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American Budo Consortium and Mumon Karate


Black Belt Mastery Clinic

Kawanabe Karate Do and Hachiriki  

In this Master Class you will learn about Hachiriki


  • The 8 powers of Kojiki religion as adapted by Tadao Okuyama and Koto Kawanabe

  • 8 directions and how they are related to the waist, feet, and breathing

  • The four top to down movements: Kai, Go, Sei, and Chi.  The four down to up movements: Gyo, Bun, Do, and In.  The center of the circle is "u".  And the many, many different combinations of these movements.

  • Hachiriki used as a blocks or a strikes and by unifying the body and breath in order to get the maximum flow of energy and hence the most power and obtaining the feeling of mula bunda in the perineal area one can unify the total body making it move as "one

Join us in this special event.

About Master Curiel

Master Elijio Curiel started his Karata training in 1973, in Tucson AZ under Sensei Clyde Kakimoto's Shotokai Karate of Tucson. After earning his brown belt in Shotokai, he traveled to Atsugi Japan, near Tokyo, and received his Sho Dan after an intensive 2 month training under Koto Kawanabe. In the mid-1950s, Master Kawanabe was Captain of Waseda University's Athletic Karate Association (Waseda Shotokan Karate), succeeding Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima (Shotokan Karate of America). During his training at Waseda, Kawanabe was introduced and then later greatly influenced by Master Hoken Inoue, nephew of Ueshiba Morihei.  Master Kawanabe also practiced with much intensity and was influenced by Master Tadao Okuyama, who created his written Kototama and version of the Hachiriki (8 powers) using the ken. Hachiriki principles date back to the history of Kojiki, the Japanese history book, published in 712. 


In the 1980s Master Kawanabe introduced the Kototama and Hachiriki to the Tucson dojo. Master Curiel continued to make frequent trips to Japan to study Kawanabe Budo Karate based on Hachiriki and Hachiken principles.  Master Kawanabe also made several visits to AZ in the mid-1980s and 1990s to share his budo with the Tucson Karataka. Master Curiel later opened his own Dojo in Tucson in 1994. His study and practice of Hachiriki based Budo Karate under Master Kawanabe gave him much understanding and insight with the use of whole body, mind and spirit in movements and techniques applicable to the Bo, Jo, and open hands.


Master Curiel currently holds an 8th Dan with Kawanabe Karate Do; the highest ranking student among Master Kawanabe's global students. 

No spectators or cameras. ABC will provide photos of each session and groups upon request. 

Participants of both Friday and Saturday sessions will be presented with certificate of completion signed by Master Eli Curiel. 

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Event Times:


Friday               7-9PM

Saturday         10AM-1PM



Price through April 13th:

Friday only       $60 USD

Saturday only  $70 USD

Both sessions: $100 USD

After April 13, register at the door. Add $10 (USD) fee – CASH ONLY 

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