“With determination, the dream will be fulfilled.”

MONTALBAN, RIZAL – The Shinkyokushinkai Karate Philippines bravely hiked the summit of Mt. Parawagan under the leadership of Philippine Branch Chief, Sensei Richard Picar, last February 10.

One of its objective is to strengthen the bonds towards a good relationship and to build a stronger organization on behalf of the Shinkyokushin Organization all over the world. Mainly, it isn’t just about the number of karatekas inside the organization, thus, the Philippine Branch wants to create a whole big family that is unbreakable and everlasting.

Despite of difficulties in reaching the summit, they remained delighted as they move forward. They believe that the spirit of a true martial artist isn’t just about conducting a training, it is also about how their willingness could bring them towards in achieving to be a good individual.

As they reached the middle part of the mountain, they helped each other by building up their own tent and to take some rest to continue their activities. According to Senpai Mike Picar, one of the earlier colleague and a 1st kyu senior student, the activity would really enhance their physical well-being and to strengthen each individual not just mentally but also emotionally.

“I believe that continuing my journey with the Shinkyokushin organization, could help me to hone my prowess”, he stated.

The next morning, everyone was busy preparing their stuffs. Packing up their valuable things and conducting some minor exercises to heat them up. They fearlessly continued their journey until they reached the peak of the mountain.

When they reached the summit, the training was accompanied by Sensei Richard Picar, Senpai Alberto Baquiran, Senpai Ram Cierva, Senpai Yong Languisan, and Senpai Paul Magahis.

After the exercises, kihons, and idugekos held at the top of the mountain, they patiently waited for the sun to rise and to take some memorable photos so they can proudly hold on to the saying in Filipino “Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga”. Meaning, every sacrifices has its reward you’ll just have to be patient in achieving a whole different stuff.



“We are one family, just in different houses.”

The Shinkyokushinkai Karate Philippines has announced the opening of its new dojo, the Quezon City Dojo, located at VNT Gym Philand Drive, Tandang Sora, Quezon City, last Feb. 3.

The said opening was accompanied by an intense karate training led by Sensei Richard Picar, which started at around 10:00am up to 12:00nn.

According to Senpai Tristan Ilay, a 1st kyu senior student, the opening of the new dojo is one step towards creating a larger and stronger Shinkyo family.

“May this new training camp be our avenue to further enhance our skills and capabilities to become better martial artists”, he added.

On the other hand, the opening ceremony was not only intended to embrace the new dojo, but also to welcome the new recruits and those karatekas who just went back to training after a 3-year hiatus.

Yvan Pimentel, one of the new recruits and a Grade 12 student from New Era University, said that he joined karate because he wanted new experience and because he was inspired by his friends.

“Karate helped me to gain lots of friends. After just a few days of training, I can say that it improved my physical well-being and it helped me know myself more”, he said.

LJ Mindalano, a Grade 12 student with patellar dislocation and one of the new recruits also shared her experience.

“I like Karate because it allows me to do what other people say I can’t. It makes me feel that having this patellar dislocation is not a hindrance for me to do the things I love”, she ended.

Meanwhile, the schedule of training in the Quezon City Dojo is every Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00pm, and every Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00nn.

-Joanna Antonette Guadalupe (8th kyu student)