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Brief History of Bushi Dojo from Argentina and Sensei MuÒoz

Before introducing myself I want to thank the GKK for having opened the door of this prestigious organization to us. We feel honoured and at the same time this represents a great challenge to us. Each of us will put our best in order to represent it in the best possible way.

     Regarding my experience in martial arts, at the age of six I wanted to learn karate, but I was not accepted because the requirement to start was to be twelve years old at least. I was so eager to start something that my parents sent me to a judo school. I spent some time there, but I still felt that karate was what I really wanted.

     When I turned twelve I heard that a karate dojo was being established close to my house, so in December of 1974, I started with our practice. This first step in karate got me involved with the practice of  Kyokushin kai style, created by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama.

     Before introducing myself I want to thank the GKK for having opened the door of this prestigious organization to us. We feel honoured and at the same time this represents a great challenge to us. Each of us will put our best in order to represent it in the best possible way.

     Regarding my experience in martial arts, at the age of six I wanted to learn karate, but I was not accepted because the requirement to start was to be twelve years old at least. I was so eager to start something that my parents sent me to a judo school. I spent some time there, but I still felt that karate was what I really wanted.

     When I turned twelve I heard that a karate dojo was being established close to my house, so in December of 1974, I started with our practice. This first step in karate got me involved with the practice of  Kyokushin kai style, created by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. Image

      I trained strongly in this school until 1985, when my sensei, for reasons that we didn't know, decided to change to another school. He traveled to Japan and met Sensei Morio Higaonna, and that is when we started with our practice of Goju Ryu.

     Undoubtedly these two styles have  influenced me for the rest of my life and I try to transmit the high values of karate to my students in order to keep a strong mind, body and soul and to preserve, always,  the spirit of the beginner.

     Nine years ago I decided to become an instructor, in order to attempt to teach all I have learnt throughout the years. This challenge has made me give classes to students in City Bell and also in Buenos Aires (Capital City of our country).

      The age range of our students goes from children to adults over the age of forty. In our group we have some cases in which father and son share training sessions, something that makes the experience of learning karate even more meaningful for them.

      I would also like you to know that I'm open to practice, observe and investigate other martial arts in order to keep learning new things and to observe valuable things that can be adapted to our practice. This is the reason why, besides judo, I have participated in different activities in which I got involved with aikido, boxing, ju jitsu, as well as with other karate styles such as Shorin Ryu, Uechi Ryu and Kyokushin.

     This open attitude allowed me to organize, last April, a joint class with a Spanish Sensei from Kyokushinkai Kan who belongs to Kancho Hatsuo Royama´s school. Sensei Royama was a direct student of Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. I Consider that these type of events are really enriching for all of us and we expect to have as many as possible in the future.

    

Our best regards from Bushi dojo!