Ronin Black Belts Practice
By Sempai Carlos Jose Montalvo
On September 23, 2006, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the following Ronin Members got together at a dojo in Florida to witness the Ronin Goju Ryu Kai Karate Shodan Test of Sensei Scott Dahl from Glynco, Georgia. Sensei Woody Best did an outstanding job in preparing Sensei Dahl, who is already a Black Belt in Ishinnryu Karate and a Police Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center along with Sensei Best. Congratulations to Sensei Dahl for his performance during his test specially the sparring section. As a surprise, Sensei Best coordinated with Hanshi Montalvo and Gakusei (student) Rolando Alvarez was tested and promoted to the 9th Kyu (Yellow Belt). Alvarez, Dahl and Best are Federal Agents and their street alertness and malice was present during their entire practice.
We began the practice with warm up exercises consisting in stretching, punching, kicking and blocking conducted alternately by Hanshi Alicea, Kyoshi Torres, Kyoshi McNatt and Renshi Torres. We discussed and practiced Ronin Police Defensive Tactics techniques. Then Kyoshi Torres emphasized ground techniques and we finished with Hanshi Alicea‚Äôs Shinkage Iaido for the enjoyment of all the audience. Kyoshi McNatt, known as the second foreigner in obtaining the Nidan by the JKA (1960s) shared with all of us his vast knowledge in traditional karate.
During the recess, we stop at a lounge and exchange techniques during verbal kumite. The different martial arts backgrounds from this instructors/masters brought to the table a huge variety of techniques and applications in a true Ronin Brotherhood atmosphere. After the practice we all went to Hanshi Montalvo's home and my Mom was waiting for us with a typical Puerto Rican's √§rroz con pollo". Meanwhile Hanshi Montalvo and the other Law Enforcement Sensei exchanged defensive tactics techniques and opinions. It was a great day. These are the players. For more details please see attached photographs.
Hanshi Carlos Montalvo 9th Dan
Hanshi Oscar Alicea 9th Dan
Kyoshi Daniel Torres 8th Dan
Kyoshi Donald McNatt 7th Dan
Renshi Harrison Torres 5th Dan
Sensei Woody Best 3rd Dan
Sensei Scott Dalh 1st Dan
Sempai Carlos J. Montalvo Brown Belt 3rd Kyu
Gakusei Rolando Alvarez 10th Kyu