like our sensei Dolps, I am very much willing to share knowledgedge, he very patiently and very unselfishly shared with me and the fellow karatekas I trained with – Jimbo, Joel, Roderick, Joey, Benjie, Tingtong, Arthur, Israel, Joefil, Trino and others whose names I can no longer recall; yet whose camaraderie I shared with I can never forget.
Agustin Castante
 Agustin S. Castante III  
First Degree Black Belt Okinawan Shorin Ryu
I am now currently employed as an Accounts Officer of an International Manpower Agency in Metro Manila. When I was 8 years old, I loved watching my cousin and uncle practicing karate. My uncle is a shorinji kempo and my cousin is a shotokan. Both are Blackbelts in their own respective art. When I was alone, I tried imitating their actions and moves. I also tried doing some calisthenics I saw from them: Push up, sit up, wild punching and other show boat movements. When I reached high school, because of my curiosity and love of martial arts, I joined shotakan as the only available martial arts in our town in Cabatuan, province of Iloilo where I learned some basics of karate like blocking, kicking and punching. I also joined boxing as one of the sports offered and sanctioned by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. My passion in martial arts was always hindered as my mother and other siblings do not like it as for them it is only for the barbaric and braggart individuals. They made me chose whether I continue practicing martial arts and stop my schooling or continue my schooling and stop martial arts. I chose to finish my education as I know I could still find my passion after I graduated in college. When I got a job after I graduated, I prayed and asked God to show me a sign and lead me the way to my passion. God answered me after three years when I got sick. I entered the compound of Jaro Cathedral where I saw a signboard of foot reflex. I went inside the Ave Maria Council and have a service of one of the reflexologists to cure my headache and colds. During the session of reflex, I heard some banging of pads, series of shouts and stumps of kicks. To make the story short, I met the karate instructor in charge and he introduced me the art of Shorin Ryu. Under the tutelage of senior blackbelts, I started absorbing the system and the art of Shorin Ryu. Okinawan Shorin Ryu will be my art forever because of its explosiveness and simplicity of movement. Karate gives me discipline which I never experienced inside the school compound or inside the 4 corners of the classroom. Karate gives me self control and grace in some sensitive and crucial situation. Karate emphasizes RESPECT.Karate is like a piece of chocolate, sweet and pleasing to the senses. Once you have it, you have the responsibility to share it to the deserving students. Karate like chocolate needs to be chewed before you swallow it, otherwise you will be in the wrong tract and you will be choked. To all the students of Shorin Ryu karate, learn the art by heart. When you are tired, rest. When you are knocked down, stand up. Never give up! As a student of Shorin Ryu, I will always try my best to uphold the principles of Karate until the final breath. As member of Dynamic Circle, I will support its program to the best of my capacity. Dynamic Circle can utilize my talent and skills as an educator and instructor.
Roderick Calanza
Atty. Roderick  Calanza
3rd degree Black belt OkinawaN Shorin-Ryu
Once upon a time, I went with some friends to a nondescript place where a simple person whom they endearingly called Sensei Dolphs was teaching a martial art system from Okinawa, called Shorin Ryu. I decided to join my friends in learning this ancient martial art. As time passed, I have observed students enter and pass the hallowed door of the dojo, trying to understand and learn the precepts and principles of Shorin Ryu, to be applied by them in the outside world. To use them, positively or otherwise, rests solely upon the kind of mindset the student has. I have tried to discern those elements to the heights or depths my mind could carry me. I have realized that Shorin Ryu teaches movements, stances, form, agility, nimbleness, endurance, interpretation and application. Notwithstanding the physical aspect, I have become aware that Shorin Ryu likewise emphasizes confidence, restraint, honesty and humility. But through all of the physical and attitudinal benefits that Shorin Ryu gave me, one element remains that in my mind, overwhelms them all, for it is there that I discovered love. In this vein, I consider myself a champion. Rei!!!
Atty. Ricardo Ibaretta
Atty. Ricardo C. Ibaretta
4th Degree Black Belt Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
I am Atty. Ricardo C. Ibarreta, Jr. 3rd degree Black Belt, Shorin Ryu Karate School. I am a practicing lawyer currently based here in CaloocanCity. 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.
James P. Sinosa
James P. Sinosa
4th Degree Black Belt Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu
My name is James P. Sinosa, Chief Instructor of Dynamic Circle of Shorin-ryu Association’s K of C Dojo. Presently I am the Belting and Promotions Officer of the Association, at the same time the Regional Director of Karate Federation of the Philippines (KFP) a national karate association for “Palarong Pambansa”. 2) What is your vocation right now? I am a struggling entrepreneur trying to fit myself in the agro-industrial business in Iloilo. 3) How did you come up to learn or how were you introduced to the art of karate? I started learning the Art of Karate when I was 7 years old; My Uncle Rodolfo Gerochi had a karate gym at their house in Jalandoni, Jaro. I and my childhood friends would practice during weekends. When Sensei Dolpo founded Shorin-ryu Association of the Philippines, He opened a karate gym in Kahirup Building where I had my formal lesson as a karate athlete. I practiced day in and day out and at often times practiced three times a day. Early in the morning Benjie and I would jog from Jaro to Museo Iloilo do some calisthenics there and do the pump and kick with Benjie on my shoulders 10 times frontal, 10 times roundhouse, 10 times sidekick and 10 times back kick after which Benjie took his turn, me on his shoulders. Then we practiced at Kahirup at noon time and again during the best practice schedule of all which is 5:30-7:30 daily wherein we would practice with all the students. Our team was compost of me, Joey, Benjie, Arthur, Joefil, Roderick, Joel, John, Tingtong and Israel. The next batches were Anthony, Xavier, Aye, Danilo, Joe John and the late Trino ( may his soul rest in peace). We became the best fighters of Iloilo. We were unbeatable and unstoppable. “The Champions, the Best of the Best. 4) What karate has contributed to you as a person? I am a person who finds difficulty in discipline. Self-discipline could be acquired and maintained by a dedicated practice of Karate. That is why I always cling to it. If I loss hold of it I might be out of the good track and I might get lost in this world of constant struggle. 5) What is your belief and Philosophy as karate man? “Karate ni sente nashi” Karate is self-defense from the start till the end. 6) What can you advice to our new students? Practice! Practice! And Practice! 7) What do you think you can contribute to Dynamic Circle? As of now I could not think of something else but one, which is to teach students who can teach karate.
Mary Thea Faith Calanza
Mary Thea Faith A. Calanza
First Degree Black Belt
Okinawan Shorin Ryu
I was seven when I was first introduced to Karate. Summer, it was the time where I experienced the most remarkable moment of my life. Together with my ever-supportive parents, they brought me to Amigo Terrace where the dojo was located. There I met my instructor, Sensei James Sinosa. All throughout I did not know what I was doing. I did not mind what it was because I enjoyed it. All I know was, I’m doing Karate. My parents, Roderick Joseph Calanza and Ma. Teresita Fe Calanza encouraged me to train Karate, not knowing that they were also my former seniors because they never told me about that. After summer, when I stopped I felt really sad because I wanted to continue. But because of the demands of my academic school during my elementary years I wasn’t able to go further. Before I entered High School I told my father that I want to go back training but he told me that Sensei James Sinosa’s dojo is far away from the city because it was located in the municipality of Pavia. Since I had this drive and addiction towards martial arts, I wished to join Aikido near our place but he told me to wait because he is confident that Sensei James Sinosa is the right instructor for me. After one year, he brought me to ISAT UNIVERSITY formerly WVCST. Sensei Marshall Baldevarona was my instructor. I trained there for almost two years. Within those years, the senseis planned to find a dojo because the dojo where I used to train was under ISAT U. Fortunately, they were able find one in Knights of Columbus where I transferred and continued to do what I love. Karate helped me to grow socially and emotionally because of the values taught, boosted my immune system, and made me realize that I should live a healthy lifestyle. Skills and proficient maneuvers are nothing when you do not live the values instilled. Noble is a man who learns Karate and uses it not to boast nor for showing off but for righteousness. When life knocks you down, defend right away. When it comes back, surprise it with a reverse punch. Give a good offense and the best defense. Kiai!. I will help by teaching other students who are willing to learn Karate.
Xavier

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 .

  eugene Pestano

Eugene Pestano

 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…

First Batch June 6, 2011

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Thomasina Murphy

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.

Thomasina  Murphy

Website:      http://free-today.net/

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