Rolling- a modern western term for 乱取り randori or getting on the mat and "fighting" or "competing." The term randori is frequently used by Judo (Olympic Martial Sport) practitioners and the term Rolling is used by modern JJ and BJJ practitioners.
Nine- 九 honor to the "Nine Schools," the source of the R9D flow.
Deep- an homage to the master, 師匠 - Shishō, to always go deeper in one's practice.
-Found on the class schedule in red if the main instructor is teaching it and in green if one of the sempai (with 7+years of martial arts experience) is teaching.
Fun and challenging conditioning training, "Tanren" which is optimized for reinforcing and going deeper into your martial arts practice.
Bouldering is frequently held on Wednesday nights at DUMBO Cliffs in Brooklyn. $10 fee to be paid to the location. Usually there is a martial arts class held outdoors right after.
Calisthenics & Tanren must be scheduled with the instructors.
-Scheduled mostly on Sundays (with a few substitue Saturdays) and found on the class schedule in orange.
Upcoming Events & Seminars
Next NYC Kaceminar will be held in 2019. As soon as the information is available it wil be posted here.
Kacem Trailer Videos:
For an assortment of past Seminar Videos, as well as Dr. Kacem Zoughari's Biography please visit his Biography Page
Examples of past Kacem Zoughari on the East Coast USA
|When:||August 17 & 18, 2013 NYC|
|Topic:||Tsurugi, Ken, Jo, Hanbo, Koppou-Jutsu, Kosshi-Jutsu|
|When:||March 16 & 17, 2013 Syracuse N.Y.|
|Topic:||Sappo, and Hanbo|
|When:||January 28-29, 2012 NYC|
|Topic:||Takagiyoshinryu Iaijutsu and Secret Taijutsu|
|When:||October 8-9, 2011, Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topic:||Naginata, Ken, Kodachi, Hekito Gata and Koppojutsu|
|When:||July 16-17, 2011, Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topic:||Takagi Yoshin Ryu Chuden Level + Spear|
|When:||April 16-17, 2011, Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topic:||Ken, Jo and Jutte|
|When:||February 5-6, 2011 NYC|
|Topic:||Iaijutsu and Kusari-Fundo|
|When:||October 9-10, 2010, 2010 Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topic:||Koppou-Jutsu and Yari-Jutsu|
|When:||July 10th - 11th, 2010 Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topic:||TakagiyoshinRyu Ura Gata and Tojutsu|
|When:||January 17 - 18, 2009 DC|
|Topic:||Kacem Zoughari Togakure Ryu - Bojutsu Seminar|
|When:||Oct 18 - 19, 2008 NYC|
|Topic:||Takagiyoshinryu Jutaijutsu and Takagiyoshinryu Nawa Jutsu - High Tree, Raised Heart School and "Takagiyoshinryu" Rope Technique|
|When:||September 6-7, 2008 Poughkeepsie NY|
|When:||March 8 - 9, 2008 NYC|
|Topic:||Togakure Ryu (Part II), Gyokko Ryu Chuden Waza, Ken (Sword)|
|When:||July 7 - 8, 2007 DC|
|Topic:||Kukishinden Ryu Chuden|
|When:||March 10 - 11, 2007 NYC|
10am - 6pm Both Days
|Topics:||Kukishinden Ryu DakenTaijutsu Shoden, Chuden gata and Hanbo Jutsu|
|When:||May 27 - 28, 2006 NYC|
|Topics:||"Shinken Kihon" and "Bukiwaza" - real fighting fundamentals and weapon techniques|
|When:||January 7 - 8, 2006 Poughkeepsie NY|
|Topics:||Jissen Kihon Happo|
Letter to the Dojo
Justin, Ignacio and I just returned from training in Japan. This trip was spur of the moment as we decided to take advantage of the lull in gaijin practitioners in Noda. We experienced classes with Hatsumi Soke which only had around 25 people per class. I haven't experienced Soke's classes with so few people since my trip to Japan in 1992. We trained with Ishizuka sensei and his top disciples morning and night (when we were not attending Hatsumi Soke's classes). It was an intense and personal experience.
I view the members of our dojo as very fortunate; because of Kacem's generosity quite a few of you have been to Japan for training and have experienced what it is like training and living in Ishizuka sensei's dojo. For me the experience of training in Ishizuka's dojo has evolved over time. While always exceedingly generous, during this latest trip Ishizuka Sensei and his disciples were extraordinarily generous in their patience and what they revealed to us.
Personally speaking this trip represented an opportunity for me to dive deeper into my practice and to aim for higher goals and standards for myself. I urged Justin and Ignacio to do the same and spoke to both of them in some length about the opportunity. The real purpose of this email is to extend this invitation to all of you.
Over the last few years we have all experienced heart-wrenching difficulties and challenges (including Kacem). Many of you have told me of the pain and difficulties in your life and I have in turn told you of mine. Many of you feel you are in some of the deepest, darkest and melancholy times of your life. I can tell you, we are all in the same boat, almost all of us have or will experience the same or similar hardships in life. However we all have a kinship in Ninjutsu and Ninpo. This art was created in hardship and its practitioners persevered through the pain. This is the only reason why to this day we are blessed to be able to experience the art of Ninjutsu.
Let us all help each other pull through the hard times. I strongly encourage all of you to join me Justin and Ignacio and reinvigorate your commitment to yourself, the dojo, and The Art. Begin shedding all the excuses in your mind, begin to strengthen your body and continue to dive deeper into your heart to find the benevolence within. We all have the opportunity to make a new beginning, not by changing our immediate situation but by changing our interpretation of our current existence. In my opinion, the internal interpretation and manipulation of one's own self and view of one's own life and the world around us is the highest level of "kyojitsu tenkan ho" that one can practice. I invite all of you to begin practice anew, with a beginner's mind, with enthusiasm and openness to change and to look forward to the future ahead. Let us practice together and renew our commitment to ourselves, the dojo, and The Art.
Joshua Noro Polier