(Or why Original Okinawan Karate)
karate in 1976 at a local YMCA.
Over the next 9 years, he lived in 6 cities, including one year
in Tokyo as a college exchange student in Sensei Morio
Higaonna's Yoyogi Dojo (featured in The History Channel's "Human
Weapon") and studied various
styles of Okinawan and Japanese karate.
In 1985, Jim Hoffer was introduced to Grand
Master Katsuya Miyahira's
Shidokan Shorin-ryu style of karate, taught in North America by Sensei
Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan. Since 1985, Jim Hoffer has trained in
this style and currently holds a 5th dan (5th degree black belt) in
Jim Hoffer was a member of Sensei Allen Mayne's Shibu Dojo and head of
the Detroit area Fuku-Shibu branch Dojo. Jim Hoffer has
traveled to Lansing Michigan hundreds of times to train under
Sensei Seikichi Iha (10th dan) at his Lansing dojo to train as well as
other Michigan dojo's run by Sensei Iha's senior students. He was a
member of The North American Beikoku Shido-Kan Shorin-ryu Association
and the Ryukyu-Ocho-Shurite Kobujutsu Association
until 2009, where political issues made him feel it was necessary to
quit these organizations.
In addition to receiving instruction from Sensei Iha and Sensei Iha's
senior American students, Jim Hoffer has trained under various Okinawan
instructors visiting Sensei Iha in Lansing Michigan, including Okinawan
full contact champion, Sensei Koichi Nakasone.
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