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Caribbean Martial Arts Event

Caribbean Martial Arts EventOur IFOJJ Puerto Rico Rep Jesus Bonilla ran a great seminar series. Goshin Budokan Dojo Presented the Caribbean Martial Arts Event.

The Highlighted Grandmasters were Joe Hess, Bill D'urso, Joseph Miller, Lou Ferrel, Bob Souder, Robert Hernandez, Jesus Bonilla, along with Michael DePasquale Jr.

Jesus and his students did a great job representing not only the IFOJJ and his dojo but the Martial Art community.

Photos of the event are in our GALLERY


On September 24th Soke Michael Depasquale Jr. went to Boston

Jackie Pence hosted a Seminar on September 24th with Soke Michael Depasquale Jr.

Jackie has helped the IFOJJ Martial Art University quite a bit in the past few years and we thank her for that. Her husband, Keven Pence, is a DePasquale Combat Jujitsu 2nd degree black belt. He is doing a great job teaching a lot of our combat jujitsu black belts in the Boston area.

Photos of the event are in our GALLERY

New Horizon Karate Seminar/Test

Congratulations Black BeltsOn the 25th of September Soke Michael DePasquale Jr. did a seminar at Jim Alty New Horizon Karate. Where not only was the Seminar well received, but seven people were tested for Shodan in the combat Yoshitsune system.

Congratulations to Marshall Akita, Geoff Akita, Peter Stark, Philippa Schwarzkopt, Rick Maypother, Jim Gettens, and Hie Tu. This is first 2nd generation of black belts in the system. Hats off to Shihan Jim Alty for doing a great job with all of his DePasquale Yoshitsune Combat jujitsu system. They even performed the test lefty and righty.

Photos of the seminar and test are in our GALLERY

New Hampshire News

Shawn Flanagan, our IFOJJ rep in New Hampshire, is a 3rd Dan in the Combat Yoshitsune jujitsu system and a First Dan in the Yoshitsune traditional system. He has been running a fantastic jujitsu program at his Karate International Martial Arts school. He also tested many of his students while Soke DePasquale Jr. was visiting, and boy what a terrific job he did. Take a look at a clip on Shawn and John's site with Soke teaching hand and foot drills. http://www.kimacnh.com/entry.brt?i=62

Martial Arts Symposium 2010

This year Terry Dow's Martial art symposium was a great success in New Hampshire. Many blackbelts attended with their students. Some of the notable instructors were Bill Wallace, Bruce Juchink, Jeff Driscoll, Master Brent Crisci, and Soke Michael DePasquale Jr.

West Point News

IFOJJ Rep and Yoshitsune Shihan Antony Nataro is back at West Point helping teach the cadets in the Judo Program. Remember last year the team was a winning team and I am sure this year will be the same. Tony also supported the IBRF and had a great write up in the PSE&G newsletter where he works.

Action Film Academy

Action Film Academy 2010In August Michael DePasquale Jr. ran his Action Film Academy with a lot of Martial Art school instructors and students. Take a look at the new promo at www.actionfilmacademy.com. All the students that graduated from the Action Film Academy became members of the Screen Action Stunt Association www.sasastunts.com. An independent film was also shot at the AFA called "The Last Operative". All of the students who attended were in scenes. Special thanks goes to all those who help with instruction; Joe Hess, Bill D'urso, Tom Renner, Larry Houck (who also set up the all equipment at the event), Ross Greenberg , Marvin Carmona, Angel Torres, Doctor Phil DeFina, and good friend of Michael DePasquale Jr's, Chuck Zito, who showed up on Sunday.


Florida News

Congratulations to Drew and Daniel Serrano for an outstanding job with the IIMAA conference in Florida. Along with IFOJJ's Michael DePasquale Jr. was Bill Wallace, George Kirby, Christine Bannon Rodriguez, Toby Milroy, Jeff Allen, Greg Goepfert, Jim Graden, Richard Bustillo, and many others. Take a look at www.iimaaconference.net.

Soke Michael Depasquale Jr. promoted two people to Shodan in the combat yoshitsune system. Joe Ferrel, a student of of Joe Hess, and Tom Payne who is a high ranking traditional Yoshitsune practitioner. His father who has been studing the Yoshitsune system for over 30 years is our IFOJJ rep and top ranking Yoshitsune Jujitsu instructor. Soke also did a Seminar for a lot of outside Martial Art practitioners which was thoroughly enjoyed.

Photos of the event are in our GALLERY


Soke DePasquale and Friend Wesley SnipesCasting Call with Wesley Snipes

In September Michael DePasquale Jr. put a casting call together at the Double Tree Hotel in Ft. Lee NJ. Many of the AFA graduates attended and did a skilled job. Other Martial Art luminaries who attended the casting call; Shonie Carter, Kevin Thompson, Ronald Duncan Jr., Kenny Lee, and many more. The day turned out to be a great success with over 150 people.

Photos of the event are in our GALLERY

Alabama News

Soke Michael Depasquale Jr. was in Alabama in August, with IFOJJ rep and Yoshitsune Blackbelt, Soke Jimmy Steager. Soke DePasquale has been going to Alabama for over ten years. Each time Soke Jimmy Steager tests many students in his Fujikan system and Yoshitsune system.

Congratulations to all of those who tested and Kudos to Jimmy's new school. Soke DePasquale spends the weekend with Jimmy, his family, and his students. He always raves about how they train and treat him. God Bless You guys!

Photos of the event are in our GALLERY

Save A Soldier Project

Recently IFOJJ reps Bill D'urso and Joe Hess ran a successful fundraiser for the IBRF at Bill's church in Springfield Virginia. All of the members of the church took part in the day's activities from bake sales to safety programs for the attendees. Kudos to both Bill and Joe for raising $3500 for the IBRF Save a Soldier Project.

IFOJJ Rep Sensei Tom Renner who is ranked and trains with Soke Michael DePasquale Jr. raised $1300 for the IBRF. He hosted Soke DePasquale Jr. to teach several seminars at his school which he does twice a year and what a great group of students he has. Besides the seminars, there was a test for his blackbelts. Soke DePasquale was proud to watch these students perform dynamic Jujitsu techniques. When all was said and done there was a Tea Ceremony to present them with their rank. Tom as recently in the movie "Salt", "CSI New York", and more... it all started at the Action Film Academy.

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