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The Kyudokan hosted a special open lesson in honour of Shinchan, a fine young man from Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo in Adachi Ku, Tokyo, Japan. Being his first visit to the UK, we were eager for Shinchan to enjoy his stay.

Many thanks to Daniel Tennent Sensei who was instrumental in making it possible for Shinchan to stay with the students who visit Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo. Daniel Sensei was keen to fulfill Yonemoto Sensei’s wish to see us all together. 

It was good to see some of the students of Yonemoto Sensei enjoying the day and studying together. We are all very fortunate to have a Sensei who teaches “ friendly ways” and we continue to study daily so that we may understand this teaching a little deeper.

The Kyudokan hosted a special open lesson in honour of Shinchan, a fine young man from Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo in Adachi Ku, Tokyo, Japan. Being his first visit to the UK, we were eager for Shinchan to enjoy his stay.

Many thanks to Daniel Tennent Sensei who was instrumental in making it possible for Shinchan to stay with the students who visit Yonemoto Sensei’s dojo. Daniel Sensei was keen to fulfill Yonemoto Sensei’s wish to see us all together.

It was good to see some of the students of Yonemoto Sensei enjoying the day and studying together. We are all very fortunate to have a Sensei who teaches “ friendly ways” and we continue to study daily so that we may understand this teaching a little deeper.
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You said you will never take him back

Proud of that picture. Shame on all off you to not stand up. I know you feel awkward. Shit I felt the same way.. fullstop. I can’t come back to all this bullshit. Fake

I see you have in and bought Perry back. Truly Pathetic

The guy that said you are a wanker. The guy that said I don’t deserve my grade. You are all a disgrace

This young man is amazing!!
Xander has only joined today. Aged 4, his co ordination is remarkable. Definitely a black belt for the future!
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Thank you! Very proud of him today 🙂.

この子、初めてなの⁉️😅凄いね~❗👍見処有るよ❗(^_^)v

Lesley Jones this is where Jack goes x

Osu

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Thank you Sensei. X

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Your head student is so focused.

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Well done all of you 👌🏼👏🏼

Excellent show, congratulations.

Absolutely amazing Dave , what fab kids x

Excellent!

Ps and you! Last bit was so amazingly funny, well done you for being inspirational!

Charlie you are so good . Love uxx

Remember watching Lloyd train!

Jiten Desai Nisha Deepa Natasha

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A brilliant day yesterday at the Warsash Festival! Many thanks to Debbie and Ross who really didn’t stop demonstrating. We had queues lining up to try board breaking and pad work.

Met some past students from many years ago..some 20 years ago and met their children!! An emotional day for me.

So many people interested in joining at Holly Hill today, thanks to Debbie and Ross’s passion and enthusiasm.
If there is anyone who would like to come along for 10.30 this morning, to help the coach the newcomers , your support would be very much appreciated.
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Courage, the art of living dangerously

I’ve recently been interested by people’s own interpretation of courage and how there are many different forms of courage.
In karate, it is widely accepted that the more physical the grade, the better it is. To pass requires many attributes. One is courage.

Gavin Mulholland Sensei’s DKK has gradings, he calls it Field of Truth which from a layman’s point of view, appears quite brutal, some would say unnecessary. I disagree. One thing that Gavin does insist on from his students is courage. Because, quite simply, if his students do not possess or develop courage, they would fail their grade. ( please forgive my presumption Gavin but if you ever decide to change  the name, Field of Courage would be very appropriate, given the metal of your students )

But what is courage? Courage, very broadly, involves making a decision or taking action where a risk is involved—something actual or imagined to fear.  Courage is the necessary force ensuring growth rather than retreat. 
 I believe there are many different kinds of courage and as teachers we have a massive responsibility to our students ensuring such growth.

Physical courage is what most people think of first:  bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death.  It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness. 
Social courage is familiar to most of us as it involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection.  
Intellectual courage is to question our thinking, and to the risk of making mistakes.  It means discerning and telling the truth. 
Moral courage is doing the right thing, particularly when risks involve shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others, to match word and action with values and ideals.  It is not about who we claim to be to our children and to others, but who we reveal ourselves to be through our words and actions.  
Emotional courage opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones.  It is strongly correlated with happiness.  
Spiritual courage fortifies us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning, either in a religious or nonreligious framework. 

I recently had a grading where the students also displayed great courage and in doing so, passed their grade. Was it as hard and gruelling as Gavin’s grading requirements? Nowhere near!! Did they display courage? Yes, just as much!!

The grading I recently took was for the children. Children as young as five years old who displayed such courage in facing their  uncertainty, afraid of failure. It takes time to develop courage!   As we guide our children’s small steps knowing they can someday lead to taking big steps on behalf of themselves and others.Image attachment

Courage, the art of living dangerously

I’ve recently been interested by people’s own interpretation of courage and how there are many different forms of courage.
In karate, it is widely accepted that the more physical the grade, the better it is. To pass requires many attributes. One is courage.

Gavin Mulholland Sensei’s DKK has gradings, he calls it Field of Truth' which from a layman’s point of view, appears quite brutal, some would say unnecessary. I disagree. One thing that Gavin does insist on from his students is courage. Because, quite simply, if his students do not possess or develop courage, they would fail their grade. ( please forgive my presumption Gavin but if you ever decide to change the name, Field of Courage would be very appropriate, given the metal of your students )

But what is courage? Courage, very broadly, involves making a decision or taking action where a risk is involved—something actual or imagined to fear. Courage is the necessary force ensuring growth rather than retreat.
I believe there are many different kinds of courage and as teachers we have a massive responsibility to our students ensuring such growth.

Physical courage is what most people think of first: bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death. It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness.
Social courage is familiar to most of us as it involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection.
Intellectual courage is to question our thinking, and to the risk of making mistakes. It means discerning and telling the truth.
Moral courage is doing the right thing, particularly when risks involve shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others, to match word and action with values and ideals. It is not about who we claim to be to our children and to others, but who we reveal ourselves to be through our words and actions.
Emotional courage opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones. It is strongly correlated with happiness.
Spiritual courage fortifies us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning, either in a religious or nonreligious framework.

I recently had a grading where the students also displayed great courage and in doing so, passed their grade. Was it as hard and gruelling as Gavin’s grading requirements? Nowhere near!! Did they display courage? Yes, just as much!!

The grading I recently took was for the children. Children as young as five years old who displayed such courage in facing their uncertainty, afraid of failure. It takes time to develop courage! As we guide our children’s small steps knowing they can someday lead to taking big steps on behalf of themselves and others.
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A massive well done to all the students today who took their grading.

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Thank you for supporting Sandy through his grading. It was hard not being there but a pleasure to know my young man is coming into his own. He was very proud of himself when he got home.

Thank you so much... Tabitha was so unbelievably proud of herself and your lovely words! She has such little confidence in herself that yesterday meant the world to her x

Krystyna Bauza

Oliver being awarded Student of the Week. It was his first lesson. What make this award so special, this was his first time attending the advanced class. 
Well done Oliver

Oliver being awarded Student of the Week. It was his first lesson. What make this award so special, this was his first time attending the advanced class.
Well done Oliver
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I thought I was the only one who enjoyed pain. Grace is still smiling even after I pulled her hair, closed her windpipe and took her legs away. It helps to be a little crazy!! Grace, your doing well.
Photo courtesy of her father James ( I wasn’t too rough )

I thought I was the only one who enjoyed pain. Grace is still smiling even after I pulled her hair, closed her windpipe and took her legs away. It helps to be a little crazy!! Grace, your doing well.
Photo courtesy of her father James ( I wasn’t too rough )
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It may have been your after shave

For all Kyudokan juniors, green belt and above, the advance class every Wednesday from 6-30 to 7-30pm is a great class. Photos are of some of the students who were awarded Student of the Week. Numbers are limited, so let me know as soon as possible  if you wish to attend.Image attachmentImage attachment

For all Kyudokan juniors, green belt and above, the advance class every Wednesday from 6-30 to 7-30pm is a great class. Photos are of some of the students who were awarded Student of the Week. Numbers are limited, so let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend. ... See MoreSee Less

Change of venue for Half Term: Eastleigh and Chamberlayne.

Training this week for half term which is normally held at Places in Eastleigh and Chamberlayne Leisure Centre will be held at the Main Dojo instead.

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road Southampton, SO14 0QB

Training next week returns to normal venues.

Bitterne and Holly Hill sessions are unaffected and will be held at their normal venues.

Thank you,

Team Kyudokan.
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San Dan Gi (Three Step Sparring) was the focus for the first part of Tuesdays Senior class. Great turnout and atmosphere this evening 👊 
Every Tuesday, Fairways House Dojo, 7.30 - 8.30pm followed by relaxed individual work afterwards for those who wish to stay on and study.

San Dan Gi (Three Step Sparring) was the focus for the first part of Tuesdays Senior class. Great turnout and atmosphere this evening 👊
Every Tuesday, Fairways House Dojo, 7.30 - 8.30pm followed by relaxed individual work afterwards for those who wish to stay on and study.
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THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE WITH YOUR GLOVES ON!

After a break - Girl Power is now back on, Mondays at 7pm.

Our Girl Power sessions focus on coping with everyday stresses, anxiety and supporting you through life’s challenges.

In this unique and fully complete system, you will learn:

• Methods to stimulate the release of endorphins, essential in maintaining a healthy outlook and fighting stress.
• The ultimate Cardio and Conditioning workout.
• Relaxation techniques to better promote health and mindfulness.
• Improve self-confidence and promoting general wellbeing.
• A workout for ALL fitness levels. Beginners Welcome
• Basic defence

Our weekly 60 minute sessions are held in our purpose built traditional dojo, conveniently located in the centre of Southampton.

Sessions are exceptional value at only £6 per session / £30 for 5 weeks, including all relevant insurances and tuition by highly qualified instructors.

THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE WITH YOUR GLOVES ON!

After a break - Girl Power is now back on, Mondays at 7pm.

Our Girl Power sessions focus on coping with everyday stresses, anxiety and supporting you through life’s challenges.

In this unique and fully complete system, you will learn:

• Methods to stimulate the release of endorphins, essential in maintaining a healthy outlook and fighting stress.
• The ultimate Cardio and Conditioning workout.
• Relaxation techniques to better promote health and mindfulness.
• Improve self-confidence and promoting general wellbeing.
• A workout for ALL fitness levels. Beginners Welcome
• Basic defence

Our weekly 60 minute sessions are held in our purpose built traditional dojo, conveniently located in the centre of Southampton.

Sessions are exceptional value at only £6 per session / £30 for 5 weeks, including all relevant insurances and tuition by highly qualified instructors.
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Hi Emma, the youngest would be 12 and no upper limit. Presently the class has an age range from 14 to late 40’s. There is a class tomorrow at 7pm, would you like to come along and join in or just have a look? Many thanks. Paul

What is the age range like at the girl power session please?

4 months ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association
21 Students turned up for grading this weekend!!

Congratulations to the 18 people who passed: Youre all one step closer in your journey.

For those who were unsuccessful: Not passing your grade doesn’t mean you failed, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Each mistake teaches us something. Failure is so important. 

All great sportsmen and women have failed. Muhammad Ali, Lewis Hamilton, Paula Radcliff and many more have failed many times. But they all became champions.

I have failed. When I took my 2nd Dan. We learn from failure not from success.

Remember,..failure will never defeat you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.

David Morris SenseiImage attachment

21 Students turned up for grading this weekend!!

Congratulations to the 18 people who passed: You're all one step closer in your journey.

For those who were unsuccessful: Not passing your grade doesn’t mean you failed, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Each mistake teaches us something. Failure is so important.

All great sportsmen and women have failed. Muhammad Ali, Lewis Hamilton, Paula Radcliff and many more have failed many times. But they all became champions.

I have failed. When I took my 2nd Dan. We learn from failure not from success.

Remember,..failure will never defeat you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.

David Morris Sensei
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🥋Lots of deep thought and conversation during the advanced karate Junior class, helping our most dedicated Juniors fulfil their potential as Karateka. 🥋 ... See MoreSee Less

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Your inspirational Dave cxx

🥋Great to see the Wednesday Junior class back after the Easter break.🥋

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Jiten Desai Nisha Panchal Deepa Panchal Natasha Panchal

Excellent junior and adult mixed session today at Holly Hill. Great to see even more new starters. Well done Alexander and Kevin!

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Thank you... Tabitha is absolutely loving it!

Congratulations to Theo: best advanced junior.
Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class. Theo is working hard on Sanchin for his Grading in two weeks

Congratulations to Theo: best advanced junior.
Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class. Theo is working hard on Sanchin for his Grading in two weeks
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Congratulations from Okinawa!

Congratulations go out to Miss Jemma Jackson who passed her Shodan, black belt with the Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association. 

Jemma,  18 , who lives in Bramshaw, has been training in karate since a very young age. She joined the Kyudokan nearly two years ago after being with another club for many years.

David Morris Sensei, Chief Instructor of the Kyudokan, remembers her first day and recalls “when Jemma first stepped into our dojo, it was very daunting for her. There were many students, men and women who were sparring, contact was hard but controlled. Kyudokan students are from many martial arts and styles, Jujitsu, Muay Thai. Kung  Fu. I could see then that she felt uneasy with what she was seeing”.

At her previous club Jemma explained “she had experienced very little contact or understood going to ground and using Goju effectively”. 

David continues, “karate has many facets and the one most important one being, especially when going for black belt is “can you fight? “ or more importantly, have you the courage to fight? Jemma could of turned away and gone back to her previous club. But she didn’t. 

Jemma openly admits she doesn’t like fighting but she had to spar with all the black belts present for her grade. Jemma completed 6 non stop 3 minutes bouts with each of the black belts, then repeat this 2 more times, sparring 6 people non stop for nearly an hour.
Her black belt is testimony to her courage. Well done Jemma!

Congratulations go out to Miss Jemma Jackson who passed her Shodan, black belt with the Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association.

Jemma, 18 , who lives in Bramshaw, has been training in karate since a very young age. She joined the Kyudokan nearly two years ago after being with another club for many years.

David Morris Sensei, Chief Instructor of the Kyudokan, remembers her first day and recalls “when Jemma first stepped into our dojo, it was very daunting for her. There were many students, men and women who were sparring, contact was hard but controlled. Kyudokan students are from many martial arts and styles, Jujitsu, Muay Thai. Kung Fu. I could see then that she felt uneasy with what she was seeing”.

At her previous club Jemma explained “she had experienced very little contact or understood going to ground and using Goju effectively”.

David continues, “karate has many facets and the one most important one being, especially when going for black belt is “can you fight? “ or more importantly, have you the courage to fight? Jemma could of turned away and gone back to her previous club. But she didn’t.

Jemma openly admits she doesn’t like fighting but she had to spar with all the black belts present for her grade. Jemma completed 6 non stop 3 minutes bouts with each of the black belts, then repeat this 2 more times, sparring 6 people non stop for nearly an hour.
Her black belt is testimony to her courage. Well done Jemma!
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Well done Gemma!!

Congrats Jemma

well done but don't go throwing mum around! x

Well done gem

❤ congratulations Jemma

Congrats! Will feel very safe when you're around!

Wow 😲 what an achievement, well done 👍

Many congratulations Gemma x

Osu well done Jemma

Thank you!!! X

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Congratulations to Sam: best advanced junior.
Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class.Image attachmentImage attachment

Congratulations to Sam: best advanced junior.
Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class.
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Well done Sam. You look quite well David. Xx

Well done Sam.

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Scott Paul

Blast from the past!!

Congratulations to Charlie: best advanced junior. 

Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class. This week focussed on Bunkai. Last week focussed on Kata and the trophy was won by Harry.

Congratulations to Charlie: best advanced junior.

Each week this trophy is awarded to the student who puts in the most effort in the advanced junior class. This week focussed on Bunkai. Last week focussed on Kata and the trophy was won by Harry.
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Great job Charlie!

5 months ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Association
Happy Birthday To Us!!! 
It has been 1 year since we moved into our own Dojo!
Thank you so much for your support - we have loved watching you all develop over the last year. 
Make sure to check out our updated training times so you can make the most of your Kyudokan Membership:
👊MONDAYS👊 
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱5.45 - 6.45pm Girl Power: Female only Combat Fitness
⏱7 - 8.30pm Advanced Seniors (1st KYU and above only)
👊TUESDAY👊
@ Places Leisure Eastleigh, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 9NL 
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊WEDNESDAY👊
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱5.30 - 6.30pm Junior Karate Session
⏱6.30 - 8pm Junior Advanced Karate Session (Green Belt and above only)
👊THURSDAY👊
@ Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 150 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9SJ
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊FRIDAY👊
@ Bitterne Leisure Centre, Dean Road. Bitterne, Southampton, SO18 6AQ
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊SUNDAY👊
@Holly Hill Leisure Centre, Barnes Lane, Southampton, SO31
⏱10.30 - 11.30am Junior & Senior Karate
@The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱2 - 6pm Monthly Weapons & Grading Sessions for Juniors & Seniors. Please ask for the date of the next session!

Happy Birthday To Us!!!
It has been 1 year since we moved into our own Dojo!
Thank you so much for your support - we have loved watching you all develop over the last year.
Make sure to check out our updated training times so you can make the most of your Kyudokan Membership:
👊MONDAYS👊
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱5.45 - 6.45pm Girl Power: Female only Combat Fitness
⏱7 - 8.30pm Advanced Seniors (1st KYU and above only)
👊TUESDAY👊
@ Places Leisure Eastleigh, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 9NL
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊WEDNESDAY👊
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱5.30 - 6.30pm Junior Karate Session
⏱6.30 - 8pm Junior Advanced Karate Session (Green Belt and above only)
👊THURSDAY👊
@ Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 150 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9SJ
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊FRIDAY👊
@ Bitterne Leisure Centre, Dean Road. Bitterne, Southampton, SO18 6AQ
⏱6 - 7pm Junior Karate Session
@ The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱7.30 - 9pm Senior Karate Session
👊SUNDAY👊
@Holly Hill Leisure Centre, Barnes Lane, Southampton, SO31
⏱10.30 - 11.30am Junior & Senior Karate
@The Kyudokan Dojo, Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0QB
⏱2 - 6pm Monthly Weapons & Grading Sessions for Juniors & Seniors. Please ask for the date of the next session!
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Wednesdays Junior class at Fairways House will revert back to 5.30pm to 6.30pm as this time seems to be better for those who found it difficult to come to the earlier time.

This will start immediately from tonight.

Wednesday's Junior class at Fairways House will revert back to 5.30pm to 6.30pm as this time seems to be better for those who found it difficult to come to the earlier time.

This will start immediately from tonight.
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Carmel Gardner

Kids Karate Parties from £105 (25% discount for members).
Your child can be a Black Belt and Sensei for the day with their friends.
Mini Karate Lesson, breaking boards, fun and games, cake cutting with samurai sword.
Free follow up lesson for all attending.
Free use of Main Dojo for party available.
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Eight minds one thought, Eight thoughts one mind........Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do

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It’s this guy I’m worried about

At least we know the fate of at least one of the sticky bandits

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